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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (6 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013205163X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132051637
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 19 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology is the third volume in a trilogy. It covers quantitative and qualitative approaches, includes detailed treatment of professional issues such as ethics, and gives insights into detailed aspects of professional research awareness rarely discussed with students.

This is a detailed, practical and modern book that is excellent value for money. In its own right, it is a book many should seriously consider as a core text, but it is even more impressive when seen as the final volume of a trilogy.

John Hegarty, Head of Psychology, Keele University
Times Higher Education Supplement, 2nd December 2005

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology, second edition, provides a clear, comprehensive and innovative coverage of quantitative and qualitative research methods for psychology students throughout their studies.

The research process is broken down into manageable steps to equip students with the skills to ask intelligent research questions, carry out a literature review, choose an appropriate research design, carry out data collection , and write up their findings.

The second edition includes extensive new material throughout and entirely new chapters on Thematic Analysis, Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), and practical examples of research reports.


Throughout the book, research examples are discussed which offer an insight into how research advances our understanding in areas such as forensic, social, educational, and abnormal psychology.


Resources including MCQs, ethical dilemmas, and roadmaps to help with test selection can be found at the accompanying website,



Dennis Howitt is Reader in Psychology and Duncan Cramer is Professor of Psychology at Loughborough University


"Excellent - very well written"

Professor Koen Lamberts, University of Warwick


"An excellent introductory text for research methods...very 'student-friendly'"

Dr Richard Trigg, Nottingham Trent University

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sinead on 16 Oct. 2005
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This book may be useful to a first year University student, but not beyond. I bought this book as a second year and found it very basic and didn't really tell me anything I didn't already know. The one useful thing it contained was advice on writing up a research report, going through the different sections and telling you what to include and what not to. However, this was also very limited and didn't give any examples of real papers or a 'perfect' paper which you can learn from. (As books such as Coolican's 'Research methods and statistics in Psychology' does.)
Overall, I would say only buy this book if you don't already know anything about research methods and you want a basic guide. There are much better ones on the market.
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