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.

Introduction to Research in Psychology


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After studying this chapter, students should be able to

  • List and describe common sources of belief and identify the likely source of example beliefs
  • Explain why psychology is a science and an art
  • List the steps of the critical thinking process
  • Describe the objectives of science and create examples of each
  • Describe the tenets of science and identify examples of each
  • Apply the steps of the scientific method to a problem
  • Describe the difference between a theory, a concept, and a hypothesis
  • Discuss the various reasons why scientists do research
  • Describe various approaches to research and classify research examples
  • List the steps in planning and doing research and generate a research topic from available sources

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