Research Methods: A Tool for Life

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Research Methods: A Tool for Life

Format:  Hardcover,

457 pages

Publisher: Pearson College Div

Publish Date: Oct 2012

ISBN-13: 9780205903870

ISBN-10: 0205903878

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Publisher: Pearson College Div
Publish Date: Oct 2012
ISBN-13: 9780205903870
ISBN-10: 0205903878
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 457
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.75
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.0 x 9.25 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Psychology, Science, and Life
Ethics in Research
Planning Research: Generating a Question
Practical Issues in Planning Your Research
Measurement and Sampling
Conducting an Experiment: General Principles
Experiments with One Independent Variable
Experiments with Multiple Independent Variables
Expanding on Experimental Designs: Repeated Measures and Quasi-Experiments
Principles of Survey Research
Correlational Research
Studying Patterns in the Natural World: Observational Approaches
Research in Depth: Longitudinal and Single-Case Studies
People Are Different: Considering Cultural and Individual Differences in Research
Writing a Research Report
Statistics Review
Statistical Tables
Psychology, Science, And Life
Why Are Research Methods Important Tools For Life?
Why We Do Research
What Constitutes Scientific Knowledge
The Interaction Of Science And Culture
Controversy: Should Women Serve As Jurors?
Scientific Literacy
Controversy: Why Do Men Rape?
Ethics In Research
Unethical Research Practices-Past And Present
Ethical Guidelines Created By The American Psychological Association
Legal Requirements And Ethics In Research
The Importance Of Social Context In Deciding On Ethics In Research
Controversy On Deception
What You Need To Do If Your Research Involves Deception
Ethical Issues In Special Circumstances
Planning Research: Generating A Question
How Do Research Ideas Develop?
How Can You Develop Research Ideas?
The Virtual Laboratory: Research On The Internet
Checking On Research: The Role Of Replication
Controversy On Music-Does Music Make You Smarter?
How To Conduct A Literature Review
How To Read A Journal Article
Practical Issues In Planning Your Research
Practical Questions In Planning Research
Understanding Your Research
Conducting Your Study
Choosing The Your Participants Or Subjects
Differing Approaches In Different Areas Of Psychology
Measurement And Sampling
Psychological Concepts
Defining And Measuring Variables
Probability Sampling
Nonprobability Sampling
Making Useful Measurements
Considering Validity In Research
Controversy On Intelligence
Scales Of Measurement
Conducting An Experiment: General Principles
Choosing A Methodology: The Practicalities Of Research
Determining The Causes Of Behavior
The Logic Of Experimental Manipulation
Ethics In Experimental, Clinical Research
Controversy: Withholding Treatment In Medical Research
Experimental Control
Controversy: Do Women Fear Success?
Experimenter Effects
Participant Effects
Interaction Effects Between Experimenters And Participants
Experiments With One Independent Variable
Psychological Concepts
Independent And Dependent Variables
Types Of Independent And Dependent Variables
Controversy On Studying Race
Using Experiments To Determine Causation
Controversy On Studying Depression Experimentally
Comparing Two Groups
Comparing Multiple Groups
Data Analysis
Experiments With Multiple Independent Variables
Research With Multiple Independent Variables
Main Effects
Interactions Between Variables
Controversy On Prejudice
Identifying Research Designs
Data Analysis
Controversy On Cell Phones And Driving
Expanding On Experimental Designs: Repeated Measures And Quasi-Experiments
Repeated Measures Designs
Advantages Of Repeated Measures Designs
Limitations To Repeated Measures Designs
Data Analysis With Repeated Measures Designs
Quasi-Experimental Designs
Controversy: Does Sex + Neuroticism = Death?
Types Of Quasi-Experimental Designs
Controversy On Using Laws To Change Behavior
Principles Of Survey Research
Surveys: Answering Diverse Questions
Controversy On The U.S. Census
Selecting Your Methodology
Controversy On Adolescent Smoking
Response Bias
Sampling Issues
Correlational Research
Correlational Studies
Using The Correlational Approach
Controversy On Violence And The Media
Traditional Correlational Tests
Correlations With Multiple Variables
Controversy On The Mental Health Of College Students
Limitations Of Multivariate Correlational Analysis
Studying Patterns In The Natural World: Observational Approaches
Observational Approaches
Scientific Versus Casual Observation
Studying Natural Behaviors
Controversy On Abnormal Behavior Of Captive Animals
Controversy On Rape In Animals
Approaches To Observational Research
Sampling Issues In Observational Research
Ethological Observations In Clinical Research
The Human Side Of Observational Research
Controversy On Public Versus Private Sex
Data Analysis In Observational Research
Research In Depth: Longitudinal And Single-Case Studies
Longitudinal Research
Varieties Of Longitudinal Research
Controversy On Student Achievement
Issues In Longitudinal Designs
Data Analysis In Longitudinal Research
Single-Subject Experimentation
Methods Of Single-Case Designs
A Case Study: Tasting Pointed Chickens And Seeing Colored Numbers
People Are Different: Considering Cultural And Individual Differences In Research
Different Cultural Perspectives
Defining An Individual's Culture, Ethnicity, And Race
Cross-Cultural Concepts In Psychology
Controversy On Culture And Neurological Diagnosis
Is There A Biological Basis For Race?
Controversy On Different Races
Practical Issues In Cultural Research
Why The Concepts Of Culture And Ethnicity Are Essential In Research
Cultural Factors In Mental Health Research
Sex And Gender: Do Men And Women Come From Different Cultures?
Controversy On Men, Women, And Math

Book description

How psychological research makes a difference in everyday lives

Research Methods: A Tool for Life introduces readers to the importance of scientific research in every day life. Updated in the third edition, this text presents current research that engages students with familiar issues. Discussions of controversies in psychology stimulate student interest while explaining important methodological concepts, which helps students understand how new research emerges.

Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:

  • Generate a research question and select an appropriate methodology
  • Deal appropriately with ethical issues related to research
  • Conduct meaningful research using a wide array of methodologies
  • Consider social and cultural factors when consuming or conducting research
  • Write a Research Report

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