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The Process of Research in Psychology


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PART I. OVERVIEW OF THE RESEARCH PROCESS FROM START TO FINISH 1. Psychological Research: The Whys and Hows of the Scientific Method 2. Hypothesis Development: Where Research Questions Come From 3. How Psychologists Use the Scientific Method: Data Collection Techniques and Research Designs 4. Measurement Issues in Research 5. Ethical Guidelines for Psychological Research 6. Sampling 7. Summarizing and Interpreting Data: Using Statistics 8. Reporting Research PART II. THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF RESEARCH METHODS AND ANALYSIS 9. The Nuts and Bolts of Survey Research 10. The Nuts and Bolts of Correlational Studies 11. The Nuts and Bolts of Experiments 12. The Nuts and Bolts of Quasi-Experiments 13. The Nuts and Bolts of Other Specialized Designs 14. The Nuts and Bolts of Using Statistics

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Dawn M. McBride is a professor of psychology at Illinois State University, where she has taught research methods since 1998. Her research interests include automatic forms of memory, false memory, prospective memory, and forgetting. In addition to research methods, she teaches courses in introductory psychology, cognition and learning, and human memory, and a graduate course in experimental design. She is a recipient of the Illinois State University Teaching Initiative Award and the ISU SPA/Psi Chi Jim Johnson Award for commitment to undergraduate mentorship, involvement, and achievement. Her nonacademic interests include spending time with her family, traveling, watching Philadelphia sports teams (her place of birth), and reading British murder mysteries. She earned her PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of California, Irvine, and her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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