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Methods in Psychological Research

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9781412924856

ISBN10:
1412924855
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
12/17/2007
Publisher(s):
Sage Pubns

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Summary

Click on the Supplements tab above for further details on the different versions of SPSS programs. 'œEngaging and well-written research methods textbooks such as this one are a plus for students and instructors. Evans' text is a welcome addition to what is currently available. It is one of the more impressive research methods texts I have reviewed over the years.' -Jennifer Myers, University of MichiganWritten in a clear compelling manner, Methods in Psychological Research is THE only text that takes readers through the research process from reading the literature to writing up a research report.It is pedagogically driven, interactive, and highly applied to engage and motivate students who are taking what is often considered to be a 'œdrudge' requirement. Authors Annabel Ness Evans and Bryan J. Rooney present this brief and basic introduction to research methods in psychology in a relaxed style, at a moderate level of detail, and with a rich mix of pedagogy to encourage students from a variety of backgrounds and academic preparation and to help connect students to the material. The authors offer an applied approach, emphasizing doing research with simple in-text exercises that are more interactive than those found in most methods textbooks.They also provide examples of real psychology research, both from the research literature and, uniquely, from student research projects. This friendly and supportive presentation of the basics conveys to students the excitement and fun of the research enterprise and involves them in doing research rather than just memorizing another term for an exam.Key FeaturesContains unique 'œFAQ' sections. In class, students perpetually have problems with certain fundamental concepts. A question-and-answer section at the end of each chapter anticipates these questions to help students tackle and understand especially tricky, confusing, or difficult topics. Presents a broad range of coverage (including both experimental and non-experimental methods) that also balances breadth and depth of coverage and does not go into the depth and sometimes tedious detail presented in longer methods books. Gives examples from both published and student research that serve to illustrate not only 'œgood' research design but also to provide scenarios where a violation of an attribute of good research has occurred. Employs a casual, relaxed style of writing. The authors make frequent use of 'œFYI' boxes, which provide cautionary notes to students and more fully explain certain difficult or confusing concepts. Incorporates useful pedagogical tools. Each chapter begins with clear objectives to which students can refer to get a snapshot of the material that they are about to read. End-of-chapter summaries are followed by chapter exercises and chapter projects, which are designed to test whether students have mastered those objectives and to encourage them to apply what they've learned in the chapter.High-Quality Ancillaries Available The text is accompanied by an Instructor's Resource CD-ROM and a Student Study Site at www.sagepub.com/evansmprstudy, both of which include material created by the authors themselves. The Instructor's CD-ROM features: PowerPoint slides for each chapter for use during class lectures

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction to Research in Psychology
Objectives
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
Answers to Conceptual Exercises
FAQ
Chapter Exercises
Chapter Projects
References
Understanding the Research Literature
Objectives
Searching the Literature
The Research Article
Chapter Summary
Answers to Conceptual Exercises
FAQ
Chapter Exercises
Chapter Projects
References
Research In Psychology: An Ethical Enterprise
Objectives
General Principles
Ethical Standards
Special Populations
Internet Research
Bias and Intellectual Honesty
Chapter Summary
Answers to Conceptual Exercises
FAQ
Chapter Exercises
Chapter Projects
References
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
Power and the Role of Replication in Research
External and Internal Validity
Chapter Summary
Answers to Conceptual Exercises
FAQ
Chapter Exercises
Chapter Projects
References
Measuring Variables
Objectives
Ways of Asking Questions
Measuring Observed Behavior
The Importance of Precision in Measurement
Tests, Scales, and Inventories
Commercially Available Tests and Inventories
Chapter Summary
Answers to Conceptual Exercises
FAQ
Chapter Exercises
Chapter Projects
References
Selecting Research Participants
Objectives
Sampling Methods
Sample and Effect Size
Power Revisited
Chapter Summary
Answers to Conceptual Exercises
FAQ
Chapter Exercises
Chapter Projects
Reference
Experimental Design: Independent Groups Designs
Objectives
Why We Do Experiments
How We Do Experiments: Independent Groups Designs
Chapter Summary
Answers to Conceptual Exercises
FAQ
Chapter Exercises
Chapter Projects
References
Experimental Design: Dependent Groups and Mixed Groups Designs
Objectives
Dependent Groups Designs
Mixed Designs
Chapter Summary
Answer to Conceptual Exercise
FAQ
Chapter Exercises
Chapter Projects
References
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
Answers to Conceptual Exercises
FAQ
Chapter Exercises
Chapter Projects
References
Finding Relationships Among Variables: Nonexperimental Research
Objectives
Quasi-Experiments
Longitudinal Research
Cross-Sectional Research
Case Studies
Correlational Research
Chapter Summary
Answers to Conceptual Exercises
FAQ
Chapter Exercises
Chapter Projects
References
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
Answers to Conceptual Exercises
FAQ
Chapter Exercises
Chapter Projects
Appendix: Ways to Increase Response Rates to Mail-Out Surveys
References
Program Evaluation, Archival Research, and Meta-Analytic Designs
Objectives
Program Evaluation
Archival Research
Meta-Analysis
Chapter Summary
Answers to Conceptual Exercises
FAQ
Chapter Exercises
Chapter Projects
References
Your Research Project: Analyzing, Interpreting, and Presenting Your Research
Objectives
What Are Statistics and Why Are They Necessary?
Making Inferences From Your Data
Chapter Summary
Answers to Conceptual Exercises
FAQ
Communicating in Psychology
Objectives
Writing in Psychology
Presenting Research in Writing
Other Ways of Presenting Research
Chapter Summary
Answers to Conceptual Exercises
FAQ
Chapter Exercises
Chapter Projects
Appendix: Research Report Checklist
Glossary
Index
About the Authors
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