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Discovering Research Methods in Psychology - a Student's Guide


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Acknowledgements 1. Introduction and How To Use This Book 2. Ethics 3. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Experiment -- A Randomised Controlled Trial 4. Music and Stress Experiment -- A Matched Pairs Design 5. Competitive Anxiety Experiment -- A Repeated Measures Design 6. Change Blindness Experiment -- A Single Sample Design 7. Acoustic Preferences Experiment -- A Programme of Experiments ? Animal Studies 8. Cognitive Costs of Racial Prejudice Experiment -- Unrelated Three-Factor Design Between Groups and Between Conditions 9. Mate-Selection Strategies Experiment -- A Mixed Two-Factor Design Within and Between Groups 10. The Autistic Spectrum Structured Observation 11. Cognitive Maps Clinical/Laboratory Observation 12. Eating Disorders and the Media Observation ? Quantitative Content Analysis 13. Eating Disorders: The Experience Observation ? Qualitative Content Analysis 14. Face Recognition Observation -- Clinical Case Study 15. Choices and Decisions Survey Methods -- Quantitative Questionnaire 16. Measuring Romance Survey Methods ? Scale Development 17. Paranoia Survey Methods -- Interview 18. Understanding Heavy Drinking Survey Methods ? Quantitative and Qualitative 19. Attributing Success and Failure Cross-Cultural Study ? Mixed Methods 20. Contrasting the Methods Key Topics BPS Ethical Principles for Conducting Research with Human Participants Glossary References Index

About the Author

Lalage Sanders is Principal Lecturer at the Cardiff School of Health Science, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, U.K. She has authored more than 40 publications relating to lifestyle psychology and higher education research. She is also an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Health Psychologist, a Chartered Scientist, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Society. She co-edited Ambulatory Anaesthesia and Sedation: Impairment and Recovery, an example of how psychological research methods can be used in applied settings. She has been teaching research methods and statistics to university students since 1991.


"A practical and easy-to-read "how to" guide for all psychology students, especially those new to the field of experimental design and research methods. By teaching research methods via real life examples from current published literature, this book gives students a fresh look at the diversity of research. A must-have for all students just starting out on their psychology career paths." ?Claudia Dougall, second year Experimental Psychology student, University of Bristol "This is a resource that will help combat research-methods teaching fatigue for both students and teachers alike." ?Jason Ellis, Associate Director of University of Glasgow Sleep Centre "The attractive material in this innovative text guarantees that, from now on, the hours spent teaching and learning Research Methods will be a relaxed and enjoyable experience." ?Cris Izura, Swansea University "In this book, Dr Sanders manages to deliver everything in an easy and approachable way. The book is clearly structured and attractively written and covers all the material I need for my course." ?Peter Ivak, second year Psychology student, University of Aberdeen, UK "Lalage Sanders? book, Discovering Research Methods in Psychology, is something rare amongst research methods textbooks. So few books manage to capture the curiosity and intellectual enjoyment that some of us experience when reading and critically assessing research articles. So few authors really put research into context, and even fewer write in a style that can excite and reach out to the student. Dr Sanders writes enthusiastically and vibrantly, and produces something thoroughly worth reading. This book is an excellent vehicle for anyone who needs convincing why the seemingly dry concepts we have thrust upon us are totally essential to our world." ?Dr Mark Forshaw, Staffordshire University

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