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Discovering Research Methods in Psychology - A Student's Guide

September 2009, ©2009, Wiley-Blackwell
Discovering Research Methods in Psychology - A Student
Discovering Research Methods in Psychology: A Student's Guide presents an accessible introduction to the research methodology techniques that underpin the field of psychology
  • Offers a unique narrative approach to introducing the complexities of psychological research methods to first year students
  • Introduces the reader to the three main types of research methods used in psychology – observation, experimentation and survey methods
  • Provides clear summaries of 21st-century published studies that reflect diversity and best illustrate issues in research methodology
  • Includes an emphasis on topics of most interest to students, from those with a personal perspective such as romantic relationships, prejudice and career decisions, to clinical topics including eating disorders, heavy drinking and paranoia 
  • Features a comprehensive glossary of all research terminology used in the narrative

 

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Acknowledgements

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

Glossary

References

Index

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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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  • Offers a unique narrative approach to introducing the complexities of psychological research methods to first year students
  • Introduces the reader to the three main types of research methods used in psychology – observation, experimentation and survey methods
  • Provides clear summaries of 21st-century published studies that reflect diversity and best illustrate issues in research methodology
  • Includes an emphasis on topics of most interest to students, from those with a personal perspective such as romantic relationships, prejudice and career decisions, to clinical topics including eating disorders, heavy drinking and paranoia 
  • Features a comprehensive glossary of all research terminology used in the narrative

 

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"A practical and easy-to-read "how to" guide for all psychology students, especially those new to the field of experimental design and research methods. By teaching research methods via real life examples from current published literature, this book gives students a fresh look at the diversity of research. A must-have for all students just starting out on their psychology career paths."
Claudia Dougall, second year Experimental Psychology student, University of Bristol

"This is a resource that will help combat research-methods teaching fatigue for both students and teachers alike."
Jason Ellis, Associate Director of University of Glasgow Sleep Centre

"The attractive material in this innovative text guarantees that, from now on, the hours spent teaching and learning Research Methods will be a relaxed and enjoyable experience."
Cris Izura, Swansea University

"In this book, Dr Sanders manages to deliver everything in an easy and approachable way. The book is clearly structured and attractively written and covers all the material I need for my course."
Peter Ivak, second year Psychology student, University of Aberdeen, UK

"Lalage Sanders’ book, Discovering Research Methods in Psychology, is something rare amongst research methods textbooks. So few books manage to capture the curiosity and intellectual enjoyment that some of us experience when reading and critically assessing research articles. So few authors really put research into context, and even fewer write in a style that can excite and reach out to the student. Dr Sanders writes enthusiastically and vibrantly, and produces something thoroughly worth reading. This book is an excellent vehicle for anyone who needs convincing why the seemingly dry concepts we have thrust upon us are totally essential to our world."
Dr Mark Forshaw, Staffordshire University

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Discovering Research Methods in Psychology: A Student's Guide
ISBN : 978-1-4051-7530-2
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September 2009, ©2009
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