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Overview

How psychological research makes a difference in everyday lives

Research Methods: A Tool for Life introduces readers to the importance of scientific research in every day life. Updated in the third edition, this text presents current research that engages students with familiar issues. Discussions of controversies in psychology stimulate student interest while explaining important methodological concepts, which helps students understand how new research emerges.

Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:

  • Generate a research question and select an appropriate methodology
  • Deal appropriately with ethical issues related to research
  • Conduct meaningful research using a wide array of methodologies
  • Consider social and cultural factors when consuming or conducting research
  • Write a Research Report

Note: MySearchLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab, please visit www.mysearchlab.com or you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySearchLab: ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205903878 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205903870

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205535064
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 9/5/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard C. (Barney) Beins, Ph.D., is professor and chair of psychology at Ithaca College. He is author of about 150 articles, chapters, books, and pedagogical material and has given about 200 presentations. He recently received the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award from the American Psychological Foundation. He is author with his daughter Agatha of Effective Writing in Psychology: Papers, Posters, and Presentations (Wiley-Blackwell) and Research Methods: A Tool for Life (Allyn & Bacon/Pearson).

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Psychology, Science, and Life 1

Ch. 2 Ethics in Research: Following the Golden Rule 27

Ch. 3 Planning Research: Generating a Question 59

Ch. 4 Practical Issues in Planning Your Research 94

Ch. 5 Measurement and Sampling 118

Ch. 6 Conducting an Experiment: General Principles 149

Ch. 7 Experiments with One Independent Variable 169

Ch. 8 Experiments with Multiple Independent Variables 195

Ch. 9 Expanding on Experimental Designs: Repeated Measures and Quasi-Experiments 217

Ch. 10 Principles of Survey Research 246

Ch. 11 Correlational Research 271

Ch. 12 Studying Patterns in the Natural World: Observational Approaches 295

Ch. 13 Research in Depth: Longitudinal and Single-Case Studies 321

Ch. 14 People Are Different: Considering Cultural and Individual Differences in Research 349

App. A Writing a Research Report 378

App. B Statistics Review 398

App. C Statistical Tables 424

References 433

Author Index 451

Subject Index 457

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