Introduction to Research Methods in
Psychology, 4th edition

By: Dennis Howitt & Duncan Cramer
September 2014
Pearson Education
Distributed by Trans-Atlantic Publications Inc.
ISBN: 9780273775058
508 Pages, Illustrated
$72.50 Paper Original


Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology, 4th edition is an essential introduction to research methods in psychology. With comprehensive coverage of both quantitative and qualitative methods as well as the ethical and legal realities of carrying out research, this is the ideal guide for students just beginning and those moving on to more advanced projects.

Part 1 The basics of research

1 The role of research in psychology

2 Aims and hypotheses in research

3 Variables, concepts and measures

4 The problems of generalisationn and decision-making in research: Chance findings and sample size

5 Research reports: The total picture

6 Examples of how to write research reports

7 The literature search

8 Ethics and data management in research

Part 2 Quantitative research methods

9 The basic laboratory experiment

10 Advanced experimental design

11 Cross-sectional or correlational research: Non-manipulation studies

12 Longitudinal studies

13 Sampling and population surveys

Part 3 Fundamentals of testing and measurement

14 Psychological tests: Their use and construction

15 Reliability and validity: Evaluating the value of tests and measures

16 Coding data

Part 4 Qualitative research methods

17 Why qualitative research?

18 Qualitative data collection

19 Transcribing language data: The Jefferson system

20 Thematic analysis

21 Grounded theory

22 Discourse analysis

23 Conversation analysis

24 Interpretative phenomenological analysis

25 Evaluating and writing up qualitative research

Part 5 Research for projects, dissertations and theses

26 Developing ideas for research