The psychologist as detective: an introduction to conducting research in psychology

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Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2007 - Psychology - 480 pages
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The Psychologist as Detective conveys the excitement of research methodology through a lively, conversational style. To make the study of the research process interactive and accessible for readers, pedagogical features and critical thinking activities are integrated throughout the volume. Actual student research appears in each chapter to increase relevance and heighten reader interest. This text evaluates the science of psychology, research ideas and hypotheses, ethics, nonexperimental methods and the basics of experimentation variables and control, statistics, designing-conducting-analyzing and interpreting experiments, as well as alternative research designs, external validity, critiquing experimental research and writing and assemblling an APA-format research report. For individuals involved with or interested in psychological research.

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Research Ideas Critiquing Research
Developing a Research Question
Critiquing Psychological Research

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Dana S. Dunn is Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Learning in Common Curriculum Committee at Moravian College. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Virginia. A Fellow of the APA, Dr. Dunn is co-editor with Stephen L. Chew of "Best Practices for Teaching Introduction to Psychology" (LEA).
Randolph A. Smith is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Kennesaw State University. He received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Texas Tech University. Editor of "Teaching of Psychology," Dr. Smith received the American Psychological Foundation's Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award in 2006.
Bernard C. Beins is Professor and Department Chair of Psychology at Ithaca College. He received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from CUNY. Currently an Associate Editor of "Teaching of Psychology," Dr. Beins is a past President of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Stephen F. Davis is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Emporia State University. He is the author of numerous books, including "Psychology "(with Joseph J. Palladino, fourth edition 2004) and "The Psychologist as Detective: An Introduction to Conducting Research in Psychology" (with Randolph A. Smith, third edition 2004).

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