Your hands-on introduction to research methods in psychology Looking for an easily accessible overview of research methods in psychology? This is the book for you Whether you need to get ahead in class, you're pressed for time, or you just want a take on a topic that's not covered in your textbook, Research Methods in Psychology For Dummies has you covered. Written in plain English and packed with easy-to-follow instruction, this friendly guide takes the intimidation out of the subject and tackles the fundamentals of psychology research in a way that makes it approachable and comprehensible, no matter your background. Inside, you'll find expert coverage of qualitative and quantitative research methods, including surveys, case studies, laboratory observations, tests and experiments--and much more. Serves as an excellent supplement to course textbooks Provides a clear introduction to the scientific method Presents the methodologies and techniques used in psychology research Written by the authors of Psychology Statistics For Dummies If you're a first or second year psychology student and want to supplement your doorstop-sized psychology textbook--and boost your chances of scoring higher at exam time--this hands-on guide breaks down the subject into easily digestible bits and propels you towards success.
From the Back Cover Learn to: Understand the scientific method Design a research study Conduct surveys, case studies, tests, experiments, and more Interpret data Don't be stumped by research methods--let this book help! Need an overview of psychology research methods that's more approachable than your textbook? This plain-English guide explains research fundamentals and methodologies in easily digestible bites, helping you understand surveys, case studies, laboratory observations, tests and experiments, and much more. You'll find it pays off at exam time, too! Understand the basics -- explore what different research methods accomplish and the importance of reliability, validity, and ethical studies Designing for validity -- examine different survey and experimental designs and understand how to develop them to support validity It's qualitative -- discover how to approach qualitative research using the method of thematic analysis and explore some specific techniques What to do with the results -- get guidelines for reporting your research results and learn to prepare a written report and a conference presentation Prepare a proposal -- find out what goes into a research proposal and how to develop one, write it up, and create a research protocol Open the book and find: Common research methods How to maintain scientific integrity Tips on designing questionnaires Secrets of successful small experiments Principles used in analysing qualitative data Ways to manage anxiety during a conference presentation How to calculate sample size Ten common mistakes and how to avoid them