Higher Education

Research Methods in Psychology, 9th Edition

  • David G. Elmes Washington and Lee University
  • Barry H. Kantowitz University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Henry L. Roediger, III Washington University in St. Louis
  • ISBN-10: 1111350744  |  ISBN-13: 9781111350741
  • 480 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 2003, 1999
  • © 2012 | Published
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Using contemporary examples from primary sources, RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY, Ninth Edition, encourages students to become engaged in the basics of scientific investigation through an example-based approach. This text displays the authors' commitment to ensuring that the student has a thorough understanding of the research process from the very beginning. Highly readable, it avoids the heavy statistical tone that some introductory students find difficult to understand. Rather, it is conceptually driven to offer students a big picture view of the experimental approach to research. Empirical examples and applications are consistently used throughout to foster critical-thinking skills. In many chapters, a unifying empirical example at the beginning of the chapter is cited throughout the chapter to help clarify terms or design problems. By presenting concepts with concrete examples, the text aids students in applying related ideas to their areas of research interest.

Features and Benefits

  • Revisions in this edition are in response to comments from students, professors, and reviewers, as well as the authors' own changing ideas in teaching the research methods course.
  • The authors have increased their coverage of qualitative research in response to the growing prevalence of this type of research.
  • Pedagogical features appearing in each chapter are designed to improve comprehension and enhance student interest.
  • The "Opening Page" provides a summary of the upcoming chapter, alerts students to important concepts, and provides a convenient aid for review. The "Overview" introduces the core material being covered.
  • "Concept Summaries" appear at the end of each major section, highlighting important concepts and providing students with study and review.
  • "Application" sections demonstrate how some of the concepts discussed in the chapter can be used outside of the laboratory setting.
  • End-of-chapter features include a Summary, a list of Key Concepts, thought-provoking student Exercises, and Suggested Resources, which includes Web addresses for important links to research in psychology.
  • Most chapters conclude with a "Psychology in Action" section, which presents a project for students, developed by the authors, to further students' interest in scientific psychology.

Table of Contents

1. Basics of Scientific Psychology.
2. Explanation in Scientific Psychology.
3. Exploring the Literature of Psychology.
4. Conducting Ethical Research.
5. Observations in Psychology.
6. Relational Research.
7. Basics of Experimentation.
8. Validity and Reliability in Psychological Research.
9. Experimental Design.
10. Complex Design.
11. Small-n Design.
12. Quasi Experiments.
13. Interpreting the Results of Research.
14. Presenting Research Results.

What's New

  • The title of Chapter 1, "Overview of Psychological Research," reflects the chapter's intent to provide a broad picture of what is involved in a research project. In addition to many new references and updated Web resources, there is an increased emphasis on how understanding the research process benefits the student.
  • Chapter 2, "Explanation in Scientific Psychology," includes new work on the philosophy of science. New topics include abduction as an approach to deriving theories and the notion of a satisfactory theory.
  • A new article on happiness is used to guide novice readers through the reading process of a research article in chapter 3, "Exploring the Literature of Psychology."
  • Chapter 4 is now "Conducting Ethical Research." This chapter features new aspects of research on animals, and it also has and expanded discussion on the role of Institutional Review Boards on determining ethical practice.
  • Chapter 5, "Observations in Psychological Research," includes an update of work in ethology, as well as a discussion of the role of environmental chemicals on child development.
  • "Relational Research," Chapter 6, still focuses on contingency and correlational research, but now includes more discussion of regression in the context of the predictors of using weapons in cases of domestic violence.
  • "Validity and Reliability in Psychological Research," Chapter 8, now includes a discussion of a meta-analysis concerned with whether group psychotherapy works for older adult clients.
  • Chapter 14, "Presenting Research Results," is completely updated to follow the latest APA style manual. A new article concerned with positive self-statements illustrates the latest style.

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Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1111352216 | ISBN-13: 9781111352219)

The Instructor's Manual contains resources designed to streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation. For each chapter, the IMTB offers the following features: summary; outline; "New to this edition" information; definitions of key terms; answers to in-text exercises; lecture/discussion topics (including references to the Langston "Research Methods Laboratory Manual for Psychology" and the Wadsworth Statistics and Research Methods workshops http://psychology.wadsworth.com/workshops/ where appropriate); "Experimental Dilemma" hypothetical research scenarios; multiple-choice questions, five of which are available on the Book Companion Website; true/false questions; essay questions; and suggested websites for exploration and further information.

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Research Methods Laboratory Manual for Psychology  (ISBN-10: 0495811181 | ISBN-13: 9780495811183)

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RESEARCH METHODS LABORATORY MANUAL FOR PSYCHOLOGY is a one-of-a-kind solution for research methods classes. Experiments found within the text and on the CD-ROM cover such topics as the Stroop Effect, gender pronouns, and mood and perception, allowing you to experience research methods hands-on while focusing you on the asking and answering of interesting questions, rather than on the actual tracking down of materials.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

David G. Elmes

David G. Elmes is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Washington and Lee University, where he taught for forty years. He earned his B.A. with high honors from the University of Virginia and completed the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology there. Dr. Elmes was an adjunct professor at Hampden-Sydney College, a research associate for a year in the Human Performance Center of the University of Michigan, and a Visiting Fellow of University College at the University of Oxford. At Washington and Lee, he co-directed the Cognitive Science Program and chaired the Department of Psychology for ten years. Professor Elmes edited READINGS IN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY and DIRECTORY OF RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY AT PRIMARILY UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTIONS, and is coauthor of RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY (Cengage, 2012, with B. H. Kantowitz and H. L. Roediger III).

Barry H. Kantowitz

Barry H. Kantowitz is Professor of Psychology, Professor of Industrial and Operational Engineering, and Director of the Transportation Research Institute at the University of Michigan. He has written and edited more than a dozen books. His research on human attention, mental workload, reaction time, human-machine interaction, and human factors has all been supported by the Office of Education, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He is co-author of EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, Eighth Edition (Wadsworth 2005).

Henry L. Roediger, III

Henry L. Roediger, III, is the James S. McDonnell University Professor of Psychology and Dean of Academic Planning in Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, where he has taught since 1996. He received a B.A. in psychology from Washington and Lee University and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University. He has taught at Rice University, Purdue University, and the University of Toronto. His research interests lie in cognitive psychology, particularly in human learning and memory. Dr. Roediger has published more than 250 articles and chapters and has authored or edited 10 other books, including RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY, 9th Edition (Cengage, 2012).