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The Psychology Research Handbook

The Psychology Research Handbook
A Guide for Graduate Students and Research Assistants

Second Edition

September 2005 | 536 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

From the Foreword:
“This volume has the potential to spark a lifelong love affair with the psychology research process. Of special value are a dozen chapters on topics typically missing from other texts, including cross-cultural research, dealing with journal editors and reviewers, conducting meta-analyses, and using archival data sets. In my opinion, this is the book of choice for introducing the psychology research process to students and research assistants. . . . Although this volume was developed for students, experienced researchers would find this volume to be a useful refresher course, capable of re-igniting their own initial delight with the inquiry process.”
—Anthony J. Marsella, Atlanta, Georgia  

The book that established itself as a standard text and reference work for students seeking to master research methods and procedures in psychology has been updated and revised in this new edition! The Second Edition of The Psychology Research Handbook: A Guide for Graduate Students and Research Assistants once again offers a comprehensive guide for understanding and conquering the entire research process. Editors Frederick T. L. Leong and James T. Austin have assembled a distinguished group of expert researchers who share skill sets accumulated as a result of years of practical exposure to the design, development, implementation, and documentation of research in psychology. The chapters in this volume follow the sequential flow of the research process—from research planning and design to data collection and analysis to results writing.  

New to the Second Edition:  

  • Provides six new chapters that cover research scripts, statistical power, multilevel analysis, computational modeling, program evaluation, and scale and test development
  • Addresses the effects of technology in each chapter to integrate the importance of the Internet and related technology in that particular domain
  • Includes Student Exercises to supplement the Recommended Readings and Reference lists at the end of each chapter  

The Psychology Research Handbook is the ideal textbook for graduate students studying advanced research methods in courses such as Research Methods in Psychology, Advanced Methods, Experimental Methods, Research Design and Methodology, Research Practicum, and Quantitative Research Design and Analysis in Psychology. It is also the perfect resource for research professionals as well as for individual research assistants in the midst of research projects.

Anthony Marsella
James T. Austin, Frederick T. L.
Douglas A. Hershey, Joy M. Jacobs-Lawson, Thomas L. Wilson
Research as a script
Frederick T. L. Leong, Douglas J. Muccio
Finding a research topic
Jeffrey Reed, Pam Baxter
Bibliographic research
Kathryn Oleson, Robert Arkin
Reviewing and evaluating a research article
James Altschuld, James Austin
Program evaluation: Concepts and Perspectives
Bruce Wampold
Designing a research study
Madonna Constantine, Joseph Ponterotto
Evaluating and selecting psychological measures for research purposes
Robert Goddard, Peter Villanova
Designing surveys and questionnaires for research
John Lounsbury, Lucy Gibson, Rich Saudargas
Scale development
William McCready
Applying sampling procedures
Brett Myors
Statistical power
Don Dell, Lyle Schmidt, Naomi Meara
Applying for approval to conduct research with human participants
Alan Vaux, Chad Briggs
Conducting mail & Internet surveys
Peter Chen, Yueng-hsiang Huang
Conducting telephone surveys
Steven Zaccaro, Meredith Cracraft, Michelle Marks
Collecting data in groups
David DiLalla, Stephen Dollinger
Cleaning up data and running preliminary analyses
Howard Pollio, T. R. Graves, Michael Arfken
Qualitative methods
Charles A.Scherbaum
A Basic guide to Statistical research and discovery: Planning and selecting statistical analyses
David Dickter
Basic statistical analyses
Lisa Steelman, Paul Levy
Using advanced statistics
Harris Cooper, Jorgianne Civey Robinson, Nancy Dorr
Conducting a meta-analysis
Barbara Zaitzow, Charles Fields
Archival data sets: Revisiting issues and considerations
Robert Calderón, James Austin
Writing in APA style: Why and how
Christopher Peterson
Writing rough drafts
Donna Nagata, Steven Trierweiler
Revising a research manuscript
Samuel Osipow
Dealing with journal editors and reviewers
Dennis Molfese & Colleagues
Coordinating a research team: Maintaining & developing a good working laboratory
David Chan
Multilevel research
Michael Zickar
Computational modeling
John Borkowski, Kimberly Howard
Applying for research grants
Kwok Leung, Fons Van de Vijver
Cross-cultural research methodology
Charles Gelso
Applying theories to research: The interplay of theory and research in science
Richard Petty
The research script: One researcher's view
About the Editors
About the Contributors

“If there were a "Who's Who" of outstanding teachers of psych, it would include most, or perhaps all, of the authors of the chapters of this book. They are not only teachers, but also scholars of teaching, who have useful advice for both novice and experienced teachers of psychology.”

Bill McKeachie
University of Michigan

"The Psychology Research Handbook: A Primer for Graduate Students and Research Assistants, Second Edition, edited by Fred Leong and James Austin, fully fulfills its mission to provide graduate students with knowledge of the entire research process from thinking about research, formulating a design, conducting the research, and publishing a paper.  But the book and its many contributors do much more.  In explaining the research process to students, the authors help to demystify why things are done they way they are, to understand the logic of science, and to appreciate the research endeavor - tasks that are often not conveyed in graduate programs.  The Handbook makes an important and valuable contribution to graduate education."

Stanley Sue
University of California, Davis

Best book for the course.

Dr John Kantor
Management Dept, Alliant International University - San Diego Cornerstone
June 6, 2013

Perfect for grad student level

Dr Jon Elhai
Psychology Dept, University of Toledo
September 17, 2012

Great book. Broad in scope. Have used it for two years in my dissertation preparation course.

Dr Kevin Keenan
Psychology , Michigan School of Professional Psychology
September 7, 2012

I adopted a different textbook with a more theoretical focus. However, as the semester progressed, I regretted that decision; students would have benefited from this practical guide. Thus, I will adopt this book when I teach the course again, likely Spring 2014.

Dr Leslie Ashburn-Nardo
Psychology, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
May 16, 2012

The level of this text is too sophisticated for use in my Research in Psychology course.

Dr Debra Swoboda
Political Sci Psychology Dept, Cuny York College
April 8, 2011

A very thorough and user friendly book.

Dr Melinda Blackman
Psychology Dept, California State University - Fullerton
August 8, 2010

Great book and continuing resource for graduate students and early career researchers.

Dr Jacob Benfield
Psychology Dept, Colorado State University - Fort Collins
May 28, 2010
Key features

Chapters offer practical advice on topics of importance throughout the research process.

The volume assembles a fine set of "master" researchers who share with student apprentices skill sets and experience accumulated as a result of years of practical exposure to the design, development, implementation, and documentation of research in psychology, increasing students' capacity for professional-level work.

A special topics section gives advice on such issues as coordinating a research team, applying for grants, and using theory in research.

New to this edition:

Six new chapters cover research scripts, statistical power, multilevel analysis, computational modeling, program evaluation, and scale and test development.

Because of the importance of the Internet and related technology, all chapter authors explicitly address effects of technology on their domains.

Student Exercises have been added to supplement the Recommended Readings and Reference lists at the end of each chapter.

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