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Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods, 6th Edition

The author presents the material with sufficient elaboration, explanation, and examples that not only interest the student, but make it understandable.

Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods incorporates the four basic approaches to behavioral research (descriptive research, correlational research, experimental research, and quasi-experimental research), and shows students how to conceptualize questions, measure variables, design studies, and analyze data.  Chapters on research ethics and scientific writing (including the most recent version of APA style) round out the book. Throughout each chapter, boxes on “Developing Your Research Skills” and “Behavioral Research Case Study” provide practical examples and pique student interest.


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  • Engage Students — The text is designed to make research methods understandable, useful, and interesting for students.
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From the Back Cover

Research Methodology is not an inherently interesting topic. This book counteracts the natural tendency to shy away from research with an understandable, palatable, useful, and interesting, and above all, readable attempt to explain research methods.Knowing proper research methodology comes from an understanding of basic statistical principles, research design, measurement, descriptive studies, and scientific writing. This book addresses each subject section by section to enhance conceptual learning rather than regurgitation of calculations.

For anyone who needs to learn proper research methodology in psychology, social work, teaching, or public relations. –This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Mark R. Leary, Ph. D., Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, received his B.A. from West Virginia Wesleyan College (1976) and his doctorate from the University of Florida (1980). He taught at Denison University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Wake Forest University before moving to Duke.  Dr. Leary’s research and writing focus on social motivation and emotion, areas in which he has published more than 150 scholarly articles and chapters.  Dr. Leary is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Association for Psychological Science, as well as a member of the International Association for Relationship Research and the International Society for Self and Identity.  Dr. Leary was the founding editor of Self and Identity, a new scholarly journal, and served for nine years as Associate Editor of the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.  He has also served on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Personality, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Personality and Social Psychology Review, and Emotion.

Don’t listen to people who claim that this book is boring – this book is brilliant, and as entertaining as this topic can possibly be made to be. There are comics and cartoons all over the place (not just randomly, but ones that are actually appropriate to the topics being written about), incredibly interesting studies are used as examples and references throughout the text, and if you are even the least bit interested in research methods then you will find this book to be straightforward, logical, and informative. Three things that VERY few psychology textbooks are. Having read this I actually had a better grasp of the content, not just a larger vocabulary of terms I didn’t understand but that I could vomit out at people to shut them up and make myself look smart. I actually LEARNED having read this, and actually LEARNED the terms discussed, and am GRATEFUL to the author for having taken the time to create a textbook that is actually educational. My only beef with it is how much it costs, but I can hardly fault the book for that.

Product Details :

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 6 edition (August 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205203981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205203987
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches

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