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Research Methods in Psychology for Dummies

Your hands-on introduction to research methods in psychology Looking for an easily accessible overview of research methods in psychology? This is the book for you! Whether you need to get ahead in class, you're pressed for time, or you just want a take on a topic that's not covered in your textbook, Research Methods in Psychology For Dummies has you covered. Written in plain English and packed with easy-to-follow instruction, this friendly guide takes the intimidation out of the subject and tackles the fundamentals of psychology research in a way that makes it approachable and comprehensible, no matter your background. Inside, you'll find expert coverage of qualitative and quantitative research methods, including surveys, case studies, laboratory observations, tests and experiments?and much more. Serves as an excellent supplement to course textbooks Provides a clear introduction to the scientific method Presents the methodologies and techniques used in psychology research Written by the authors of Psychology Statistics For Dummies If you're a first or second year psychology student and want to supplement your doorstop-sized psychology textbook?and boost your chances of scoring higher at exam time?this hands-on guide breaks down the subject into easily digestible bits and propels you towards success.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Research Methods 5 Chapter 1: Why Do Research in Psychology? 7 Chapter 2: Reliability and Validity 21 Chapter 3: Research Ethics 33 Part II: Enhancing External Validity 45 Chapter 4: Survey Designs and Methods 47 Chapter 5: Sampling Methods 63 Chapter 6: Questionnaires and Psychometric Tests 89 Part III: Enhancing Internal Validity 105 Chapter 7: Basic Experimental Designs 107 Chapter 8: Looking at More Complex Experimental Designs 129 Chapter 9: Small Experiments 141 Part IV: Qualitative Research 161 Chapter 10: Achieving Quality in Qualitative Research 163 Chapter 11: Analysing Qualitative Data 175 Chapter 12: Theoretical Approaches and Methodologies in Qualitative Research 187 Part V: Reporting Research 203 Chapter 13: Preparing a Written Report 205 Chapter 14: Preparing a Research Presentation 223 Chapter 15: APA Guidelines for Reporting Research 239 Part VI: Research Proposals 253 Chapter 16: Finding Research Literature 255 Chapter 17: Sample Size Calculations 275 Chapter 18: Developing a Research Proposal 291 Part VII: The Part of Tens 303 Chapter 19: Ten Pitfalls to Avoid When Selecting Your Sample 305 Chapter 20: Ten Tips for Reporting Your Research 311 Index 317

About the Author

Martin Dempster, PhD, is a health psychologist and research coordinator for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology program at Queen's University Belfast. Donncha Hanna, PhD, is a psychology lecturer at Queen's University Belfast responsible for teaching statistics and research methods.

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