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The Process of Research in Psychology

Third Edition
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October 2015 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Using diverse examples from published research, the Third Edition of The Process of Research in Psychology provides step-by-step coverage on how to design, conduct, and present a research study. Early chapters introduce important concepts for developing research ideas while subsequent "nuts and bolts" chapters provide more detailed coverage of topics and examine the types of research relevant to the field. This logical two-part structure creates an excellent foundation upon which students can build their knowledge of the entire research process.
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Part I: Overview of the Research Process from Start to Finish
 
Chapter 1: Psychological Research: The Whys and Hows of the Scientific Method
Why Psychologists Conduct Research  
How Psychologists Use the Scientific Method  
Basic and Applied Research  
Why Should I Care About Research if I Don’t Want to Do Research in My Career?  
Chapter Summary  
Thinking About Research  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Using Research  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Chapter 2: Hypothesis Development: Where Research Questions Come From
Developing a Research Question  
How to Conduct a Literature Review  
What You Find in a Literature Review  
Using the Literature to Make Hypotheses  
Chapter Summary  
Thinking About Research  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Chapter 3: Ethical Guidelines for Psychological Research
Historical Context for Ethical Guidelines  
Current Ethical Guidelines for Human Participants Research  
Institutional Review Boards  
Current Ethical Guidelines for Nonhuman Animal Subjects  
Ethics in Reporting Research  
Chapter Summary  
Thinking About Research  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
SAGE edge Study Site  
 
Chapter 4: How Psychologists Use the Scientific Method: Data Collection Techniques and Research Designs
Data Collection Techniques  
Types of Research Designs  
Chapter Summary  
Thinking About Research  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Using Research  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Chapter 5: Variables and Measurement in Research
Dependent Variables  
Independent Variables  
Validity and Sources of Bias  
Chapter Summary  
Thinking About Research  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
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  
Chapter Summary  
Thinking About Research  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Using Research  
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  
Chapter Summary  
Thinking About Research  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
SAGE edge Study Site  
 
Chapter 8: Reporting Research
APA-Style Article Writing  
Oral Presentations  
Poster Presentations  
Chapter Summary  
Thinking About Research  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
SAGE edge Study Site  
 
Part II: The Nuts and Bolts of Research Methods and Analysis
 
Chapter 9: The Nuts and Bolts of Survey Research
Answering Research Questions With Surveys  
Creating a Survey  
Survey Administration  
Chapter Summary  
Thinking About Research  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Chapter 10: The Nuts and Bolts of Correlational Studies
Research Questions in Correlational Studies  
Correlational Study Examples  
Chapter Summary  
Thinking About Research  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Chapter 11: The Nuts and Bolts of One-Factor Experiments
Learning About Causation Through Manipulation and Control  
Control in Within-Subjects and Between-Subjects Experiments  
Experiment Examples  
Chapter Summary  
Thinking About Research  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Chapter 12: The Nuts and Bolts of Multi-Factor Experiments
Factorial Designs  
More About Interactions  
Experiment Examples  
Chapter Summary  
Thinking About Research  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Chapter 13: The Nuts and Bolts of Quasi-Experiments
Types of Quasi-Experiments  
Sources of Bias in Quasi-Experiments  
Chapter Summary  
Thinking About Research  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Chapter 14: The Nuts and Bolts of Other Specialized Designs
Developmental Designs  
Small-n Designs  
Chapter Summary  
Thinking About Research  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Chapter 15: The Nuts and Bolts of Using Statistics
Comparing Groups or Conditions  
Chapter Summary  
Thinking About Research  
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them  
Test Yourself  
Stop and Think Answers  
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Appendix: Statistical Calculations
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

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Straightforward, no BS approach to research methods with meaningful activities for students to complete.

Ms Linda Krajewski
Psychology Dept, Bakersfield College
August 31, 2018

This is a great resource for teaching research. Students love the book and have less fear about research.

Teah Moore
Social Science, Fort Valley State University
December 22, 2016

I adopted this text this Fall semester (Fall 2016) for use in my Experimental Psychology classes. It has a very simplistic layout and is easy for the students to follow. I am use this text in conjunction with another text for the course and it has worked out very well.

Dr George Edward Humes
Psychology Dept, Kean University
November 13, 2016

An accessible and well structured text that supports students as they develop skills in designing, conducting and presenting their research. An excellent introductory text.

Ms Sarah Jane Cleak
Community Studies, Truro & Penwith College
August 26, 2016

This book on the process of research in psychology is suitable for the beginner researcher but also valuable for the advanced researcher. It is a must for any university library and is also suitable for English Second language students

Dr Petro Erasmus
Psychology, North-West University
July 29, 2016

This book will be a welcome addition to the library not just for psychology students but for any students learning about the research process.

Mrs Felicity Page
School of Sport, Health & Outdoor Ed, University of Wales, Trinity St David
June 7, 2016

'Test yourself' maybe not as relevant to level 4 and above- My students saw it as a 'waste of time' they would rather just try it out. But found the instructions and guidance easy to follow

Miss Hanna Storey
Sport and Public Services, NEW College Pontefract
June 6, 2016

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