The Psychologist As Detective: An Introduction To Conducting Research In Psychology Plus…

Book & Toy | October 4, 2012

byRandolph A. Smith, Stephen F Davis

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Understanding psychological research by finding a problem, discovering the clues, and evaluating the evidence.

 

The Psychologist as Detectives introduces students to the research process. The authors treat psychological research as a detective case in which a problem is presented, clues are discovered, evidence is evaluated, and a report is prepared for consideration by peers.

 

Found within MySearchLab, or as a stand-alone, Operation ARA is a new “smart game” that teaches critical thinking and research methods in the context of a “save the world” story-line.

 

Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:

  • Think critically about research and research methods
  • Analyze research as a problem solving procedure
  • Develop research skills by looking at examples of research studies
  • Evaluate evidence from a research study and prepare a report or summary of the case
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Randolph A. (Randy) Smith is Professor and Chair of Psychology at Lamar University. Randy completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Houston and PhD at Texas Tech University in experimental psychology (specialties in human learning/memory and statistics). Randy taught at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas for 26 yea...

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Format:Book & ToyDimensions:456 pages, 9.3 × 7.5 × 0.8 inPublished:October 4, 2012Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Psychological Research and the Research Methods Course

Chapter 2 Developing a Good Research Idea and Conducting an Ethical Project

Chapter 3 Qualitative Research Methods

Chapter 4 Nonexperimental Methods: Descriptive Methods, Correlational Studies, Ex Post Facto Studies, Survey and Questionnaires, Sampling, and Basic Research Strategies

Chapter 5 Using the Scientific Method in Psychology

Chapter 6 Conducting a Good Experiment I:  Variables and Control

Chapter 7 Conducting a Good Experiment II:  Final Considerations, Unanticipated Influences, and Cross-Cultural Issues

Chapter 8 Internal and External Validity

Chapter 9 Using Statistics to Answer Questions

Chapter 10 Designing, Conducting, Analyzing, and Interpreting Experiments with Two Groups

Chapter 11 Designing, Conducting, Analyzing, and Interpreting Experiments with More than Two Groups

Chapter 12 Designing, Conducting, Analyzing, and Interpreting Experiments with Multiple Independent Variables

Chapter 13 Alternative Research Designs

Chapter 14 Writing and Assembling an APA-Format Research Report

Editorial Reviews

“The writing style of the book is great. It is definitely non intimidating for students. The authors do a great job in the clarity and readability of the material.” - Judy Correa Kaiser, Saint Ambrose University   “It makes research design and statistics approachable and students are able to grasp the material well.” - Deborah Ragin, Montclair State University   “The writing style is enjoyable. The writers write like they are talking to a student. It is approachable and easy to understand. I have not seen this in other experimental psychology textbooks.” - Rebecca Regeth, California University of Pennsylvania   “I love the writing style of this text. The subject level, the clarity of the arguments, the readability and interest is very appropriate the new investigators that this class prepares. The chapter organization presents a natural flow and development of the subject matter based on progression and relevance,” - Own Johnson, Tennessee State University