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The Psychologist as Detective conveys the excitement of research methodology through a lively, conversational style. To make the study of the research process interactive and accessible for readers, pedagogical features and critical thinking activities are integrated throughout the volume. Actual student research appears in each chapter to increase relevance and heighten reader interest.
This text evaluates the science of psychology, research ideas and hypotheses, ethics, nonexperimental methods and the basics of experimentation variables and control, statistics, designing-conducting-analyzing and interpreting experiments, as well as alternative research designs, external validity, critiquing experimental research and writing and assemblling an APA-format research report.
For individuals involved with or interested in psychological research.
Chapter 1: The Science of Psychology
Chapter 2: Research Ideas, Critiquing Research, and Hypotheses
Chapter 3: Ethics in Psychological Research
Chapter 4: Nonexperimental Methods I: Descriptive Methods, Qualitative Research, and Correlational Studies
Chapter 5: Nonexperimental Methods II: Ex Post Facto Studies, Surveys and Questionnaires, Sampling, and Basic Research Strategies
Chapter 6: The Basics of Experimentation I: Variables and Control
Chapter 7: The Basics of Experimentation II: Final Considerations, Unanticipated Influences, and Cross-Cultural Issues
Chapter 8: Internal and External Validity
Chapter 9: Using Statistics to Answer Questions
Chapter 10: Designing, Conducting, Analyzing, and Interpreting Experiments with Two Groups
Chapter 11: Designing, Conducting, Analyzing, and Interpreting Experiments with More than Two Groups
Chapter 12: Designing, Conducting, Analyzing, and Interpreting Experiments with Multiple Independent Variables
Chapter 13: Alternative Research Designs
Chapter 14: Writing and Assembling an APA-Format Research Report