Research Methods in Psychology / Edition 8

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Overview

From its presentation of cutting-edge research to its special emphasis on experimentation, Research Methods in Psychology, Sixth Edition, provides complete coverage of core topics in experimental psychology, including experimentation, small-n experimentation, observation, measurement, and correlational research. The book begins with the basics of scientific investigation, including the philosophy of science, and continues to build on this strong foundation throughout the text. You'll find numerous real-world examples that help you understand how the methods discussed are commonly used. Suggested Resources at the end of each chapter include addresses for helpful sites on the World Wide Web, electronic databases, and relevant articles. In addition, comprehensive coverage of computer use throughout the book illustrates the importance of computers and their use at every stage of the process from generation, collection, and quantitative analysis, to gathering research information.

Covers measurement in psychological research/ experimental design/quasi-experiments/interpreting research.

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Emphasizing the basic concepts, practices, and the role of experimentation in psychology, this textbook discusses the nature of explanation, validity and reliability, observation, relational research, experimental design, small- experimentation, quasi-experimentation, ethics, literature reviews, interpretation, and presentions of results. Statistical appendices cover descriptive and inferential statistics, as well as providing statistical tables. The authors teach psychology at American universities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534609764
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/15/2005
  • Series: Available Titles CengageNOW Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

David G. Elmes is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Washington and Lee University, where he taught for forty years. He earned his B.A. with high honors from the University of Virginia and completed the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology there. Dr. Elmes was an adjunct professor at Hampden-Sydney College, a research associate for a year in the Human Performance Center of the University of Michigan, and a Visiting Fellow of University College at the University of Oxford. At Washington and Lee, he co-directed the Cognitive Science Program and chaired the Department of Psychology for ten years. Professor Elmes edited READINGS IN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY and DIRECTORY OF RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY AT PRIMARILY UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTIONS, and is coauthor of RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY (Cengage, 2012, with B. H. Kantowitz and H. L. Roediger III).

Barry H. Kantowitz is Professor of Psychology, Professor of Industrial and Operational Engineering, and Director of the Transportation Research Institute at the University of Michigan. He has written and edited more than a dozen books. His research on human attention, mental workload, reaction time, human-machine interaction, and human factors has all been supported by the Office of Education, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He is co-author of EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, Eighth Edition (Wadsworth 2005).

Henry L. Roediger, III, is the James S. McDonnell University Professor of Psychology and Dean of Academic Planning in Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, where he has taught since 1996. He received a B.A. in psychology from Washington and Lee University and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University. He has taught at Rice University, Purdue University, and the University of Toronto. His research interests lie in cognitive psychology, particularly in human learning and memory. Dr. Roediger has published more than 250 articles and chapters and has authored or edited 10 other books, including RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY, 9th Edition (Cengage, 2012).

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Basics of Scientific Psychology 1
1 Beginning Psychological Research 3
2 Explanation in Scientific Psychology 29
3 Observation in Psychological Research 52
4 Relational Research 81
5 Basics of Experimentation 100
Pt. II Background of Psychological Research 131
6 Conducting Ethical Research 133
7 Exploring the Literature of Psychology 155
8 Measurement in Psychological Research 187
Pt. III Advanced Experimentation 211
9 Experimental Design 213
10 Complex Design 235
11 Small-n Experimentation 259
12 Quasi-Experimentation 277
Pt. IV Finishing Psychological Research 297
13 Interpreting the Results of Research 299
14 Presenting Research Results 323
App. A Descriptive Statistics 358
App. B Inferential Statistics 372
App. C Statistical Tables 410
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