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Methods in Psychological Research

Third Edition


© 2014 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This interactive and highly applied text engages students with a rich mix of pedagogy (including unique FAQs and FYIs), a casual reader-friendly writing style, and examples of real psychological research from both research literature and student research projects. In this updated third edition, authors Annabel Ness Evans and Bryan J. Rooney focus on applying concepts and doing research with simple in-text exercises. Friendly and supportive in tone, this unique presentation of the basics conveys to students the excitement and fun of the research enterprise.
 
Ch1. Introduction to Research in Psychology
Acquiring Knowledge About the World  
Psychology—Science and Art  
Critical Thinking  
Objectives of Science  
The Tenets of Science  
The Scientific Method  
Theories, Concepts, and Hypotheses  
Why We Do Research  
Approaches to Research  
Steps in Planning and Doing Research  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter Resources  
 
Ch2. Understanding the Research Literature
Objectives  
Searching the Literature  
The Research Article  
Basic Statistical Procedures  
More Complex Statistical Procedures  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter Resources  
 
Ch3. Research in Psychology: An Ethical Enterprise
Objectives  
Are Ethical Codes Necessary?  
General Principles  
Ethical Standards  
Special Populations  
Internet Research  
Bias and Intellectual Honesty  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter Resources  
 
Ch4. Hypothesis Testing, Power, and Control: A Review of the Basics
Objectives  
Three Levels of Hypotheses  
Testing the Null Hypothesis  
Statistical Significance  
Inferential Errors: Type I and Type II  
Power and How to Increase It  
Effect Size  
The Role of Replication in Research  
External and Internal Validity  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter Resources  
 
Ch5. Measuring Variables
Objectives  
Ways of Asking Questions  
Social Desirability and Response Set  
Measuring Observed Behavior  
The Importance of Precision in Measurement  
Tests, Scales, and Inventories  
Commercially Available Tests and Inventories  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter Resources  
 
Ch6. Selecting Research Participants
Objectives  
Sampling Methods  
Sample and Effect Size  
Power Revisited  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter Resources  
 
Ch7. Experimental Design: Independent Groups Designs
Objectives  
Why We Do Experiments  
How We Do Experiments: Independent-Groups Designs  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter Resources  
 
Ch8. Experimental Design: Dependent Groups and Mixed Groups Designs
Objectives  
Dependent-Groups Designs  
Mixed Designs  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter Resources  
 
Ch9. Experimental Design: Single-Participant Designs/The Operant Approach
Objectives  
Single-Participant Design and the Experimental Analysis of Behavior  
Concepts in the Experimental Analysis of Behavior  
ABA and ABAB Withdrawal Designs  
Multiple-Baseline Design  
Alternating-Treatment Design  
Changing-Criterion Design  
Advantages and Disadvantages of Single-Participant Designs  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter Resources  
 
Ch10. Nonexperimental Research: Finding Relationships Among Variables
Objectives  
Quasi-Experiments  
Longitudinal Research  
Case Studies  
Cross-Sectional Research  
Correlational Research  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter Resources  
 
Ch11. Data Collection Methods
Objectives  
Observational Research: Observing the Behavior of Individuals  
Advantages and Disadvantages of Observational Research  
Survey Research: Asking People Questions About Their Behavior  
Observing Group Behavior: The Focus Group  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter Resources  
 
Ch12. Program Evaluation, Archival Research, and Meta-Analytic Designs
Objectives  
Program Evaluation  
Archival Research  
Meta-Analysis  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter Resources  
 
Ch13. Your Research Project: Analyzing, Interpreting, and Presenting Your Research
Objectives  
What Are Statistics and Why Are They Necessary?  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter Resources  
 
Ch14. Communicating in Psychology
Objectives  
Writing in Psychology  
Presenting Research in Writing  
Other Ways of Presenting Research  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter Resources  
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

Instructor Teaching Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank, [written by author name, if author-created] is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • A Respondus electronic test bank, [written by test bank author name, if author-created] is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.
  • Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch classroom interaction by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content. 
  • Each chapter includes audio links related to important topics and designed to supplement key points within the text. Carefully selected, web-based video links feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics. When relevant, related questions for discussion are included.
Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
  • Mobile-friendly web quizzes allow for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.
  • Each chapter includes audio links, covering important topics and designed to supplement key points within the text.
  • Interesting and relevant additional readings provide a jumping-off point for course assignments, papers, research, group work, and class discussion.
  • Carefully selected, video links feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide your interpretation.

This book is best for graduate student in psychology with a statistical book. Abstracted & user friendly for lecturers & students.

Dr Amir Hossein Ashna
Psychology , Refah University college
February 26, 2016

A clear and concise text, written in language that is user friendly. A perfect text for undergraduates new to the basics of psychological research. Also, the support materials for both student and faculty are outstanding, and very cost-effective.

Dr Peter Zubritzky
LIBERAL ARTS PROG, Cmty College Of Beaver County
December 2, 2014
Key features
KEY FEATURES:
  • Illustrative artwork emphasizes pertinent concepts while providing a visual foundation.
  • Conceptual mini-exercises encourage students to stop and think critically about the material they have just read.
  • Expanded discussion of the use of introductory psychology students as participants; mediating and moderating variables; extraneous and confounding variables; and outcome measures in program evaluation.
  • Updated examples in such areas as randomized and individual group design; ABAB design; longitudinal research; using self-administered questionnaires; program evaluation; archival research, and more.
  • End-of-chapter material includes suggested answers to the conceptual exercises, a collection of chapter exercises, and projects voted by students to be the most useful.
  • A popular FAQ section, comprised of the questions asked most often by the authors’ students, anticipates questions and offers solutions.
  • Chapter 13, written specifically for students who are required to conduct or propose a research project, is complete with detailed examples and basic statistical procedures.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 6

Chapter 13

Detailed Table of Contents


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