Research Methods in Psychology

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Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13:

Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

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Reviewed by Rajiv Jhangiani, Instructor, Capilano University, on 10/10/2013.

The text is well organized and written, integrates excellent pedagogical features, and covers all of the traditional areas of the topic … read more



Reviewed by Moin Syed, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, on 6/11/2015.

The text is thorough in terms of covering introductory concepts that are central to experimental and correlational/association designs. I find the … read more



Reviewed by Alyssa Gibbons, Instructor, Colorado State University, on 1/8/2016.

This text covers everything I would consider essential for a first course in research methods, including some areas that are not consistently found … read more



Reviewed by Karen Pikula, Psychology Instructor PhD, Central Lakes College, on 1/8/2016.

The text covers all the areas and ideas of the subject of research methods in psychology for the learner that is just entering the field. The authors … read more



Reviewed by Abbey Dvorak, Assistant Professor, University of Kansas, on 8/22/2016.

The text includes basic, essential information needed for students in an introductory research methods course. In addition, the text includes three … read more



Reviewed by Joel Malin, Assistant Professor, Miami University, on 8/22/2016.

This textbook covers all or nearly all of what I believe are important topics to provide an introduction to research methods in psychology. One minor … read more



Reviewed by Sarah Allred, Associate Professor, Rutgers University, Camden, on 2/9/2017.

Mixed. For some topics, there is more (and more practical) information than in most textbooks. I appreciated the very practical advice to students … read more



Reviewed by Shannon Layman, Lecturer, University of Texas at Arlington, on 4/12/2017.

The sections in this textbook are overall more brief than in previous Methods texts that I have used. Sometimes this brevity is helpful in terms of … read more



Reviewed by Meghan Babcock, Instructor, University of Texas at Arlington, on 4/12/2017.

This text includes all important areas that are featured in other Research Methods textbooks and are presented in a logical order. The text includes … read more



Reviewed by Pramit Nadpara, Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, on 4/12/2017.

The text book provides good information in certain areas, while not comprehensive information in other areas. The text provides practical … read more


Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: The Science of Psychology
  • Chapter 2: Getting Started in Research
  • Chapter 3: Research Ethics
  • Chapter 4: Theory in Psychology
  • Chapter 5: Psychological Measurement
  • Chapter 6: Experimental Research
  • Chapter 7: Nonexperimental Research
  • Chapter 8: Complex Research Designs
  • Chapter 9: Survey Research
  • Chapter 10: Single-Subject Research
  • Chapter 11: Presenting Your Research
  • Chapter 12: Descriptive Statistics
  • Chapter 13: Inferential Statistics

About the Book

Research Methods in Psychology is adapted from a work produced by a publisher who has requested that they and the original author not receive attribution. This adapted edition is produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing through the eLearning Support Initiative.

While Research Methods in Psychology is fairly traditional— making it easy for you to use with your existing courses — it also emphasizes a fundamental idea that is often lost on undergraduates: research methods are not a peripheral concern in our discipline; they are central.

The overarching goal of this textbook is to present the basics of psychological research methods — focusing on the concepts and skills that are most widely shared within the discipline — emphasizing both their centrality to our field and their contribution to our understanding of human behavior. The book will include several features that will help accomplish this overarching goal.

The Core Concepts: Dr. Price based his choices about content and terminology on the most influential original books and articles in the research methodology literature—as determined by an empirical analysis of the reference lists of secondary sources. He also relied on the Undergraduate Psychology Major Learning Goals and Outcomes document commissioned by the APA. Although many of the research methods outcomes in that document are addressed in all research methods textbooks (e.g., “Describe how various research designs address different types of questions and hypotheses”), others are rarely mentioned (e.g., “Recognize the limitations of applying normative conclusions to individuals”).

The Examples: The text includes examples drawn from the entire range of contemporary psychology, including abnormal, clinical, and counseling psychology. Dr. Price also chose examples to show how psychological research has fundamentally changed what we believe to be true about human behavior (for example, in the area of eyewitness memory).

The Style: Dr. Price concentrated on making the style of this book both straightforward and engaging.

If you are looking for a new research methods textbook for your psychology course that has been used by "teachers" and is thorough in its content, you will find your book in Paul Price's Research Methods in Psychology.

About the Contributors


Unnamed Author received his B.A. in psychology from Washington University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Michigan. Since 1996 he has been a professor of psychology at California State University, Fresno—teaching research methods and statistics, along with courses in judgment and decision making, social cognition, and health psychology. Paul directs the Judgment and Reasoning Lab at California State University, Fresno. The research that he and his students conduct has been funded by the National Science Foundation and has resulted in numerous journal publications and conference presentations. Paul is also a regular peer reviewer for several professional journals and on the editorial board of the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making.