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Developmental Research Methods



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Developmental Research Methods, now in its Fourth Edition, successfully presents an overview of methods to prepare students to carry out, report on, and evaluate research on human development, with a focus on the whole lifespan. Updated and expanded coverage of the traditional topics blends seamlessly with new topics such as cross-cultural research, animal research, causal modeling, autobiographical memory, and peer relations to provide students with a wealth of current information. Author Scott A. Miller explores every step in the research process, from the initial concept to the final written result, covering conceptual issues of experimental design as well as the procedural skills necessary to translate design into research.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Goals of the Bookp. 3
Steps in a Research Programp. 3
Plan of the Bookp. 7
Summaryp. 8
Exercisesp. 8
General Principlesp. 10
Variablesp. 11
Validityp. 12
Samplingp. 14
Controlp. 16
Subject Variablesp. 19
Box 2.1. Controlled Studies With Animalsp. 21
Outcomesp. 23
Threats to Validityp. 27
Summaryp. 29
Exercisesp. 30
Designp. 31
Age Comparisonsp. 32
Box 3.1. The Microgenetic Methodp. 41
Condition Comparisonsp. 43
Correlational Researchp. 51
Summaryp. 55
Exercisesp. 56
Measurementp. 58
Some Basic Conceptsp. 58
Box 4.1. Looking Inside the Brain: Methods of Measuring Brain Activityp. 66
Quality of Measurementp. 68
Testsp. 70
Regressionp. 74
Observational Methodsp. 77
Box 4.2. The Experience Sampling Methodp. 82
Summaryp. 87
Exercisesp. 88
Procedurep. 89
Standardizationp. 89
Some Sources of Biasp. 93
Reactivity and Related Problemsp. 95
Box 5.1. Archival Datap. 98
Experimenter Biasp. 102
Loss of Participantsp. 104
Summaryp. 105
Exercisesp. 106
Contexts for Researchp. 107
Lab and Fieldp. 107
Box 6.1. Research in Museumsp. 115
Ecological Systemsp. 117
Cross-Cultural Researchp. 121
Summaryp. 123
Exercisesp. 124
Qualitative Researchp. 126
Characteristics of Qualitative Researchp. 126
Methods of Studyp. 128
Box 7.1. Mixed Methods Researchp. 135
Overview and Evaluationp. 137
Summaryp. 137
Exercisesp. 138
Applied Researchp. 139
Socially Important Issuesp. 141
Assessmentp. 145
Box 8.1. Research With Minority Populationsp. 147
Interventionp. 149
Summaryp. 151
Exercisesp. 152
Statisticsp. 153
Uses of Statisticsp. 153
Some More About Significancep. 158
Choosing a Statistical Testp. 160
Correlationsp. 165
Alternatives to ANOVAp. 168
Box 9.1. Meta-Analysisp. 170
Some General Pointsp. 173
Summaryp. 174
Exercisesp. 175
Ethicsp. 176
Guidelines and Proceduresp. 177
Rights of the Research Participantp. 180
Summaryp. 189
Exercisesp. 190
Writingp. 191
Some General Pointsp. 192
Sections of an Articlep. 194
Some Specific Stylistic Pointsp. 199
Summaryp. 203
Exercisesp. 204
Infancyp. 205
General Issuesp. 205
Infant Perceptionp. 211
Box 12.1. Perception of Facesp. 219
Infant Cognitive Developmentp. 221
Infant Social Developmentp. 229
Box 12.2. Attachment and Infant Day Carep. 236
Summaryp. 242
Exercisesp. 243
Cognitive Developmentp. 245
The Piagetian Approachp. 245
The Intelligence Test Approachp. 251
Memoryp. 256
Theory of Mindp. 266
Box 13.1. Executive Functionp. 272
Conceptsp. 274
Summaryp. 278
Exercisesp. 280
Social Developmentp. 281
Moral Developmentp. 281
Sex Differencesp. 297
Peer Relationsp. 305
Box 14.1. The Internet as a Context for Developmentp. 310
Child Rearingp. 311
Summaryp. 320
Exercisesp. 321
Agingp. 323
General Issues (as Illustrated by the Study of IQ)p. 324
Box 15.1. Wisdomp. 338
Memoryp. 341
Personality and Social Developmentp. 351
Box 15.2. Ageismp. 354
Summaryp. 360
Exercisesp. 361
Glossaryp. 363
Referencesp. 371
Author Indexp. 408
Subject Indexp. 421
About the Authorp. 435
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