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Discovering Research Methods in Psychology. A Student's Guide. BPS Textbooks in Psychology

  • ID: 2248848
  • Book
  • August 2009
  • Region: Global
  • 344 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Discovering Research Methods in Psychology presents an accessible, student–friendly introduction to the principal research methodology techniques that underpin the field of psychology. By utilizing a narrative approach, the text facilitates a clearer understanding of the complexities of research and the vital role it has played in the development of psychology. The majority of the text consists of clear summaries of carefully–chosen contemporary studies that reflect diversity while introducing the reader to the three main types of research methods used in psychology: observation, experimentation, and survey methods. An additional section featuring a comprehensive glossary of research terms that appear in the narrative provides further clarity. The text′s final section then offers expansive coverage of several important issues raised in the narrative such as Ethical Guidelines, Probability, Report Writing, and Referencing.

Discovering Research Methods in Psychology: A Student′s Guide offers a refreshingly readable alternative that ensures a thorough grounding in the fundamental methodology that is essential to the study of psychology.

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1. Introduction and How To Use This Book

2. Ethics

3. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Experiment –– A Randomised Controlled Trial

4. Music and Stress

Experiment –– A Matched Pairs Design

5. Competitive Anxiety

Experiment –– A Repeated Measures Design

6. Change Blindness

Experiment –– A Single Sample Design

7. Acoustic Preferences

Experiment –– A Programme of Experiments Animal Studies

8. Cognitive Costs of Racial Prejudice

Experiment –– Unrelated Three–Factor Design Between Groups and Between Conditions

9. Mate–Selection Strategies

Experiment –– A Mixed Two–Factor Design Within and Between Groups

10. The Autistic Spectrum

Structured Observation

11. Cognitive Maps

Clinical/Laboratory Observation

12. Eating Disorders and the Media

Observation Quantitative Content Analysis

13. Eating Disorders: The Experience

Observation Qualitative Content Analysis

14. Face Recognition

Observation –– Clinical Case Study

15. Choices and Decisions

Survey Methods –– Quantitative Questionnaire

16. Measuring Romance

Survey Methods Scale Development

17. Paranoia

Survey Methods –– Interview

18. Understanding Heavy Drinking

Survey Methods Quantitative and Qualitative

19. Attributing Success and Failure

Cross–Cultural Study Mixed Methods

20. Contrasting the Methods

Key Topics

BPS Ethical Principles for Conducting Research with Human Participants




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Lalage Sanders is Principal Lecturer at the Cardiff School of Health Science, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, U.K. She has authored more than 40 publications relating to lifestyle psychology and higher education research. She is also an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Health Psychologist, a Chartered Scientist, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Society. She co–edited
Ambulatory Anaesthesia and Sedation: Impairment and Recovery, an example of how psychological research methods can be used in applied settings. She has been teaching research methods and statistics to university students since 1991.
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