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Research Methods in Psychology

Research Methods in Psychology

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July 2012 | 616 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Research Methods in Psychology has been substantially revised in its fourth edition. Continuing to offer enviable coverage of the research methods that psychology students at intermediate levels need to cover in their course, the textbook has now been broadened to cover the full suite of beginner level research methods too. The result is extensive coverage of psychological methods, both quantitative and qualitative, and a textbook that will serve students perfectly from day one in their course at university.

Research Methods in Psychology in its fourth edition includes:  

• Extended statistical coverage, including new chapters on Descriptive Statistics, Inferential Statistics, ANOVA, Regression and Correlation, and Latent Variable Models

• Further New Chapters on Content Analysis and Writing up your Research

• New introductory sections placing each method in context and showing students how they relate to the bigger 'real world' picture.

• Intuitive structure and visual layout makes the book easy to navigate so you can quickly find the content you need.

This textbook is ideal for beginner and intermediate level psychological research methods students worldwide.

Visit the Research Methods in Psychology companion website to take advantage of additional resources for students and lecturers.



Glynis M. Breakwell, Daniel B. Wright and Jonathan A. Smith
Research Questions and Planning Research
Chris Fife Schaw
Introduction to Quantitative Research
Graham Hole
Experimental Method
Chris Fife-Schaw
Quasi-Experimental Design
Patrick Sturgis
Surveys and Sampling
Chris Fife-Schaw
Questionnaire Design
John Rust
Marianna E. Carlucci and Daniel B. Wright
Descriptive Statistics
Graphical and Numerical Methods

Marianna E. Carlucci and Daniel B. Wright
Inferential Statistics
Katherine McGuire and Kamala London
Factorial ANOVA
Jeremy Miles
Correlation and Regression
Daniel B. Wright and Daniella K. Villalba
Exploratory Factor Analysis
Virginia Eatough
Introduction to Qualitative Methods
Rudi Dallos
Observational Methods
Glynis M. Breakwell
Glynis M. Breakwell
Diary and Narrative Methods
Lynne Millward
Focus Groups
Jonathan A. Smith and Virginia Eatough
Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Karen Henwood and Nick Pidgeon
Grounded Theory
Adrian Coyle
Discourse Analysis
Glynis M. Breakwell
Content Analysis
Daniel B. Wright, Jonathan A. Smith and Glynis M. Breakwell
What if Victor Had Used the APA Manual to Write up His Research?

I like the way that different authors have contributed to the textbook. I think it is presented coherently and benefits from having each chapter written by an expert in that field
Dr James Smith-Spark
Department of Psychology, London South Bank Universit

This book provides an excellent introduction to both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, and also includes informative overviews of the many analyses and statistical procedures that are typically taught at undergraduate level. The text manages to be both comprehensive and accessible, with useful exercises to challenge and test the reader's knowledge. This book is very enlightening for both students and tutors alike
Dr Paul Richardson
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Sheffield Hallam Universit

Excellent coverage! Students prefer it because they only need the one book. Covers all they need really
Dr Maria Kontogianni
Nottingham Trent University, School of Education

This 4th edition of Breakwell's Research Methods in Psychology is truly exceptional. Broad coverage of diverse methods with down-to-earth, jargon-free explanations that make clear not only the how but also the why of research methods. Students will come away with deeper appreciation of the thoroughness and value of scientific research in Psychology. One of the most accessible and comprehensive textbooks of its kind, this book is likely to engage the budding scientist in most students
Dr Harry Reis
Professor of Psychology, Department of Clinical & Social Psychology, University of Rochester

Useful general RM text.

Dr Peter Gossman
Education, Worcester University
March 3, 2020

Informative guide for introductory psychology - A user-friendly format which enables less confident learners to develop some quite complex research skills.

Mrs Stephanie Lee
IIP, Weston College
November 17, 2015

I found this book to be a curious mix. Unexplained statistical terminology, which would be impenetrable for research students beginning their studies, sit alongside painfully patronising explanations of other, more obvious terms. The author's asides and 'aw shucks, geeky old me' comments are an unwanted distraction. I will not be recommending this book to my students.

Mrs Ruth Parkes
School of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire
July 28, 2015

Good resource for quantitative research methods. Includes both research methods and data analysis techniques.

Miss Philippa Laskey
Applied Psychology, University of Cumbria
January 7, 2015

Very good description of the different research methods.
Indispensable when looking at the different research methods to use in Psychology-related research.

Dr Sofia Barbosa Boucas
Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health, Oxford Brookes University
August 20, 2014

A good introduction to a variety of research methods covering both quantitative and qualitative techniques. Well-structured and clearly written.

Dr Ala Hola
Psychology , Durham University
April 2, 2014

This is a useful resource and an asset to HE study. However, some of the information is a little difficult for first year degree students to comprehend. That said, it has proved to be a reliable aid to teaching and Masters study.

Mrs Kerry Noble
Education Department, Doncaster College
February 18, 2014

Great content and explanation of research methods utilised in psychology research.

Dr Jessica Jones Nielsen
Department of Psychology, City University
January 13, 2014

An excellent, informative textbook written in an accessible & engaging style.

Dr Kathryn Kinmond
Psychology , Manchester Metropolitan University
October 22, 2013

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