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 researchmethodology through a lively, conversational style. To make the studyof the research process interactive and accessible for readers, pedagogical features and critical thinking activities are integratedthroughout the volume. Actual student research appears in eachchapter to increase relevance and heighten reader interest. This textevaluates the science of psychology, research ideas and hypotheses, ethics, nonexperimental methods and the basics of experimentationvariables and control, statistics, designing-conducting-analyzing andinterpreting experiments, as well as alternative research designs, external validity, critiquing experimental research and writing andassemblling an APA-format research report. For individuals involvedwith or interested in psychological resear

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Contents

Research Ideas Critiquing Research
23
Developing a Research Question
29
Critiquing Psychological Research
38
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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 Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Emporia State University. He served as the 2002-2003 Knapp Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego. Currently, he is Distinguished Guest Professor at Morningside College and Visiting Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Texas Wesleyan University. Since 1966, he has published over 325 articles, 30 textbooks, and presented over 900 professional papers; the vast majority of these publications and presentations include student coauthors. He has served as president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP; Division 2 of the American Psychological Association [APA]), Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Southwestern Psychological Association, and Psi Chi. In addition, he received the first Psi Chi Florence L. Denmark Faculty Advisor Award. He is a fellow of APA Divisions 1 (General), 2 (STP), 3 (Experimental), and 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology), and a recipient in 1988 of the American Psychological Foundation's (APF) Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award.

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