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Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology / Edition 6

Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology / Edition 6

by Hugh Coolican


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Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology / Edition 6

This sixth edition of Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology has been fully revised and updated, providing students with the most readable and comprehensive survey of research methods, statistical concepts and procedures in psychology today. Assuming no prior knowledge, this bestselling text takes you through every stage of your research project giving advice on planning and conducting studies, analysing data and writing up reports.

The book provides clear coverage of statistical procedures, and includes everything needed from nominal level tests to multi-factorial ANOVA designs, multiple regression and log linear analysis. It features detailed and illustrated SPSS instructions for all these procedures eliminating the need for an extra SPSS textbook.

New features in the sixth edition include:

  • "Tricky bits" - in-depth notes on the things that students typically have problems with, including common misunderstandings and likely mistakes.
  • Improved coverage of qualitative methods and analysis, plus updates to Grounded Theory, Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis and Discourse Analysis.
  • A full and recently published journal article using Thematic Analysis, illustrating how articles appear in print.
  • Discussion of contemporary issues and debates, including recent coverage of journals’ reluctance to publish replication of studies.
  • Fully updated online links, offering even more information and useful resources, especially for statistics.

Each chapter contains a glossary, key terms and newly integrated exercises, ensuring that key concepts are understood. A companion website ( provides additional exercises, revision flash cards, links to further reading and data for use with SPSS.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781444170115
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/26/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 788
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Hugh Coolican is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Coventry, a Chartered Psychologist and an examiner for the International Baccalaureate.

Table of Contents

Preface. PART 1 Research methods and ethics. 1. Psychology, science and research. 2. Measuring people – variables, samples and the qualitative critique. 3. Experiments and experimental designs in psychology. 4. Validity in psychological research. 5. Quasi-experiments and non-experiments. 6. Observational methods – watching and being with people. 7. Interview methods – asking people direct questions. 8. Psychological tests and measurement scales. 9. Comparison studies – cross-sectional, longitudinal and cross-cultural studies. 10. Qualitative approaches in psychology. 11 Ethical issues in psychological research. PART 2 Analysing data and writing up. 12. Analysing qualitative data. 13. Statistics – organising the data. 14. Graphical representation of data. 15. Frequencies and distributions. 16. Significance testing – was it a real effect? 17. Testing for differences between two samples. 18 Tests for categorical variables and frequency tables. 19. Correlation and regression. 20 Multi-level analysis – ANOVA for differences between more than two conditions. 21. Multi-factorial ANOVA designs. 22. ANOVA for repeated measures designs. 23. Choosing a significance test for your data (and internet resources). 24. Planning your practical and writing up your report. Appendix to Chapter 12. Appendix (Statistical tables).

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