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The Process of Research in Psychology

Fourth Edition
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January 2019 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Process of Research in Psychology employs the pedagogical approach of spaced repetition to present a student-friendly introduction to conducting research in psychology. Drawing on more than 17 years of teaching experience, best-selling author Dawn M. McBride covers topics with step-by-step explanations to help students understand the full process of designing, conducting, and presenting a research study. Early chapters introduce important concepts for developing research ideas, subject sampling, ethics, and data collection; more detailed coverage of these topics is included in “More About” chapters to provide instructors with flexibility in their teaching. Concepts and skills relevant to more than one stage of the research process are covered in multiple contexts, providing repeated exposure to the topics students often struggle with but that are the most important in gaining research skills.

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Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
PART I: Overview of the Research Process from Start to Finish
 
Chapter 1: Psychological Research
Why Should I Care About Research if I Don’t Want to Do Research in My Career?  
Why Psychologists Conduct Research  
How Psychologists Use the Scientific Method  
Basic and Applies Research  
Thinking About Research  
Chapter Summary  
Common Pitfalls and How to Aoid Them  
Applying Your Knowledge  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Chapter 2: Hypothesis Development
Developing a Research Question  
How to Conduct a Literature Review  
What You Find in a Literature Review  
Using the Literature Reveiw to Make Hypotheses  
Thinking About Research  
Chapter Summary  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Applying Your Knowledge  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Chapter 3: Ethical Guidelines for Psychological Research
Historical Context for Ethical Guidelines  
Curernt Ethical Guidelines for Human Participants Research  
Instititutional Reveiw Boards  
Current Ethical Guidelines for Nonhuman Animal Subjects  
Ethics In Reporting Research  
Thinking About Research  
Chapter Summary  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Applying Your Knowledge  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Chapter 4: How Psychologists Use The Scientific Method
Data Collection Techniques  
Types Of Research Designs  
Chapter Summary  
Thinking About Research  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Applying Your Knowledge  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Chapter 5: Variable and Measurement In Research
Dependent Variables  
Independent Variables  
Validity And Sources Of Bias  
Thinking About Research  
Chapter Summary  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Applying Your Knowledge  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Chapter 6: Sampling
Populations and Samples  
Probability Samples  
Convenience Samples  
Comparison of Probability and Convenience Sampling Techniques  
Recruiting Participants  
Using the Internet to Sample  
Thinking About Research  
Chapter Summary  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Applying Your Knowledge  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Chapter 7: Summarizing and Interpreting Data: Using Statistics
Descriptive Statistics: Summarizing the Data  
Inferential Statistics: Testing Hypotheses  
Predicting the Null Hypothesis  
Thinking About Research  
Chapter Summary  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Applying Your Knowledge  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Chapter 8: Reporting Research
APA-Style Article Writing  
Oral Presentations  
Poster Presentations  
Thinking About Research  
Chapter Summary  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Applying Your Knowledge  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Part II: More About Research Methods and Analysis
 
Chapter 9: More About Using Statistics
Comparing Groups or Condidtions  
Thinking About Research  
Chapter Summary  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Applying Your Knowledge  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Chapter 10: More About Survey Research
Answering Research Questions With Surveys  
Creating a Survey  
Survey Administration  
Thinking About Research  
Chapter Summary  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Applying Your Knowledge  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Chapter 11: More About Correlational Studies
Research Questions In Correlational Studies  
Correlational Study Examples  
Thinking About Research  
Chapter Summary  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Applying Your Knowledge  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Chapter 12: More About One-Factor Experiments
Learning About Causation Through MAnipulation and Control  
Control in Within-Subjects and Between-Subjects Experiments  
Experiment Examples  
Thinking About Research  
Chapter Summary  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Applying Your Knowledge  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Chapter 13: More About Multi-Factor Experiments
Factorial Designs  
More About Interactions  
Experiment Examples  
Chapter Summary  
Thinking About Research  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Applying Your Knowledge  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Chapter 14: More About Quasi-Experiments
Types of Quasi-Experiments  
Sources of Bias in Quasi-Experiments  
Thinking About Research  
Chapter Summary  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Applying Your Knowledge  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Chapter 15: More About Other Specialized Designs
Developmental Designs  
Small-n Designs  
Thinking About Research  
Chapter Summary  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Applying Your Knowledge  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Appendix: Statistical Calculations
 
Glossary
 
References

Supplements

Instructor Resource Site

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SAGE edge for instructors
supports teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students. The following assets are included on the password-protected site.

  • PowerPoint presentations that follow the chapter structures with figures from the text.
  • A Test Bank available in Word format which allows for easy customization.
  • An Instructor’s Manual with chapter-specific discussion questions, class assignments, and more.
  • Sample syllabi for setting up a semester or quarter class syllabus.
  • A Lab Exercise Matrix, which serves as a guide for using this text in conjunction with the Lab Manual for Psychological Research, Fourth Edition, along with an Answer Key to the manual.


Student Study Site

edge.sagepub.com/mcbride4e

SAGE edge for students provides a personalized approach to help students accomplish their coursework goals in an easy-to-use learning environment. The open-access site includes the following.

  • eFlashcards for “anywhere, anytime” studying.
  • Answers to all of the Test Yourself sections that appear at the end of each chapter.
  • SPSS data files for the data examples with some additional SPSS data examples for each statistical test covered in chapters.
  • Multimedia resources for further exploration of topics.


“This is a student-friendly text that motivates students to engage in the research process. Each chapter covers the topics necessary to allow the professor to enhance learning through classroom discussion and the applied use of the material learned. The book guides students in their quest of hypothesis testing and statistical analysis.”

Lina Racicot
American International College

“I really like this text. It fits well with the introductory course that I teach, it is at an appropriate reading level for my students, and it covers the key topics regarding the process of completing research projects. My students continually review it very highly, and it has great resources that help to keep things fresh each time I use it.”

Valerie P. Wilwert
Metropolitan State University
Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
  • A full-color design allows data graphs and photos to illustrate concepts in a more visually appealing way.
  • Expanded content on the importance of research methods for consumers of information has been added to the beginning of Chapter 1 to explain why students should care about research.
  • Chapter-ending Applying Your Knowledge sections prompt students to practice application of concepts to reinforce their learning.
  • Additional data graphs aid in student comprehension through more examples.
  • A revised lab manual to accompany the text provides students with additional practice of research methods skills and activities related to conducting their own research project.
KEY FEATURES:
  • Chapter organization reflects the logical, natural progression of conducting research, iterating the steps in the research process in the first part of the book and covering different types of research designs in the second half.
  • Thinking About Research sections at the end of chapters provide a summary of a real research study for students to analyze and relate to the chapter content.
  • Examples and activities in each chapter come from a wide range of psychological settings, giving students a useful overview of real research.
  • Using Research sections at the end of selected chapters help students connect research methods knowledge to reports they encounter in their daily lives and from the media.
  • End-of-chapter quizzes allow students to test their knowledge. 




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