Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences / Edition 4

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With a conversational tone and many study aids to guide your way, the authors explore the research process - from start to finish. Their step-by-step approach emphasizes the decisions researchers must make at each stage of the process. Much more than a "cookbook" presentation of facts, Gravetter and Forzano's Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences draws you into the research process by linking terminology with interesting applications.
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"A thorough and logical text with good advice and support for students creating a research project. The text format is ideal to guide students in not only gaining an understanding of research methods but applying the information as well."

"The material presented in the Gravetter and Forzano text is efficient, detailed, and presented in a sophisticated yet interesting manner. The learning checks provide ample opportunity for the students to ensure they understand the material, and expand upon the concepts in question."

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Meet the Author

Frederick J Gravetter is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at The College at Brockport, State University of New York College. While teaching at Brockport, he specialized in statistics, research design, and cognitive psychology. Dr. Gravetter received his Bachelor's degree in mathematics from M.I.T. and his Ph.D. in psychology from Duke University. In addition to publishing several research articles, Dr. Gravetter is co-author of the best-selling STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, 9th Edition, ESSENTIALS OF STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, 8th Edition, and (with Lori-Ann B. Forzano) RESEARCH METHODS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, 5th Edition.

Lori-Ann B. Forzano is an Associate Professor of Psychology at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, where she regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in research methods. She earned a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she also received her B.S. in psychology. Dr. Forzano's research interests are in the area of conditioning and learning. Specifically, she studies impulsivity in adults and children. Her research has been published in the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Learning and Motivation, and The Psychological Record.

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Table of Contents

Author Biographies
Ch. 1 Introduction, Inquiry, and the Scientific Method 1
Ch. 2 Research Ideas 31
Ch. 3 Ethics in Research 58
Ch. 4 Defining and Measuring Variables 82
Ch. 5 Selecting Research Participants 114
Ch. 6 Research Strategies and Validity 130
Ch. 7 Descriptive and Correlational Research Strategies 161
Ch. 8 Experimental Research Strategy 188
Ch. 9 Quasi-Experimental Strategy: Nonequivalent Group, Time-Series, and Developmental Designs 214
Ch. 10 Experimental Designs: Between-Subjects Design 240
Ch. 11 Experimental Designs: Within-Subjects Design 266
Ch. 12 Factorial Designs 291
Ch. 13 Single-Subject Research Designs 323
Ch. 14 Statistical Evaluation of Data 356
Ch. 15 Writing a Research Report 398
App. A Random Number Table and Instructions 425
App. B: Statistics Demonstrations and Statistical Tables 429
Glossary 453
References 469
Index 473
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