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Designing and Reporting Experiments (Open Guides to Psychology) [Hardcover]

Peter Harris
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1 Dec 1986 0335153348 978-0335153343
This book will help undergraduate psychology students to write practical reports of experimental and other quantitative studies in psychology. It is designed to help with every stage of the report writing process including what to put in each section and recommendations for formatting and style. It also discusses how to design a study, including how to use and report relevant statistics. As such, the book acts both as an introduction and reference source to be used throughout an undergraduate course.

Key features of the new edition include:

  • New pedagogy. Website icons within the text reference an enhanced website,, and ‘Common Mistake’ icons highlight common errors students should avoid. Statistics icons make reference to two key statistics books* where students can find more detailed information. A further icon indicates the presence of relevant commentary at the end of the book for more advanced students
  • Discussion of how to write up different forms of quantitative study and report relevant statistics
  • Improved self-testing. There are diagnostic questions (with answers at the end of the book) as well as fifty self-assessment questions within the text to aid student learning. Chapters in part two contain a list of methodological and statistical concepts covered that will help students to consolidate their knowledge
  • A completely revised section on how to find and cite references plus current information on how to cite electronic references, incorporating the new APA guidelines
  • Advice on the ethics of conducting research on the Internet
* The statistics books referenced are SPSS Survival Manual 3/e by Julie Pallant and Learning to Use Statistical Tests in Psychology 3/e by Judith Greene and Manuela d’Oliveira, both published by Open University Press. However, this book is designed for use with any statistics textbook.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press (1 Dec 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0335153348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335153343
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book is very well written...I think that the new, more advanced material will increase its usefulness to students at a later level in their undergraduate studies...In fact, it is brimming with good advice." - David Clark-Carter, Staffordshire University "It is friendly, accessible and a text which students can turn to when they are in trouble late at night...students should find this text a trusty and reliable friend which will stand by them as they labour through their reports." - Hugh Coolican, Coventry University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Peter Harris is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sheffield. Previously, he has worked at the universities of Sussex, Hertfordshire and Nottingham. He collaborates with colleagues at the universities of British Columbia, Pittsburgh and Maastricht. His principal research interests are in social and health psychology. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars clear and concise 26 Feb 2001
By rit
This book offers a clear and concise guide to anyone who needs to put across an experiment. As a psychology student I found it an essential guide to let me know what to focus on and what not to agonise over! A top buy.
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This book is excellent. It really helped me to write a Psychology level 2 asignment, which I gained a brilliant mark for. Very useful for people who have trouble with quantitative reports and find them very boring. Also very useful in helping to understand statistical outcomes from SPSS. The book goes over everything from Level 1 and I'm sure will help me in my dissertation!
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Clearly set out guidelines to help all new Psychology students get over the fear of writing that first lab. report.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 21 May 2012
By Sammy
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Book recommended by a friend, have use the book to help with a report for psychology. Found it very usefulwith the various stages expalaining step by step how to go about setting out the report.
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5.0 out of 5 stars useful 2 April 2014
By abii.
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I'm currently in my 2nd year of a Psychology & Criminology degree and ordered this book at the beginning of the year and it has been the most useful book I have purchased. I can't believe the university didn't recommend us to buy it. The book has all the steps for analysing data and how to do it as well as how to correctly write it up for your report. The book is a nice small size and fits easily into a bag without adding too much weight and the online guide is really useful as it gives you more detail and saves you carrying a huge book around everywhere. I really wish I'd had this book during my first year, a definite recommend for psychology students!
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Arrived in excellent condition and in good time for my daughter to return to university to continue her Psychology degree.
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