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Psychology Research Methods - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128156803, 9780128156810

Psychology Research Methods

1st Edition

A Writing Intensive Approach

Author: Elizabeth Brondolo
Paperback ISBN: 9780128156803
eBook ISBN: 9780128156810
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 25th April 2021
Page Count: 556
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Psychology Research Methods: A Writing Intensive Approach provides instruction in critical concepts and processes in behavioral science research methods and skills in formulating and writing research papers. The book creates an experiential approach to learning, with chapters organized around the task of writing a complete APA-style research paper.

The chapters consist of instructional text, excerpts from published research articles, and learning activities. The reading activities help students develop skills in reading scientific research, evaluating and analyzing scientific information, and assembling evidence to make a scientific argument. The writing activities help students to break down the process of writing a research paper into manageable and meaningful components. As students complete the chapter activities, they assemble their research paper.

The book teaches research methods in a clinical context, inspired by the National Institute of Health’s Science of Behavior Change Program. Students acquire knowledge about research methods as they read research articles about behavioral health disorders, including studies about their prevalence, causes, and treatment. Teaching research methods with a clinical focus helps students appreciate the value of psychological research.

Psychology Research Methods: A Writing Intensive Approach provides instruction in critical concepts and processes in behavioral science research methods and skills in formulating and writing research papers. The book creates an experiential approach to learning, with chapters organized around the task of writing a complete APA-style research paper.

The chapters consist of instructional text, excerpts from published research articles, and learning activities. The reading activities help students develop skills in reading scientific research, evaluating and analyzing scientific information, and assembling evidence to make a scientific argument. The writing activities help students to break down the process of writing a research paper into manageable and meaningful components. As students complete the chapter activities, they assemble their research paper.

The book teaches research methods in a clinical context, inspired by the National Institute of Health’s Science of Behavior Change Program. Students acquire knowledge about research methods as they read research articles about behavioral health disorders, including studies about their prevalence, causes, and treatment. Teaching research methods with a clinical focus helps students appreciate the value of psychological research.

Psychology Research Methods: A Writing Intensive Approach provides instruction in critical concepts and processes in behavioral science research methods and skills in formulating and writing research papers. The book creates an experiential approach to learning, with chapters organized around the task of writing a complete APA-style research paper.

The chapters consist of instructional text, excerpts from published research articles, and learning activities. The reading activities help students develop skills in reading scientific research, evaluating and analyzing scientific information, and assembling evidence to make a scientific argument. The writing activities help students to break down the process of writing a research paper into manageable and meaningful components. As students complete the chapter activities, they assemble their research paper.

The book teaches research methods in a clinical context, inspired by the National Institute of Health’s Science of Behavior Change Program. Students acquire knowledge about research methods as they read research articles about behavioral health disorders, including studies about their prevalence, causes, and treatment. Teaching research methods with a clinical focus helps students appreciate the value of psychological research.

Key Features

  • Teaches knowledge and skills through brief didactic presentations
  • Includes individual and group activities to support close reading of scientific papers
  • Guides the reader in the construction of arguments for a research proposal
  • Engages readers in learning the methods required to select research participants, choose measurement strategies, identify appropriate research designs, and address threats to internal and external validity
  • Encourages the development of conscientious and engaged peer reviewers
  • Fosters the development of an ethical and collaborative approach to research

Readership

Students in psychology research methods courses, post-docs, and early career researchers

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Part 1
Public health significance

2. The building blocks of research: Application to public health significance
3. From building blocks to building hypothesis-testing research
4. Public health significance: Finding the evidence
5. Public health significance: A focus on populations and sampling
6. Writing the public health significance section

Part 2
Theory of the problem


7. Theory of the problem: Understanding risk factors and mechanisms
8. Theory of the problem: Understanding research designs
9. Theory of the problem: Understanding research results
10. Writing the Theory of the Problem

Part 3
Theory of the solution


11. Theory of the solution: Understanding psychological treatments
12. Theory of the solution: Understanding research design for treatment outcome studies
13. Theory of the solution: Identifying gaps in knowledge
14. Writing the theory of the solution

Part 4
Methods

15. Methods: Participant selection and ethical considerations
16. Methods: Measuring variables
17. Methods: Procedures for study implementation and protection of internal validity
18. Writing about research methods

Details

No. of pages:
556
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2021
Published:
25th April 2021
Imprint:
Academic Press
Paperback ISBN:
9780128156803
eBook ISBN:
9780128156810

About the Author

Elizabeth Brondolo

Dr. Brondolo is an established, funded researcher for the past 25 years. She has served as a permanent member of several NIH-Center for Scientific Review study sections, providing me with extensive experience in reviewing of research proposals. She reviews papers for many journals and is on the editorial board of 2 journals and is a consulting editor on another. Serving as a reviewer of grants and research papers has provided her with extensive experience in evaluating research. Dr Brondolo has gained insight into the types of scientific arguments and methods that are necessary to build good research. She has been teaching research methods to undergraduates and supervising graduate student research (for masters and dissertations) for 26 years, and to medical residents for 8 years.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Psychology, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. John's University, Queens, NY, USA

Reviews

"Psychology Research Methods is a unique undergraduate research methods book that provides practical tools and exercises for students to develop competencies conducting psychological research. Its writing intensive approach ensures that students actively develop research and writing skills that will support them beyond their undergraduate training. I especially appreciate that this book does not merely present the concepts and theory that undergird psychological research; it immerses students in the research process itself. I look forward to integrating these materials into my own courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels." -- Chad Danyluck, Assistant Professor in Health Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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