Essentials of Research Methods in Psychology

ISBN-10: 0072388153

ISBN-13: 9780072388152

Edition: 2001

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Book details

List price: $133.33
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 10/13/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 7.30" wide x 9.20" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

Introduction to Research Methods
Babies' Musical Memories Formed in Womb
July 11, 2001 The author reviews studies that claim babies have preferences for music that was played to them before they were born. Other studies related to this area of research are discussed. This article provides the reader a good opportunity to critique popular press reports and evaluate possible internal validity issues
Nightmare Scenarios
The Chronicle of Higher Education , October 24, 2003
Some researchers who study psychotherapy have recurring worries that a patient with a psychological disorder that is better treated using one specific type of therapy but the therapist nor the patients knows the research
Instead, the patient is offered a faddish treatment based on pseudoscience
The author discusses pros and cons of using the scientific method in clinical practice
The Pursuit of Pseudoscience
Psychology Today , July/August 2001
Promises of miraculous cures and powers relate to the use of pseudoscience
This brief article recounts examples of bogus therapies and treatments
Moreover, the author points out the differences between the gimmicks of pseudoscience and empirically supported treatments
Right Reasoning:
and the Scientific Method, Shawn Taylor, ETC: A Review of General Semantics , Summer 2002 Shawn Taylor favorably compares S.I. Hayakawa's and Charles Sanders Peirce's convictions that scientific investigation is the best method to analyze claims, assertions, ideas, and beliefs
According to Peirce's four methods of ' fixing belief ,' people from beliefs using tenacity, authority, a priori , and scientific investigation
Reviewed are the limitations of the first three methods and the details of why the scientific method is the right reasoning to use
Rethinking Sociology: Applied and Basic Research
American Sociologist , Spring 1998
A sociologist discusses the traditional lines of demarcation between applied and basic research in which those conducting basic research are afforded higher status
William Whyte criticizes this perspective and proposes instead that various forms of applied social research hold the greatest promise for advancing the field
Basic and Applied Research on Choice Responding
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume 30, Number 3, 1997
The way in which people spend their time when choosing from several options is referred to as choice responding
Wayne Fisher and James Mazur review basic research on variables that influence choice responding, such as response effort and reinforcement rate, immediacy, and quality
The results of this research can help explain human behavior in nonclinical environments and improve further research and interventions
College Students' Beliefs in the Ten-Percent Myth
Journal of Psychology , September 1, 1998
Do you think that psychology students trained in the scientific method and critical thinking , when compared to those without such training, are more likely to believe the misconception that humans use only about 10 percent of their potential brain power?
Researchers examined this question, noting how many students mentioned any kind of research or evidence to support their beliefs
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