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Research Methods in Psychology / Edition 6

Research Methods in Psychology / Edition 6

by David G. Elmes, Kantowitz
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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. Students will find numerous real-world examples that help them understand how the methods discussed are commonly used. "Suggested Resources" at theEND of each chapter include addresses for helpful sites on the World Wide Web, electronic databases, and relevant articles. In addition, comprehensive coverage of computer usage 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.
Elmes, Kantowitz, and Roediger—all involved with leading research journals—are well versed in current directions and provide excellent examples for teaching. Organized by content/research area, the book begins with the basics of scientific investigation, including the philosophy of science. The authors build on this strong foundation throughout the text. Part II discusses techniques of scientific psychology; Part III covers advanced topics in experimentation; and Part IV examines the important issues involved in finishing psychological research.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780534358136
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 09/28/1998
Series: Psychology Series
Edition description: Older Edition

About 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).

Table of Contents

PART I: BASICS OF SCIENTIFIC PSYCHOLOGY. 1. Beginning Psychological Research. 2. Explanation in Scientific Psychology. 3. Observation in Psychological Research. 4. Relational Research. 5. Basics of Experimentation. PART II: BACKGROUND OF PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH. 6. Conducting Ethical Research. 7. Exploring the Literature of Psychology. 8. Measurement in Psychological Research. PART III: ADVANCED EXPERIMENTATION. 9. Experimental Design. 10. Complex Design. 11. Small-n Experimentation. 12. Quasi-Experimentation. PART IV: FINISHING PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH. 13. Interpreting the Results of Research. 14. Presenting Research Results. APPENDICES: A: Descriptive Statistics. B: Inferential Statistics. C: Statistical Tables.

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