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Research Methods in Psychology

Research Methods in Psychology
Investigating Human Behavior

Third Edition
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January 2019 | 632 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Research Methods in Psychology: Investigating Human Behavior draws on fascinating stories to illustrate the entire research process within a unifying conceptual framework. Bestselling authors Paul G. Nestor and Russell K. Schutt present a clear and comprehensive introduction to the logic and techniques of research methods in psychology by employing a unique combination of two distinct yet complementary pedagogical techniques. First, chapters designed for experiential, hands-on studies put the student in the roles of researcher, participant, and consumer to bring concepts to life. Second, the findings of cognitive science guide the text in a way that is most conducive to learning. This novel approach serves as an effective way to make the world of psychological research fun and rewarding for students, in addition to allowing them to gain the foundational knowledge they need to design, conduct, and present research.

About the Authors
Chapter 1. Uncommon Sense and the Scientific Method
Biases in Thinking  
The Scientific Method  
Psychological Research in the Public Square  
Chapter 2. The Research Process
Can Money Buy You Happiness?  
Research Approach  
Research Toolbox  
Evaluating and Critiquing Research  
Chapter 3. Literature Review in Research
The Brain on Marijuana  
Literature Review in Research  
Framework for Literature Review  
Advanced Literature Reviews  
Chapter 4. Ethics in Behavioral Research
Historical Background  
Ethical Principles  
The Institutional Review Board  
Chapter 5. Conceptualization and Measurement
What Is Happiness?  
Theoretical Constructs  
Levels of Measurement  
The Special Case of Psychometrics  
Evaluating Measures  
The Logic of Measurement Validity  
Chapter 6. Samples and Generalizations
Sample Planning  
Sampling Methods  
Sampling Distributions  
Chapter 7. Considering Correlation: Are You a Maximizer or a Satisficer?
Are You a Maximizer or a Satisficer?  
Correlational Research  
Correlation, Confounds, and Control Variables  
Decision-Making Strategies in a College Student Sample: Maximizer or Satisficer?  
Chapter 8. In Search of Causality: True Experiments
Mental Calisthenics for the Brain?  
Single-Factor Experiment  
Theater of Independent Variables  
Measurement and Control  
Validity in Experiments  
Can Causality Be Established?  
Chapter 9. Experimental Design and Hypothesis Testing
Does Exercise Make You Smarter?  
Basic Experimental Designs  
Two Options in Assigning Participants  
Null Hypothesis Significance Testing  
Chapter 10. Complex Research Designs
Multifactorial Designs  
Within-Subjects Experiment  
Between-Subjects Experiment  
Chapter 11. Quasi-Experimental and Nonexperimental Designs
The Good and the Bad of Media Multitasking  
Quasi-Experimental Designs  
Nonequivalent-Control-Group Designs  
Before-and-After Designs  
Quasi-Experiments of Media Multitasking  
Quasi-Experiments of 9/11 Memories  
Quasi-Experimental Research of Culture and Cognition  
Developmental Studies  
Nonexperimental Research  
Chapter 12. Small-N and Single-Subject Designs
Foundations of Small-N Designs  
Measuring Targets of Intervention  
Types of Small-N and Single-Subject Designs  
Analyzing Small-N and Single-Subject Designs  
Internal Validity  
Chapter 13. Survey Research
How Happy Are You?  
Considering Surveys  
Writing Survey Questions  
Combining Questions in Indexes and Scales  
Designing Questionnaires  
Organizing Surveys  
Analyzing Surveys  
Chapter 14. Qualitative Methods
Fundamentals of Qualitative Research  
Methods for Collecting Qualitative Data  
Qualitative Interviewing  
Participant Observation  
Systematic Observation  
Focus Groups  
Qualitative Data Analysis  
Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research  
Chapter 15. Quantitative Data Analysis
Does Needing Help = Getting Help?  
Statistical Approach  
Univariate Distributions  
Descriptive Statistics  
Inferential Statistics  
The Ethics of Statistics  
Chapter 16. Essentials of APA Report Writing
APA Format  
Report Organization in APA Format  
Literature Review  
Poster Presentation  
Sample Paper  
Appendix A: Summaries of Frequently Cited Research Articles
Appendix B: Questions to Ask About a Research Article
Appendix C: How to Read a Research Article
Appendix D: Proportions of Area Under Standard Normal Curve
Appendix E: Critical Values for t Distribution
Appendix F: Critical Values of F
Appendix G: Critical Values of Chi-Square
Appendix H: Critical Values of the Correlation Coefficient
Appendix I: Table of Random Numbers


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ISBN: 9781544323770