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Doing Psychology An Introduction to Research Methodology and Statistics

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ISBN-10: 0761957359

ISBN-13: 9780761957355

Edition: 1998

Authors: S. Alexander Haslam, Craig McGarty

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`Doing Psychology ... challenges the reader to become active in the development and understanding of psychological research and to be critical in its application.Academics will find the text would easily complement the structure of an introductory course. Overall this book is written clearly and concisely, adopting a conversational tone, and utilizes a structure that students can easily follow without the techniques and concepts being oversimplified.Doing Psychology is certainly a text well worth considering in introductory courses, or as a refresher text for those who need to revise key techniques. The text would provide students with a good foundation for advanced design and statistics…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Limited
Publication date: 2/17/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

'Why do I have to do this?'
the structure of this book and an overview of the chapters
how to use this book
Research in Psychology: Objectives and Ideals
What is psychological research and why do it?
how does psychological research progress?
principles of good research
some notes of caution
Research Methods
Psychological measurement
the experimental method
the quasi-experimental method
the survey method
the case study method
Experimental Design
Choosing an independent variable
choosing a dependent variable
choosing an experimental sample
threats to internal validity
threats to external validity
Survey Design
The differences between surveys and experiments
setting the question
finding a sample
types of survey
overview: designing a survey
Descriptive Statistics
Different forms of research data
describing a typical score: measures of central tendency
the relationship between measures of central tendency and a response distribution
describing the spread of scores: measures of dispersion
observed distributions
Some Principles of Statistical Inference
Statistical inference
inferences about individual scores
inferences about means
Examining Differences between Means: The t-test
Student's t-distribution
comparing the results for a single sample to a specific value
within-subjects t-tests
between-subjects t-tests
the controversy about what to do with t-values
handling the results of t-te
Examining Relationships between Variables: Correlation
Some basic principles of correlation
the measurement of correlation
interpreting and making inferences about correlations
some notes of caution
Research Ethics
Science and society
participation in research
research with animals
final comment
Conclusion: Managing Uncertainty in Psychological Research
'Where has all this got us?'
managing uncertainty in psychological research
final comment
Appendices: Step-by-step guides to computing t-tests and correlations
statistical tables