Research Methods and Statistics provides a seamless introduction to the subject, identifying various research areas and analyzing how one can approach them statistically. The text provides a solid empirical foundation for undergraduate psychology majors, and prepares the reader to think critically, and evaluate psychological research and claims they might hear in the news or popular press. The text can be used in all statistics, methods and experimental psychology courses.
Bernard C. Beins is Professor of Psychology at Ithaca College, New York. He has been President-elect of the New England Psychological Association and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. Maureen A. McCarthy is Professor of Psychology and Dean of the College of Sciences and Humanities at Ball State University, Indiana.
Part I. Understanding Research: 1. Psychology, science, and life; Part II. The First Steps in Conducting Research: 2. Ethics in research; 3. Planning research: generating a question; 4. Practical issues in planning your research; 5. Organizing data with descriptive statistics; Part III. Creating Experiments: 6. Conducting an experiment: general principles; 7. Basic inferential statistics; 8. Looking for differences between two treatments; 9. Looking for differences among multiple treatments; 10. Multiple independent variables: factorial designs; Part IV. Correlational and Nonexperimental Research: 11. Principles of survey research; 12. Correlation, regression, and non-parametric tests; 13. Research in depth: longitudinal and single-case studies; Part V. Culture and Research: 14. People are different: considering cultural and individual differences in research.