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Research in Psychology: Methods and Design [Hardcover]

C. James Goodwin

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24 Aug 2007 0471763837 978-0471763833 5th Edition
Designed to give readers a clear understanding of how experimental psychologists think and introduce them to variety of research methods they use in their attempts to understand behavior. Thoroughly revised to include all the important new developments in research methodologies, and incorporating engaging and relevant examples from recent studies, this book will provide the reader with a thorough grounding in Psychological research methods and practices.

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How do experimental psychologists think? How do they acquire psychological knowledge? What methods do they use in their efforts to understand behavior? You’ll find a clear, lucid source of answers to these questions in C. James Goodwin’s Research in Psychology: Methods and Design, Fifth Edition. In lively prose that conveys the joys and excitement of the science, this book gives you insight into the essential nature of experimental psychology and a solid grounding in its methods and practices. Maintaining the reader–friendly accessibility of the book’s popular previous editions, Goodwin shows you how to look at the world like an experimental psychologist, develop research ideas and hypotheses, design studies and carry them out, and analyze results and draw reasoned conclusions from them. Thoroughly updating his text with the important new developments in research methodologies and fascinating examples from recent studies, Goodwin introduces you to: The history of experimental psychology The various methods in the psychologist’s toolkit, including non–experimental ones such as correlational research, quasi–experimental designs, applied research, and program evaluation The ethical dimensions of research Using psychology’s most important electronic database—PsycINFO Preparing an APA–style research report A step–by–step approach and an array of study aids—including self–tests, review questions, applications exercises, and detailed examples of actual research studies — help you hone your grasp of the material. Best of all, while the text puts experimental methods first, its modular organization allows for flexible arrangement to suit the reader or instructor. 

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C. James Goodwin is a Professor at Western Carolina University .

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5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly interesting read 19 Feb 2010
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My copy itself came in fine quality. And while it might be a bit beside the point (since I doubt anyone buying this book is doing so for pleasure reading), the book itself is actually surprisingly amusing to read. Considering it's a textbook on how to create psychological tests and calculate the resulting results and statistics (perhaps the dryest material possible to write about), it's actually fairly easy to read and comprehend. The author speaks personably, sometimes even referring to himself in the first-person, and uses great examples. It almost felt like he was sitting there explaining it to me one-on-one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference Text... 3 Jun 2008
By A. Plawsiuk - Published on
I used this textbook in my Research Methods course. It has clear explanations backed up by many examples. Very helpful! I'll be using it over and over as a reference in further research!
3.0 out of 5 stars Boring and dense 7 Nov 2013
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This was more dense a read than many other books I was required to read for college courses. Wouldn't recommend it unless it's on the required reading list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy 18 Dec 2011
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This book came quickly and just as it was described. There were no surprises. Clean pages, good binding, it did the job!
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