Research Methods in Psychology For Dummies

Research Methods in Psychology For Dummies

by Martin Dempster, Donncha Hanna


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Your hands-on introduction to research methods in psychology

Looking for an easily accessible overview of research methods in psychology? This is the book for you! Whether you need to get ahead in class, you're pressed for time, or you just want a take on a topic that's not covered in your textbook, Research Methods in Psychology For Dummies has you covered.

Written in plain English and packed with easy-to-follow instruction, this friendly guide takes the intimidation out of the subject and tackles the fundamentals of psychology research in a way that makes it approachable and comprehensible, no matter your background. Inside, you'll find expert coverage of qualitative and quantitative research methods, including surveys, case studies, laboratory observations, tests and experiments—and much more.

  • Serves as an excellent supplement to course textbooks
  • Provides a clear introduction to the scientific method
  • Presents the methodologies and techniques used in psychology research
  • Written by the authors of Psychology Statistics For Dummies

If you're a first or second year psychology student and want to supplement your doorstop-sized psychology textbook—and boost your chances of scoring higher at exam time—this hands-on guide breaks down the subject into easily digestible bits and propels you towards success.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119035084
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/21/2015
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 336,266
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Martin Dempster, PhD, is a health psychologist and research coordinator for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology program at Queen's University Belfast. Donncha Hanna, PhD, is a psychology lecturer at Queen's University Belfast responsible for teaching statistics and research methods.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Research Methods 5

Chapter 1: Why Do Research in Psychology? 7

Chapter 2: Reliability and Validity 21

Chapter 3: Research Ethics 33

Part II: Enhancing External Validity 45

Chapter 4: Survey Designs and Methods 47

Chapter 5: Sampling Methods 63

Chapter 6: Questionnaires and Psychometric Tests 89

Part III: Enhancing Internal Validity 105

Chapter 7: Basic Experimental Designs 107

Chapter 8: Looking at More Complex Experimental Designs 129

Chapter 9: Small Experiments 141

Part IV: Qualitative Research 161

Chapter 10: Achieving Quality in Qualitative Research 163

Chapter 11: Analysing Qualitative Data 175

Chapter 12: Theoretical Approaches and Methodologies in Qualitative Research 187

Part V: Reporting Research 203

Chapter 13: Preparing a Written Report 205

Chapter 14: Preparing a Research Presentation 223

Chapter 15: APA Guidelines for Reporting Research 239

Part VI: Research Proposals 253

Chapter 16: Finding Research Literature 255

Chapter 17: Sample Size Calculations 275

Chapter 18: Developing a Research Proposal 291

Part VII: The Part of Tens 303

Chapter 19: Ten Pitfalls to Avoid When Selecting Your Sample 305

Chapter 20: Ten Tips for Reporting Your Research 311

Index 317

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