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Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology

Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology

Third Edition
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October 2018 | 584 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The third edition of Haslam and McGarty's best-selling textbook, Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology, provides students with a highly readable and comprehensive introduction to conducting research in psychology. The book guides readers through the range of choices involved in design, analysis, and presentation and is supplemented by a range of practical learning features both inside the book and online. These draw on the authors' extensive experience as frontline researchers and provide step-by-step guides to quantitative and qualitative methods and analyses. Written in an accessible and engaging style, this text encourages deep engagement with its subject matter and is designed to inspire students to feel passionate for the research process as a whole.

This third edition offers:

  • Updated ‘Research Bites’ in every chapter: a space to step back from the text and reflect on the ways in which it relates both to issues in the world at large and to contemporary debates in psychology
  • Updated coverage of experimental design, survey research and ethics
  • More expansive coverage of qualitative methods
  • A comprehensive guide to the process of conducting psychological research from the ground up — covering multiple methodologies, experimental and survey design, data analysis, ethics, and report writing
  • An extensive range of quantitative methods together with detailed step-by-step guides to running analyses using SPSS
  • Online resources and videos to help reinforce learning and revision for instructors and students.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Research in Psychology: Objectives and Ideals
Chapter 3: Research Methods
Chapter 4: Experimental Design
Chapter 5: Survey Design
Chapter 6: Descriptive Statistics
Chapter 7: Some Principles of Statistical Inference
Chapter 8: Examining Differences between Means: The t-test
Chapter 9: Examining Relationships between Variables: Correlation
Chapter 10: Comparing Two or More Means by Analysing Variances: ANOVA
Chapter 11: Analysing Other Forms of Data: Chi-square and Distribution-free Tests
Chapter 12: Classical Qualitative Methods
Chapter 13: Contextual Qualitative Methods
Chapter 14: Research Ethics
Chapter 15: Conclusion: Managing Uncertainty in Psychological Research


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The online resources featured are:

Student resources:

·        Multiple Choice Questions

·        Glossary Flashcards

·        SPSS and R data files

·        Online appendices

·        Videos and multiple choice questions

·        Further videos of interest (links)


Lecturer resources:

·        Powerpoint Slides

·        Testbank

·        Annotated psychology research report

This book is a great companion for any psychology student; Clearly written, it offers extremely useful information for both qualitative and quantitative psychological research. I cannot think of a better go-to source before engaging in psychological research.

Tamara Rakic
University of Lancaster

A much-needed fully comprehensive text that breaks down the stages undertaken when conducting research in psychology. The in-book text provides guidance covering the fundamentals of good research design situated within and aligned to the field of psychology. The expansive out-of-book online support materials make this a must-have textbook for psychology students doing researching. 

Gary McKenna
University of the West of Scotland

I think that the glossary is super helpful for clarifying certain words, and the exercises are a great way to actually help retain any knowledge learnt, the checklist is a bonus as well, just helps double checking that you know you’ve learnt what you need to. Also, the discussion and essay questions are a great way to practice for an exam on these subjects. Overall that whole part is really, really good, much better than just throwing the information at you and hoping that you remember it just from reading because no one I know learns by just reading. I will definitely get my library at the university to order in a few copies.

Student at the University of the West of Scotland
University of the West of Scotland

Overall, a very complete book for the undergraduate learner and one that will serve as a reference through to postgraduate studies and further pursuits in psychology and social science research. The retention of the previous structure that includes side activities such as goals, checklists, research bites, and exercises, etc is a very welcomed one. I'm glad to see the new edition include more recent and very relevant debates on research and statistics (e.g. big and open data, questionable research practice, default alpha levels, data saturation), especially on conversations to do with effect size (Chapter 6 and Chapter 10), as well as with the inclusion of the R software package in the statistical discussions. Makes me wanna be a student again!

Assoc. Prof. Dr Alvin Ng Lai Oon
Sunway University

This excellent research method book is a clear and easy to read, I was a fan of the previous edition and it looks like I will continue with this edition. This third version has updated research bites and exercises which I have found useful to direct students to do and have done myself.

Suzanne Everett
Senior Lecturer in Sexual Health, University of Exeter

There are many methods/statistics books on the market, yet Haslam and McGarty set themselves apart by immersing the reader within the practical and applied aspects of research. All too often students feel their methods classes are divorced from real-world research; the Research Bites used throughout the book situate learning within the wider context of psychological science.

Garry Norris
Senior Lecturer, Aberystwyth University

This book is an essential resource for anyone interested in psychological research methods. The book is informative and detailed but also readable and easy to follow. The examples and resources that come with the book enable a deeper understanding of this essential topic, a must read. 

Dr. James Byron Dnaiel
University of the West of England

The authors managed to write a textbook that provides an easily accessible introduction into the matter, focuses on the bigger picture, and is one of the few books that are highly suitable for self-study, especially due to the great wealth of worked examples.

Ronny Scherer
University of Oslo

Excellent book for those beginning to tackle designing and implementing small scale research. Accessible for a range of learners all with different starting points.
Plan to recommend to my new cohort in this next academic year.

Mrs Stephanie Lee
Social Science, Weston College
August 22, 2019

S. Alexander Haslam

S Alexander Haslam (Alex Haslam) is Professor of Psychology and Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland. Together with colleagues, he has written and edited 15 books and over 300 research articles and chapters. His most recent books are The New Psychology of Leadership: Identity, Influence and Power (with Steve Reicher and Michael Platow, 2nd ed. 2020) and Social Psychology: Revisiting the Classic Studies (edited with Joanne Smith, 2nd ed. 2017). He is former Chief Editor of the European Journal of Social Psychology and former President of the Psychology Section of the British Science Association. He is a recipient... More About Author

Craig McGarty

Craig McGarty is Professor of Psychology at Western Sydney University. He received his undergraduate training in psychology at the University of Adelaide and his PhD from Macquarie University in 1991 (where he was a tutor from 1985 until 1989). He spent 1990 as a lecturer in social psychology/social interaction at the University of Western Sydney and moved in 1991 to the Australian National University as a research associate. He was Reader and Head of the School of Psychology before moving to Murdoch University in Western Australia as the Director of the Centre for Social and Community Research and then Director of the Social Research... More About Author