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Research Methods: Core Concepts and Skills for Psychology

Version 2.0
By Paul C. Price

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  • Examples drawn from the entire range of contemporary psychology, including abnormal, clinical, and counseling psychology
  • Content and terminology influenced by leading original books and articles in the research methodology literature—as determined by an empirical analysis of the reference lists of secondary sources
  • Incorporated concepts from the Undergraduate Psychology Major Learning Goals and Outcomes document commissioned by the APA
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This textbook is suitable for the following courses: Research Methods in Psychology and Experimental Psychology

While Research Methods: Core Concepts and Skills for 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.

New in This Version

  • All external links updates and new links added
  • Several new "callouts" on a variety of interesting and useful topics
  • Eliminated tables of critical values and new focus on using p value calculators
  • Added new "Chapter 14: The Big Picture" with a focus on concerns about traditional research practices, their effect on the reliability of research results, and meta-analysis and open science movement as ways to address concerns
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Paul C. Price California State University - Fresno

Paul C. Price (PhD University of Michigan) is Professor of Psychology at California State University, Fresno and previously taught at the University of Michigan. Among the courses he teaches regularly are an introduction to the psychology major, statistics, research methods, and health psychology. His overarching goal as a teacher is to help students learn to think carefully and critically about human behavior, and to show them that doing so can be fun. Paul's research is in the areas of judgment and reasoning, including likelihood and risk judgment, social judgment (especially comparative social judgment), and basic quantitative reasoning.

Errata & Additions

  • In Section 11.3, under the "Professional Conferences" call out box, changed the link for "Undergraduate Research Conferences in Psychology" to the following:
  • In Section 14.2 in the "Exercise" at the end of the section: Added "and" between "meta-analysis" and "try" in the first sentence.
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