Research Methods in Psychological Science
Research Methods in Psychological Science

Research Methods in Psychological Science

Lead Author(s): Laura Freberg

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Research Methods in Psychological Science utilizes the power of interactivity to engage students in the principle approaches to research methodology. From getting started with research to applied research, this comprehensive textbook uses contemporary examples with easily accessible features such as embedded content and a wide array of questions.

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Laura Freberg et al., Research Methods for Psychological Science, Only one edition needed

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Stephen Lucas, Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences, 5th Edition

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Goodwin & Goodwin, Research in Psychology: Methods and Design, 7th Edition

McGraw-Hill

Cozby & Bates, Methods in Behavioral Research, 13th Edition

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Pricing

Average price of textbook across most common format

Top Hat

Laura Freberg et al., Research Methods for Psychological Science, Only one edition needed

Up to 40-60% more affordable

Lifetime access on any device

Cengage

Stephen Lucas, Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences, 5th Edition

$121.80

Hardcover print text only

Wiley

Goodwin & Goodwin, Research in Psychology: Methods and Design, 7th Edition

$99.29

Hardcover print text only

McGraw-Hill

Cozby & Bates, Methods in Behavioral Research, 13th Edition

$114.52

Hardcover print text only

Always up-to-date content, constantly revised by community of professors

Constantly revised and updated by a community of professors with the latest content

Top Hat

Laura Freberg et al., Research Methods for Psychological Science, Only one edition needed

Cengage

Stephen Lucas, Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences, 5th Edition

Wiley

Goodwin & Goodwin, Research in Psychology: Methods and Design, 7th Edition

McGraw-Hill

Cozby & Bates, Methods in Behavioral Research, 13th Edition

In-book Interactivity

Includes embedded multi-media files and integrated software to enhance visual presentation of concepts directly in textbook

Top Hat

Laura Freberg et al., Research Methods for Psychological Science, Only one edition needed

Cengage

Stephen Lucas, Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences, 5th Edition

Wiley

Goodwin & Goodwin, Research in Psychology: Methods and Design, 7th Edition

McGraw-Hill

Cozby & Bates, Methods in Behavioral Research, 13th Edition

Customizable

Ability to revise, adjust and adapt content to meet needs of course and instructor

Top Hat

Laura Freberg et al., Research Methods for Psychological Science, Only one edition needed

Cengage

Stephen Lucas, Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences, 5th Edition

Wiley

Goodwin & Goodwin, Research in Psychology: Methods and Design, 7th Edition

McGraw-Hill

Cozby & Bates, Methods in Behavioral Research, 13th Edition

All-in-one Platform

Access to additional questions, test banks, and slides available within one platform

Top Hat

Laura Freberg et al., Research Methods for Psychological Science, Only one edition needed

Cengage

Stephen Lucas, Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences, 5th Edition

Wiley

Goodwin & Goodwin, Research in Psychology: Methods and Design, 7th Edition

McGraw-Hill

Cozby & Bates, Methods in Behavioral Research, 13th Edition

About this textbook

Lead Authors

Laura Freberg, Ph.D.California Polytechnic State University

Laura Freberg received her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA and conducted her dissertation research at Yale University under the direction of Robert Rescorla. She is a Professor of Psychology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (teaching Introductory Psychology, Biological Psychology, and Sensation and Perception) and an instructor for Argosy University Online (teaching Research Methods, Cognitive Psychology, Sensation and Perception, Statistics, and Writing in Psychology). Laura is the author and co-author of two other textbooks: Discovering Behavioral Neuroscience (4th ed.) and Discovering Psychology: The Science of Mind (3rd ed.). Laura serves as the Archives and Bylaws Chair for the Society for Social Neuroscience and is on the Council of Representatives for the Western Psychological Association.

Contributing Authors

Clarissa ThompsonKent State University

Joe Simons-RudolphNorth Carolina State University

Donna WolosinSan Diego State University

Victor DuarteNorth Idaho College

Turkan OcalUniversity of Minnesota Duluth

Katherine AumerHawaii Pacific University

Inna KanevskySan Diego Community College District

Ashley Simons-RudolphNorth Carolina State University

Karen HolmesNorfolk State University

Paulina KuleszUniversity of Houston

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1) Multiple Choice: Simply click on the correct answer. There may be more than one correct answer, which is indicated with, "Select all of the above that apply."

Question 1.01 - Example Multiple Choice

From what language does the word "science" originate?

A

Latin

B

Greek

C

German

D

French


2) Word Answer: Type your answer into the appropriate box. Be careful with your spelling!

Question 1.02 - Example Word Answer

________ are sets of facts and relationships among facts that explain and predict natural phenomena.


3) Numeric Answer: These questions require an answer that is a number.

Question 1.03 - Example Numeric Question

There are _____ main categories of research questions.


4) Matching: Click on an item in the left-hand column, then click on its match in the right-hand column to align them.

Question 1.04 - Example Matching Question

Match the concept to its correct example.

Premise
Response
1

Scientific research

A

What is the nature of fraternity culture?

2

News story

B

How do rates of drinking vary between fraternity and non-fraternity members?


5) Click on Target: These questions will be accompanied by a picture. You must click on the correct part of the picture, usually an indicated "hotspot." Sometimes multiple clicks are allowed.

Question 1.05 - Example Click on Target Question

Click on the graph that shows a positive correlation.


6) Sorting: Click on an option and drag it into the proper order.

Question 1.06 - Example Sorting Question

Sort the following elements of peer review process in the order of occurrence.

A

Revising the article

B

Resubmitting the article

C

Sending the article to reviewers

D

Publishing the article


7) Discussion: This type of question is indicated in the top banner. Type your answer in the appropriate space below the question.  

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Why is it important to use a consistent writing style, such as that recommended by the APA Publication Manual (2010)?


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