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Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences

Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences

Third Edition (Updated Edition)

July 2022 | 616 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Updated Third Edition has been fully revised for the seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2020), both in the APA style sections within content and the references. The language within the text has been updated to be as inclusive as possible regarding all aspects of identity. The APA sections on style, paper preparation, and ethics have been updated and the text itself has been formatted in the 7th edition style to better reflect the latest style guidance. 

Both comprehensive and clear, Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences, Third Edition author Gregory J. Privitera employs a problem-focused approach to introduce research methods. A conversational writing tone speaks to learners directly, empowering students to view research methods as something they are capable of understanding and applying. Within each chapter, students draw conclusions by following the scientific process. To do enable this, Privitera fully integrates the research methods decision tree—from choosing a research design to choosing an appropriate statistic—to encourage students to select the most appropriate methodology for the research question they're seeking to answer. Greg Privitera covers the full scope of methodologies from non-experimental to quasi-experimental to experimental in a straightforward, unbiased manner.
About the Author
To the Student—How to Use SPSS With This Book
Chapter 1 • Introduction to Scientific Thinking
Chapter 2 • Generating Testable Ideas
Chapter 3 • Research Ethics
Chapter 4 • Identifying Scientific Variables
Chapter 5 • Sampling From Populations
Chapter 6 • Choosing a Research Design
Chapter 7 • Naturalistic, Qualitative, and Existing Data Research Designs
Chapter 8 • Survey and Correlational Research Designs
Chapter 9 • Quasi-Experimental and Single-Case Experimental Designs
Chapter 10 • Between-Subjects Experimental Designs
Chapter 11 • Within-Subjects Experimental Designs
Chapter 12 • Factorial Experimental Designs
Chapter 13 • Analysis and Interpretation: Exposition of Data
Chapter 14 • Analysis and Interpretation: Making Decisions About Data
Chapter 15 • Communicating Research: Preparing Manuscripts, Posters, and Talks
Appendix A: APA-Style Writing, Sample Manuscript, and Posters
Appendix B: Instructions for Randomizing and Counterbalancing
Appendix C: SPSS General Instructions Guide and Statistical Tables


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Dr Shon D Smith
Counseling Dept, North Carolina A&t State Univ
October 25, 2023

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School Of Business/Economics, Campbellsville University
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Gregory J. Privitera

Gregory J. Privitera is a professor of psychology at St. Bonaventure University where he is a recipient of its highest teaching honor, The Award for Professional Excellence in Teaching, and its highest honor for scholarship, The Award for Professional Excellence in Research and Publication. Dr. Privitera received his PhD in behavioral neuroscience in the field of psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo and continued with his postdoctoral research at Arizona State University. He is a national award-winning author and research scholar. His textbooks span across diverse topics in psychology and the behavioral sciences,... More About Author

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