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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: The Whys and Hows of the Scientific Method
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 Applied Research

 
Chapter Summary

 
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

 
Applying Your Knowledge

 
Test Yourself

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
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

 
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

 
Applying Your Knowledge

 
Test Yourself

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
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

 
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

 
Applying Your Knowledge

 
Test Yourself

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
Chapter 4. How Psychologists Use the Scientific Method: Data Collection Techniques and Research Designs
Data Collection Techniques

 
Types of Research Designs

 
Chapter Summary

 
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

 
Applying Your Knowledge

 
Test Yourself

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
Chapter 5. Variables and Measurement in Research
Dependent Variables

 
Independent Variables

 
Validity and Sources of Bias

 
Chapter Summary

 
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

 
Applying Your Knowledge

 
Test Yourself

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
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

 
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

 
Applying Your Knowledge

 
Test Yourself

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
Chapter 7. Summarizing and Interpreting Data: Using Statistics
Descriptive Statistics: Summarizing the Data

 
Inferential Statistics: Testing Hypotheses

 
Predicting the Null Hypothesis

 
Chapter Summary

 
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

 
Applying Your Knowledge

 
Test Yourself

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
Chapter 8. Reporting Research
APA-Style Article Writing

 
Oral Presentations

 
Poster Presentations

 
Chapter Summary

 
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

 
Applying Your Knowledge

 
Test Yourself

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
PART II. MORE ABOUT RESEARCH METHODS AND ANALYSIS
 
Chapter 9. More About Using Statistics
Comparing Groups or Conditions

 
Chapter Summary

 
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

 
Applying Your Knowledge

 
Test Yourself

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
Chapter 10. More About Survey Research
Answering Research Questions With Surveys

 
Creating a Survey

 
Survey Administration

 
Chapter Summary

 
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

 
Applying Your Knowledge

 
Test Yourself

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
Chapter 11. More About Correlational Studies
Research Questions in Correlational Studies

 
Correlational Study Examples

 
Chapter Summary

 
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

 
Applying Your Knowledge

 
Test Yourself

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
Chapter 12. More About One-Factor Experiments
Learning About Causation Through Manipulation and Control

 
Control in Within-Subjects and Between-Subjects Experiments

 
Experiment Examples

 
Chapter Summary

 
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

 
Applying Your Knowledge

 
Test Yourself

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
Chapter 13. More About Multi-Factor Experiments
Factorial Designs

 
More About Interactions

 
Experiment Examples

 
Chapter Summary

 
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

 
Applying Your Knowledge

 
Test Yourself

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
Chapter 14. More About Quasi-Experiments
Types of Quasi-Experiments

 
Sources of Bias in Quasi-Experiments

 
Chapter Summary

 
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

 
Applying Your Knowledge

 
Test Yourself

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
Chapter 15. More About Other Specialized Designs
Developmental Designs

 
Small-n Designs

 
Chapter Summary

 
Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

 
Applying Your Knowledge

 
Test Yourself

 
Stop and Think Answers

 
 
Appendix: Statistical Calculations
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

Instructor Resource Site

edge.sagepub.com/mcbride4e


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

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