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The Process of Research in Psychology

The Process of Research in Psychology

Fifth Edition

December 2023 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
With a structure focused on process over memorization, best-selling author Dawn M. McBride's The Process of Research in Psychology, Fifth Edition covers topics with a step-by-step approach to help students understand the full progression of developing, conducting, and presenting a research study from start to finish. Early chapters introduce important concepts for developing research ideas, subject sampling, ethics, and data collection; more detailed coverage of these topics is included in the “More About” chapters to provide instructors with flexibility to focus on the methods students will use in their projects. Concepts and skills relevant to more than one stage of the research process are covered in multiple contexts to give students repeated opportunities to learn about the most important, and often most difficult, research concepts at the moment they’re used. This new Fifth Edition features added discussion on validity and reliability; a reorganized chapter on survey research to group topics more clearly and to provide more information on qualitative analysis; more questions in the “Test Yourself” quizzes at the end of each chapter to focus more on application; and additional references to the increasingly popular statistical software programs JASP and R.

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Part I: Overview of the Research Process from Start to Finish
Chapter 1 Behavioral Research: The Whys and Hows of the Scientific Method
Chapter 2 Hypothesis Development: Where Research Questions Come From
Chapter 3 Ethical Guidelines for Psychological Research
Chapter 4 How Psychologists Use the Scientific Method: Data Collection Techniques and Research Designs
Chapter 5 Variables and Measurement in Research
Chapter 6 Sampling
Chapter 7 Summarizing and Interpreting Data: Using Statistics
Chapter 8 Reporting Research
Part II: More About Research Methods and Analysis
Chapter 9 More About Using Statistics
Chapter 10 More About Survey Research
Chapter 11 More About Correlational Studies
Chapter 12 More About One-Factor Experiments
Chapter 13 More About Multi-Factor Experiments
Chapter 14 More About Quasi-Experiments
Chapter 15 More About Other Specialized Designs
Appendix: Statistical Calculations


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ISBN: 9781071847473