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“The writing style of the book is great. It is definitely non intimidating for students. The authors do a great job in the clarity and readability of the material.”

- Judy Correa Kaiser, Saint Ambrose University


It makes research design and statistics approachable and students are able to grasp the material well.”

- Deborah Ragin, Montclair State University


The writing style is enjoyable. The writers write like they are talking to a student. It is approachable and easy to understand. I have not seen this in other experimental psychology textbooks.”

- Rebecca Regeth, California University of Pennsylvania


“I love the writing style of this text. The subject level, the clarity of the arguments, the readability and interest is very appropriate the new investigators that this class prepares. The chapter organization presents a natural flow and development of the subject matter based on progression and relevance,”

- Own Johnson, Tennessee State University

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Randolph A. (Randy) Smith is Professor and Chair of Psychology at Lamar University. Randy completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Houston and PhD at Texas Tech University in experimental psychology (specialties in human learning/memory and statistics). Randy taught at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas for 26 years, chaired Kennesaw State University’s Psychology Department for four years, and became Chair of Lamar University’s Psychology Department in 2007. His professional work centers on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Randy served for 12 years as Editor of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s journal Teaching of Psychology and subsequently served as Editor of the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research.

 He has written several book chapters and articles and made numerous presentations dealing with varied aspects of teaching, applying social psychology to teaching, and assessment of teaching. He has worked with high school teachers grading AP exams since the test’s inception and has served as Faculty Advisor for TOPSS (Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools).  He is a member of the American Psychological Association (a Fellow of Divisions 1 and 2—General Psychology and Teaching) and a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. In 2006, Randy received the American Psychological Foundation’s Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award and the University System of Georgia Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award.


Stephen F. Davis is Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. Currently he is Visiting Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Texas Wesleyan University and Distinguished Guest Professor at Morningside College. In 2002–2003 he was the Knapp Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from Southern Methodist University and his PhD in experimental psychology from Texas Christian University. In 2007 he was awarded the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Morningside College. His research, which always includes student assistants, has investigated such diverse topics as academic dishonesty, learning versus grade orientation of students, Type A personality, the Impostor Phenomenon, and the behavioral effects of ingesting toxic metals. He is the author of more than 300 journal articles, 31 books, and more than 900 convention presentations.

 Steve’s teaching abilities have drawn acclaim on the national level. He has received the National Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award from the American Psychological Foundation and the Teaching Excellence Award from Division Two (Society for the Teaching of Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. His professional accomplishments also include serving as president of the Southwestern Psychological Association, the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, and Division Two of the American Psychological Association. He also served as the National President of Psi Chi (The National Honor Society in Psychology). He has been elected as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology.

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Good content, bad binding (Paperback) 31 Jan. 2014
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It got here on time and was the correct one for my class but the book itself doesn't hold up very well. I'm about half way through my class and I've had two of the pages fall out during normal use. I've glued them back in with super glue but still. This book needs to be made with a better binding so the pages don't fall out.
Easy to Read 26 Feb. 2014
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The chapters are easy to read and short enough to not get bored of. The order of the information in the book versus the lay out in the class does not match up. I suggest getting as far into it as possible before class starts if you take this course. Besides that, as far as textbooks go, this one is pleasant.
... book explains what to do in very simple and easy to follow steps 9 Feb. 2015
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This book explains what to do in very simple and easy to follow steps.
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This was the textbook for my wife's last class. 4 Aug. 2013
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I read it while she was taking the Research in Psychology course, and it was an easy read. The course used the book to support the instruction and not the other way around.
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Needed this book for a class, and bought it at a steal! 18 Jun. 2013
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My university required me to purchase the hard copy of this book; however, I bought this copy for a third of the cost they were charging. I'm very happy I came across it.
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