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Psychologist as Detective, The: An Introduction to Conducting Research in Psychology, 6th Edition

By Randolph A. Smith, Stephen F Davis

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Oct 2, 2012

Description

Understanding psychological research by finding a problem, discovering the clues, and evaluating the evidence.

 

The Psychologist as Detectives introduces students to the research process. The authors treat psychological research as a detective case in which a problem is presented, clues are discovered, evidence is evaluated, and a report is prepared for consideration by peers.

 

 

Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:

  • Think critically about research and research methods
  • Analyze research as a problem solving procedure
  • Develop research skills by looking at examples of research studies
  • Evaluate evidence from a research study and prepare a report or summary of the case

 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Psychological Research and the Research Methods Course

Chapter 2 Developing a Good Research Idea and Conducting an Ethical Project

Chapter 3 Qualitative Research Methods

Chapter 4 Nonexperimental Methods: Descriptive Methods, Correlational Studies, Ex Post Facto Studies, Survey and Questionnaires, Sampling, and Basic Research Strategies

Chapter 5 Using the Scientific Method in Psychology

Chapter 6 Conducting a Good Experiment I:  Variables and Control

Chapter 7 Conducting a Good Experiment II:  Final Considerations, Unanticipated Influences, and Cross-Cultural Issues

Chapter 8 Internal and External Validity

Chapter 9 Using Statistics to Answer Questions

Chapter 10 Designing, Conducting, Analyzing, and Interpreting Experiments with Two Groups

Chapter 11 Designing, Conducting, Analyzing, and Interpreting Experiments with More than Two Groups

Chapter 12 Designing, Conducting, Analyzing, and Interpreting Experiments with Multiple Independent Variables

Chapter 13 Alternative Research Designs

Chapter 14 Writing and Assembling an APA-Format Research Report

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