Methods in Psychological Research introduces students to the rich world of research in psychology through student-friendly writing, compelling real-world examples, and frequent opportunities for practice. Using a relaxed yet supportive tone that eases student anxiety, the authors present a mixture of conceptual and practical discussions, and spark reader interest in research by covering meaningful topics that resonate with today’s students. In-text features like Conceptual Exercises, FYI sections, and FAQ sections with accompanying visual cues support learning throughout the research experience. The Fourth Edition equips students with the tools they need to understand research concepts, conduct their own experiments, and present their findings.

Communicating in Psychology


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After studying this chapter, students should be able to

  • Compare scientific and literary writing; explain how to avoid plagiarism, sexist language, and stereotyping; and identify and correct common writing errors
  • Explain how a term paper differs from a literature review
  • List and describe each part of a research report
  • Describe how to deliver an effective oral presentation and how to create an effective poster

APA, Chicago, MLA! . . . First, we want to say that we sympathize with you. We know you are probably frustrated because professors of different courses have different writing and formatting styles that they expect you to follow. We also find this frustrating and wish everyone would use a consistent style, preferably APA, of course. But, sadly, this is not likely ...

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