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Understanding Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology

Understanding Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology

424 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Understanding Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology offers broad-ranging coverage of basic and advanced qualitative and quantitative methods, exploring similarities and tensions between the two; a sequential structure starting from first principles to more advanced techniques; and a commitment to anchoring each of these techniques in relations to real psychological research, laying a foundation of necessary skills that will allow psychology students to confidently carry out their own investigations.

Key Features:
  • An organization that works well for students starting at basic level, then moving on to more advanced research methods and statistics study at higher levels;
  • A creative and practical selection of heuristic devices that will cement knowledge of the techniques and skills covered in the textbook; and
  • Fully interactive and password protected companion website for instructors and students, providing an array of features to help teaching and learning.
Understanding Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology will be essential reading for undergraduate students taking research methods and statistics in psychology.
Helen Gavin is Head of the Division of Psychology at the University of Huddersfield, U.K. 
The Range of Research
Ethics in Research
Some Shocking Cases

Some Basic Concepts in Psychological Research
Using Numbers to Describe Behaviour
Inferential Statistics
Why and What?

Simple Experimental Designs
Being Watched

Single Factorial Designs
The Levels of Processing Experiments

Survey Research
Who is afraid of Crime?

Correlational Designs
The Poor Relation?

Factorial Designs with More than One Factor
A Closer Look at Memory

Multivariate Statistics
Complex Correlational Designs and Analysis
Stats Can Be Murder

Theory in Qualitative Research
Designing Qualitative Research
Interviews and Focus Groups
Participant Observation
Girls, Gangs and Aggression

Thematic Analysis
Discourse Analysis
Power and Control

Evaluation Research
Communicating Research

'This text covers more than most research methods and statistics texts in terms of its breadth …Not only will students understand a range of methods and analytical techniques, they will understand why and how these have been used in relation to key psychological studies. By putting key studies at the heart of this book it demonstrates the importance of understanding methods and analysis in order to fully appreciate and understand psychology' - Dr Paul Redford, University of West of England

'Understanding Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology provides an excellent introduction for any student new to psychology and psychological research. Each chapter clearly and systematically covers a key area, ranging from research ethics through quantitative methods to complex designs and qualitative analysis. I highly recommend this book to anybody who would like a good understanding of basic research methods and statistics in psychology and related disciplines' - Dr David Popplewell, University of Oxford

Very good comprehensive text book which highlights research methods, giving good guidence for the student. Using examples to show the reader how to apply research methods to Psychology. This text book will be recommended to my students and staff.

Miss Sharron Stillyards
health and social care, northlindsey college
July 15, 2013

Good general coverage of both quant and qual methods.

Dr Chris Bale
Behavioural Sciences, Huddersfield University
February 7, 2012

An understandable and practical guide, breaks statistics into manageable chunks...pushing away the daunting stigma!!!

Miss Kate Steabler
HE Care, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
January 4, 2010

Helen Gavin

Helen Gavin was, before retiring in 2023, Subject Lead in Criminal Psychology at the University of Huddersfield, having previously been Head of Psychology at two universities. She taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in this area, and now carries out research that focuses on deviant and homicidal sexual expression. She is currently collaborating with researchers and practitioners across the UK and in the USA, concerned with projects in female aggression, non-apprehended offenders, and issues concerning policing. She has supervised a number of research students, some of whom have investigated female aggression and psychopathy, the... More About Author

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