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Psychological Research The Ideas Behind the Methods

ISBN-10: 0393976203
ISBN-13: 9780393976205
Edition: 2001
Authors: Douglas G. Mook
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Book details

List price: $105.10
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/17/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

Douglas G. Mook is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He has published widely in leading professional journals, including Psychological Research, American Psychologist, and the Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology, on such diverse topics as the nature of preferences, the problem of external validity in research, and the neuroendocrine control of ingestion in rats. Professor Mook is also the author of Motivation: The Organization of Action. He lives in New York City, where he teaches regularly at local colleges while cultivating his interest in operatic performance.

Testing our Ideas
What Do We Think and Why Do We Think It?
Research: Good, Bad, and Bogus
Why Study Research Methods?
Basic and Applied Research
The Research Adventure
Summary
Making Friends with Statistics: A Look Ahead
Theory and Data in Psychology
Theory
On Knowing When We're Wrong: Testing Our Theories
Three Case Studies
Summary
Making Friends with Statistics: Statistical Significance
Data
Systematic Data
The Anatomy of Data: Variables and Values
Objective Data
The Problem of Subjective Data
The Reliability and Validity of Measures
Summary
Making Friends with Statistics: Frequency Distributions
Observation and Description
Case Studies
Surveys: Interviews and Questionnaires
Participant Observation
Direct Observation of Behavior
Testing Hypotheses with Observations
The Value of Observational Research
Summary
Making Friends with Statistics: Descriptive Statistics
Observation and Description II: Some Technical Problems
Sampling
Observer Effects
Observer Bias
Correlation and Causality
Summary
Making Friends with Statistics: Scatterplots and Correlations
Experiments with One Independent Variable
What is an Experiment?
Some Examples
The Anatomy of an Experiment
Experimental Design
Limitations of Experiments
Summary
Making Friends with Statistics: Analysis of Variance and the t Statistic
Experimental Control I: Obscuring Factors
Two Kinds of Control Problems
How to Get Null Results: Obscuring Factors
How Much to Control?
Sacrificing Control: The Field Experiment
Significance Tests and Experimental Control
Summary
Making Friends with Statistics: More about Significance Testing
Experimental Cotrol II: Confounded Variables
A Case Study: Intervention Research and its Problems
Individual Differences as Confounded Variables
Procedural Confounds: A Success Story and More Cautionary Tales
How to Combat Confounds
Summary
Making Friends with Statistics: Statistical Control
Experiments with More Than One Independent Variable
A Look Ahead: The Concept of Interaction
Factorial Designs
Mixed Within- and Between-Subjects Designs
Mixed Experimental and Subject-Variable Designs
Higher-Order Designs
Summary
Making Friends with Statistics: Factorial Analysis of Variance and More about Interactions
Single-Subject and "Small-N" Experiments
Characteristics of Small-N Experiments
Psychophysics
Conditioning
Animal Cognition: Concepts in Pigeons
An Example from Neuropsychology: The "Split-Brain" Experiments
Memory I: Ebbinghaus's Research
Memory II: Bartlett's Investigations
Small-N Designs in Clinical Research
Continuities with Large-N Research
Summary
Making Friends with Statistics: Signal-Detection Theory
Quasi-Experiments
What is a Quasi-Experiment?
Selection of Subjects: Nonequivalent Groups Designs
Time-Series Designs
Mixed Designs
Limitations of Quasi-Experiments: Some Cautionary Tales
The Uses of Quasi-Experiments
Combining Methods: A Case Study
Summary
Making Friends with Statistics: The Chi-Square Test
The Reliability and Generality of Findings
Statistical Significance and Reliability
Experimental Reliability: Replication
Findings Versus Theory: The External-Validity Controversy
What is Research "About"?
Summary
Making Friends with Statistics: Meta-Analysis
Ethical Considerations in Research
The Apa Guidelines
The Right to Safety
The Right to Respectiful Treatment
Oversight Committees--the Irb
Ethics in Animal Research
Summary
Research Psychology, Pop Psychology, and Intuitive Psychology
Psychology's Image Problem
The Intuitive Psychologist
Defending Our Beliefs: Cognitive Conservatism
Overconfidence
The Scientist's Advantages
Summary
Making Friends with Statistics: When is a Problem a Statistical Problem?
Random Numbers and How to Use Them
Binomial Probabilities
Critical Values of F
Critical Values of t
Critical Values of x[superscript 2]
How to Report Research
References
Credits
Name Index
Subject Index

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