Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology

Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology

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The third edition of Haslam and McGarty's best-selling textbook, Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology, provides students with a highly readable and comprehensive introduction to conducting research in psychology. The book guides readers through the range of choices involved in design, analysis, and presentation and is supplemented by a range of practical learning features both inside the book and online. These draw on the authors' extensive experience as frontline researchers and provide step-by-step guides to quantitative and qualitative methods and analyses. Written in an accessible and engaging style, this text encourages deep engagement with its subject matter and is designed to inspire students to feel passionate for the research process as a whole.

This third edition offers:

Updated 'Research Bites' in every chapter: a space to step back from the text and reflect on the ways in which it relates both to issues in the world at large and to contemporary debates in psychology
Updated coverage of experimental design, survey research and ethics
More expansive coverage of qualitative methods
A comprehensive guide to the process of conducting psychological research from the ground up - covering multiple methodologies, experimental and survey design, data analysis, ethics, and report writing
An extensive range of quantitative methods together with detailed step-by-step guides to running analyses using SPSS
Online resources and videos to help reinforce learning and revision for instructors and students available at
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Product details

  • Paperback | 584 pages
  • 186 x 232 x 33.02mm | 1,040g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 1526423294
  • 9781526423290
  • 84,369

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Research in Psychology: Objectives and Ideals
Chapter 3: Research Methods
Chapter 4: Experimental Design
Chapter 5: Survey Design
Chapter 6: Descriptive Statistics
Chapter 7: Some Principles of Statistical Inference
Chapter 8: Examining Differences between Means: The t-test
Chapter 9: Examining Relationships between Variables: Correlation
Chapter 10: Comparing Two or More Means by Analysing Variances: ANOVA
Chapter 11: Analysing Other Forms of Data: Chi-square and Distribution-free Tests
Chapter 12: Classical Qualitative Methods
Chapter 13: Contextual Qualitative Methods
Chapter 14: Research Ethics
Chapter 15: Conclusion: Managing Uncertainty in Psychological Research
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The authors managed to write a textbook that provides an easily accessible introduction into the matter, focuses on the bigger picture, and is one of the few books that are highly suitable for self-study, especially due to the great wealth of worked examples. -- Ronny Scherer This book is an essential resource for anyone interested in psychological research methods. The book is informative and detailed but also readable and easy to follow. The examples and resources that come with the book enable a deeper understanding of this essential topic, a must read. -- Dr. James Byron Dnaiel There are many methods/statistics books on the market, yet Haslam and McGarty set themselves apart by immersing the reader within the practical and applied aspects of research. All too often students feel their methods classes are divorced from real-world research; the Research Bites used throughout the book situate learning within the wider context of psychological science. -- Garry Norris This excellent research method book is a clear and easy to read, I was a fan of the previous edition and it looks like I will continue with this edition. This third version has updated research bites and exercises which I have found useful to direct students to do and have done myself. -- Suzanne Everett Overall, a very complete book for the undergraduate learner and one that will serve as a reference through to postgraduate studies and further pursuits in psychology and social science research. The retention of the previous structure that includes side activities such as goals, checklists, research bites, and exercises, etc is a very welcomed one. I'm glad to see the new edition include more recent and very relevant debates on research and statistics (e.g. big and open data, questionable research practice, default alpha levels, data saturation), especially on conversations to do with effect size (Chapter 6 and Chapter 10), as well as with the inclusion of the R software package in the statistical discussions. Makes me wanna be a student again! -- Assoc. Prof. Dr Alvin Ng Lai Oon I think that the glossary is super helpful for clarifying certain words, and the exercises are a great way to actually help retain any knowledge learnt, the checklist is a bonus as well, just helps double checking that you know you've learnt what you need to. Also, the discussion and essay questions are a great way to practice for an exam on these subjects. Overall that whole part is really, really good, much better than just throwing the information at you and hoping that you remember it just from reading because no one I know learns by just reading. I will definitely get my library at the university to order in a few copies. -- Student at the University of the West of Scotland A much-needed fully comprehensive text that breaks down the stages undertaken when conducting research in psychology. The in-book text provides guidance covering the fundamentals of good research design situated within and aligned to the field of psychology. The expansive out-of-book online support materials make this a must-have textbook for psychology students doing researching.

-- Gary McKenna This book is a great companion for any psychology student; Clearly written, it offers extremely useful information for both qualitative and quantitative psychological research. I cannot think of a better go-to source before engaging in psychological research. -- Tamara Rakic
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About S. Alexander Haslam

S. Alexander Haslam is Professor of Psychology and Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland. His research focuses on the study of group and social identity processes in social, organizational, health and sport contexts.

In May 2017, Alexander was awarded the British Psychological Society's Presidents' Award.

Interview: Alex Haslam on Teams and Trump Craig McGarty, School of Social Sciences and Psychology Western Sydney University. Craig McGarty is a social and political psychologist whose main work is on intergroup relations especially social identity, collective action, group-based emotions and stereotype formation. He worked for 16 years at ANU where he was Head of the School of Psychology before moving to Murdoch University in 2007 to become Director of the Centre for Social and Community Research and then to become Director for the Social Research Institute. In 2014 he moved to Western Sydney University as Professor of Psychology serving as Head of the Psychology Discipline from 2015-2017.
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