The Practical Researcher: A Student Guide to Conducting Psychological Research

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Edition: 3rd
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Pub. Date: 2012-11-27
Publisher(s): Wiley-Blackwell
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Summary

The 2nd edition of Dunn's The Practical Researcher: A Student Guide to Conducting Psychological Research offers many new and enhance features and additions including a new section on fMRI/brain-imaging research and other non-invasive methods for measuring brain activity. The text offers updated online searching materials reviewed by reference librarians; updated sample references written in APA sty≤ new material on learning to identifying the embedded outline found in published APA style papers as a way to learn to outline papers; additional discussion of diary studies, "beeper" studies, and experience sampling methods. A new Preface and Acknowledgements is also included, as well as updated suggested references and at the end of each chapter. Furthermore, the text offers a brief section on the relation between statistical significance, effect size, and replication of results in light of the example of Bem's ESP research and information on using PowerPoint effectively. A few chapters include a rubric for helping plan and deliver oral presentations as well as revised and updated Exercises to reflect changes and additions to the earlier edition.

Author Biography

DANA S. DUNN earned his B.A. in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Virginia. Former chair of the Psychology Department and Philosophy Department at Moravian College, he is currently Assistant Dean for Special Projects and Professor of Psychology. The author or editor of 17 books and over 120 journal articles, chapters, and book reviews, his scholarship examines teaching, learning, and liberal education, as well as the social psychology of disability. A fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS), Dunn is a former president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Why and How of Psychological Research

Chapter 2: Research Approaches and Generating Ideas

Chapter 3: Searching and Reading the Psychological Literature

Chapter 4: Writing: A First and Last Consideration

Chapter 5: Ethical Considerations in the Practice Of Research

Chapter 6: Experimental Research

Chapter 7: Applied and Field Research: Non-experimental Approaches

Chapter 8: Planning Analysis and Displaying Data

Chapter 9: Presenting and Publishing Research

Chapter 10: Closing Thoughts and Future Directions

 

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