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Taking into consideration the four basic approaches to behavioral research (descriptive research, correlational research, experimental research, and quasi-experimental research), Introduction to Behavioral Research Methodsshows students how to conceptualize questions, measure variables, design studies, and analyze data.
Table of Contents
|Research in the Behavioral Sciences|
|The Beginnings of Behavioral Research|
|Goals of Behavioral Research|
|The Value of Research to the Student|
|The Scientific Approach|
|Behavioral Science and Common Sense|
|Philosophy of Science|
|The Role of Theory in Science|
|A Priori Predictions and Post Hoc Explanations|
|Conceptual and Operational Definitions|
|Proof and Disproof in Science|
|Strategies of Behavioral Research|
|Domains of Behavioral Science|
|Behavioral Variability and Research|
|Variability and the Research Process|
|Variance: An Index of Variability|
|Systematic and Error Variance|
|Assessing the Strength of Relationships|
|Meta-Analysis: Systematic Variance across Studies|
|The Measurement of Behavior|
|Types of Measures|
|Scales of Measurement|
|Estimating the Reliability of a Measure|
|Estimating the Validity of a Measure|
|Fairness and Bias in Measurement|
|Approaches to Psychological Measurement|
|Self-Report: Questionnaires and Interviews|
|Types of Descriptive Research|
|Describing and Presenting Data|
|The Correlation Coefficient|
|A Graphic Representation of Correlations|
|The Coefficient of Determination|
|Statistical Significance of r|
|Factors That Distort Correlation Coefficients|
|Correlation and Causality|
|Other Correlation Coefficients|
|Advanced Correlational Strategies|
|Predicting Behavior: Regression Strategies|
|Assessing Directionality: Cross-Lagged and Structural Equations Analysis|
|Uncovering Underlying Dimensions: Factor Analysis|
|Basic Issues in Experimental Research|
|Manipulating the Independent Variable|
|Assignment of Participants to Conditions|
|Experimental Control and Generalizability: The Experimenter's Dilemma|
|Main Effects and Interactions|
|Combining Independent and Subject Variables|
|Analyzing Experimental Data|
|An Intuitive Approach to Analysis|
|Analysis of Two-Group Experiments: The t-Test|
|Analyses of Matched-Subjects and Within-Subjects Designs|
|Analyzing Complex Designs|
|The Problem: Multiple Tests Inflate Type I Error|
|The Rationale behind ANOVA|
|How ANOVA Works|
|Between-Subjects and Within-Subjects ANOVAs|
|Multivariate Analysis of Variance|
|Experimental and Nonexperimental Uses of Inferential Statistics|
|Time Series Designs|
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