Understanding Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology

Understanding Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology

By: Helen Gavin (author)Paperback

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Understanding and applying research methods and statistics in psychology is one of the corner stones of study at undergraduate level. To enable all undergraduate psychology students to carry out their own investigations the textbook covers basic and advanced qualitative and quantitative methods and follows a sequential structure starting from first principles to more advanced techniques. Accompanied by a companion website, the textbook: - Grounds all techniques to psychological theory relating each topic under discussion to well established pieces of research - Can be used by the student at beginning and more advanced undergraduate level - therefore a `one-stop' shop - Includes a creative and practical selection of heuristic devices that cement knowledge of the techniques and skills covered in the textbook

About Author

Helen Gavin is Principal Lecturer in Criminal Psychology at the University of Huddersfield, having previously been Head of Psychology at two universities. She teaches criminal, forensic and investigative psychology, as well as advanced research methods, to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Her research is primarily in the criminal psychology field, examining crimes of a sexual and violent nature. She is currently collaborating with researchers and practitioners across the UK and in the USA, Canada, Pakistan and Eastern Europe, concerned with projects in female aggression, non-apprehended offenders and issues concerning policing. She has a number of research students, some of whom are investigating domestic violence in hidden populations, characteristics of homicide, incarcerated sex offenders, sexual deviancy and disgust responses, criminal youth in Libya, and psychopathy in women. Helen heads up a research group in Sex, Violence and Aggression, whose members are based within the university and worldwide, with the aim to add to the body of knowledge about crime and violence. Previous books include Understanding Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (Sage), The Essence of Cognitive Psychology (Prentice-Hall), Sex Drugs and Rock & Roll: Psychological, Legal, and Cultural Examinations of Sex and Sexuality (ID-Net Press). She has also contributed chapters to over a dozen edited books, and published widely in forensic and medical journals. Helen feels that studying criminal psychology can make one lose a sense of perspective, so she also studies cultural issues such as music and fairy tales, both of which, she has discovered, have a dark side.


PART ONE: FIRST EXPLORATIONS The Range of Research Ethics in Research Some Shocking Cases Some Basic Concepts in Psychological Research PART TWO: BEGINNING QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH Using Numbers to Describe Behaviour Inferential Statistics Why and What? Simple Experimental Designs Being Watched Single Factorial Designs The Levels of Processing Experiments Survey Research Who is afraid of Crime? Correlational Designs The Poor Relation? PART THREE: COMPLEX QUANTITATIVE DESIGNS Factorial Designs with More than One Factor A Closer Look at Memory Multivariate Statistics Complex Correlational Designs and Analysis Stats Can Be Murder PART FOUR: BEGINNING QUALITATIVE RESEARCH Theory in Qualitative Research Designing Qualitative Research PART FIVE: COMPLEX QUALITATIVE RESEARCH Interviews and Focus Groups Participant Observation Girls, Gangs and Aggression Thematic Analysis Discourse Analysis Power and Control Evaluation Research PART SIX: COMMUNICATION OF RESEARCH Communicating Research

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781412934428
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 424
  • ID: 9781412934428
  • ISBN10: 1412934427

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