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Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology

Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology

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April 2024 | 600 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Updated with new chapters on multiple regression and high-level research methods, this 4th edition of Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology delivers all you need to develop a practical understanding of both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research in psychology. In particular, this book guides you through the range of choices and considerations involved in research design, data analysis and report presentation.

Your learning is supported by a range of features, both in the book and online. These include:
  • Research Bites, to provide you with practical insights that arise from the most current research practice
  • Test yourself questions, to check your understanding
  • Exercises, to test your knowledge
  • Glossary, to help you with key terms
  • Research evaluation and improvement checklists – quick summaries of best practice for you to refer to
  • Online appendices, including data sets to practice with!
  • And much more…

S. Alexander Haslam is Professor of Psychology and Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland
Craig McGarty is an adjunct professor at Western Sydney University
Tegan Cruwys is Associate Professor and NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow at the Australian National University
Niklas K. Steffens is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Business and Organisational Psychology at the University of Queensland
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 Two Variables: Correlation
Chapter 10: Comparing Two or More Means by Analysing Variances: ANOVA
Chapter 11: Examining Relationships between Multiple Independent Variables and One Dependent Variable: Multiple Regression
Chapter 12: Analysing Other Forms of Data: Chi-square and Distribution-free Tests
Chapter 13: An Overview of High-Level Quantitative Methods
Chapter 14: Classical Qualitative Methods
Chapter 15: Contextual Qualitative Methods
Chapter 16: Research Ethics
Chapter 17: Conclusion: Managing Uncertainty in Psychological Research


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On this website students will find:

  • SPSS & R Data files to help them practice procedures outlined in the statistics chapters.
  • Online Appendice

Lecturers can access:

  • PowerPoint slides— complete chapter lecture slides.
  • Multiple-choice and short-answer question testbank.
  • A Course Cartridgecontaining all the student and instructor resources in one place accompanies this book.
    The Course Cartridge allows you to easily upload these resources into your institution’s learning management system (e.g., Blackboard or Moodle), and customise course content to suit your teaching needs. Visit the online resources or contact your local sales rep to find out more.

the book is perfectly aligned with the core objectives of our Level 4 research methods module. The book thoroughly covers fundamental concepts such as hypothesis formation, research design, data collection, and statistical analysis. Its comprehensive overview helps bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application, essential for beginners in research methodology.

Dr Olga Daneyko
Accounting, Sheffield Hallam University
May 3, 2024

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

Tegan Cruwys

Tegan Cruwys is an Associate Professor and NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow at the Australian National University and a former Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow. Her research investigates how social relationships shape mental and physical health — work that is at the intersection of social, clinical and health psychology. She is passionate about the capacity our psychological theorising and methods to help us tackle big problems like discrimination, loneliness, and health inequality. She has authored over 140 papers on these topics, as well as The New Psychology of Health: Unlocking the Social Cure (with Catherine Haslam, Jolanda... More About Author

Niklas K. Steffens

Niklas K. (Nik) Steffens is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Business and Organisational Psychology in the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland. His research focuses on leadership and followership, group processes and teamwork, and health and well-being in applied contexts – research he has conducted in collaboration with over 100 researchers across the globe. He collaborates with and consults to organisations, community groups, and industry to use theory and evidence to solve applied problems and improve group and organisational functioning. He recently co-edited Organizational Psychology: Revisiting... More About Author

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