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The Process of Research in Psychology

Fifth Edition


September 2023 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
With a structure focused on process over memorization, best-selling author Dawn M. McBride's The Process of Research in Psychology, Fifth Edition covers topics with a step-by-step approach to help students understand the full progression of developing, conducting, and presenting a research study from start to finish. Early chapters introduce important concepts for developing research ideas, subject sampling, ethics, and data collection; more detailed coverage of these topics is included in the “More About” chapters to provide instructors with flexibility to focus on the methods students will use in their projects. Concepts and skills relevant to more than one stage of the research process are covered in multiple contexts to give students repeated opportunities to learn about the most important, and often most difficult, research concepts at the moment they’re used. This new Fifth Edition features added discussion on validity and reliability; a reorganized chapter on survey research to group topics more clearly and to provide more information on qualitative analysis; more questions in the “Test Yourself” quizzes at the end of each chapter to focus more on application; and additional references to the increasingly popular statistical software programs JASP and R.

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Part I: Overview of the Research Process from Start to Finish
 
Chapter 1 Behavioral Research: The Whys and Hows of the Scientific Method
 
Chapter 2 Hypothesis Development: Where Research Questions Come From
 
Chapter 3 Ethical Guidelines for Psychological Research
 
Chapter 4 How Psychologists Use the Scientific Method: Data Collection Techniques and Research Designs
 
Chapter 5 Variables and Measurement in Research
 
Chapter 6 Sampling
 
Chapter 7 Summarizing and Interpreting Data: Using Statistics
 
Chapter 8 Reporting Research
 
Part II: More About Research Methods and Analysis
 
Chapter 9 More About Using Statistics
 
Chapter 10 More About Survey Research
 
Chapter 11 More About Correlational Studies
 
Chapter 12 More About One-Factor Experiments
 
Chapter 13 More About Multi-Factor Experiments
 
Chapter 14 More About Quasi-Experiments
 
Chapter 15 More About Other Specialized Designs
 
Appendix: Statistical Calculations

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"This is an inexpensive, basic, and easily accessible book of research methods for undergraduates."

Adam P. Natoli
Sam Houston State University

“This book provides an excellent overview of the research process for students moving from developing a research question to producing a final result as a paper or poster.”

Douglas P. Cooper
Johnson C. Smith University

“I really enjoy this book. It is suitable in teaching a wide range of students.”

Teah Moore
Spalding University

“This is a great option because it allows the students to work on active learning activities to reinforce what is in the textbook.”

Julie Wilson
University of Houston - Downtown

“…concise and actually beneficial to the student.”

Trina Geye
Tarleton State University

Dawn M. McBride

Dawn M. McBride is a professor of psychology at Illinois State University, where she has taught research methods since 1998. Her research interests include automatic forms of memory, false memory, prospective memory, task order choices, and forgetting. In addition to research methods, she teaches courses in introductory psychology, cognition and learning, and human memory, and a graduate course in experimental design. She is a recipient of the Illinois State University Teaching Initiative Award and the Illinois State University SPA/Psi Chi Jim Johnson Award for commitment to undergraduate mentorship, involvement, and achievement. Her... More About Author

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