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Doing Psychology: An Introduction to Research Methodology and Statistics

by S Alexander Haslam and Craig McGarty SAGE Publications Ltd
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This introductory textbook provides a clear and accessible introduction to the principal research methods and statistical procedures that underpin psychological research. The authors build a carefully integrated understanding of the research process from the ground up, and address the many challenges confronting students of psychology - issues surrounding, among other things, research goals, methodological choices and strategy, multiple approaches to statistical inference and ethical controversies.

Assuming only limited mathematical knowledge of the reader, the book provides step-by-step guides to key statistical procedures together with a comprehensive glossary of technical terms. Throughout the text, the authors incorporate a range of multiple-choice questions and answers that will reinforce students' understanding of important concepts.Using words and diagrams rather than numbers and equations, Doing Psychology offers a highly readable guide to how to design, analyze and evaluate experiments and surveys in psychological research. It will be an essential companion for all students of psychology.An Instructor's Manual is available upon request.

Introduction Research in Psychology Objectives and Ideals Research Methods Experimental Design Survey Design Descriptive Statistics Some Principles of Statistical Inference Examining Differences between Means The t-test Examining Relationships between Variables Correlation Research Ethics Conclusion Managing Uncertainty in Psychological Research The chapters in detail Chapter One: Introduction 'Why do I have to do this?'; the structure of this book and an overview of the chapters; how to use this book Chapter Two: Research in Psychology: Objectives and Ideals What is psychological research and why do it?; how does psychological research progress?; principles of good research; some notes of caution Chapter Three: Research Methods Psychological measurement; the experimental method; the quasi-experimental method; the survey method; the case study method; overview Chapter Four: Experimental Design Choosing an independent variable; choosing a dependent variable; choosing an experimental sample; threats to internal validity; threats to external validity Chapter Five: Survey Design The differences between surveys and experiments; setting the question; finding a sample; types of survey; overview: designing a survey Chapter Six: Descriptive Statistics Different forms of research data; describing a typical score: measures of central tendency; the relationship between measures of central tendency and a response distribution; describing the spread of scores: measures of dispersion; observed distributions Chapter Seven: Some Principles of Statistical Inference Statistical inference; inferences about individual scores; inferences about means; overview Chapter Eight: Examining Differences between Means: The t-test Student's t-distribution; comparing the results for a single sample to a specific value; within-subjects t-tests; between-subjects t-tests; the controversy about what to do with t-values; handling the results of t-te Chapter Nine: Examining Relationships between Variables: Correlation Some basic principles of correlation; the measurement of correlation; interpreting and making inferences about correlations; some notes of caution; conclusion Chapter Ten: Research Ethics Science and society; participation in research; research with animals; final comment Chapter Eleven: Conclusion: Managing Uncertainty in Psychological Research 'Where has all this got us?'; managing uncertainty in psychological research; final comment Appendices: Step-by-step guides to computing t-tests and correlations; statistical tables À

`Doing Psychology is a sound text with clear and accurate explanations in areas which it covers' - South African Journal of Psychology

`Doing Psychology ... challenges the reader to become active in the development and understanding of psychological research and to be critical in its application. Academics will find the text would easily complement the structure of an introductory course. Overall this book is written clearly and concisely, adopting a conversational tone, and utilises a structure that students can easily follow without the techniques and concepts being oversimplified.

Doing Psychology is certainly a text well worth considering in introductory courses, or as a refresher text for those who need to revise key techniques. The text would provide students with a good foundation for advanced design and statistics courses' - Australian Psychologist

Craig McGarty - Australian National University Canberra