Fully updated and revised from the first edition, Doing Research in Psychology is an accessible introduction to the principal research methods and statistical procedures that underpin psychological research. With broader coverage (3 new chapters) and expanded range of support materials and features it is the ideal textbook to accompany both a first and second year course. Doing Research in Psychology provides a carefully integrated understanding of the research process from the ground up and addresses an array of important issues that need to be confronted by students of psychology - issues to do with research goals, methodological choices and strategy, multiple approaches to statistical inference, and ethical controversies. Appendices at the back of the textbook are designed to help students put principles into practice - in conjunction with the accompanying website - including a step-by step guide to performing key statistical tests.
S. Alexander Haslam (Alex Haslam) is a Professor of Social Psychology in the School of Psychology at the University of Exeter.
His research is in the area of social and organisational psychology, exporing issues of stereotyping and prejudice, tyranny and resistance, leadership and power, stress and well-being. This work is informed by, and has contributed to the development of, theory and ideas in the social identity tradition.
In 2001 Haslam collaborated with Professor Steve Reicher of the University of St Andrews on the BBC television programme The Experiment, which examined conflict, order, rebellion and tyranny in the behaviour of a group of individuals held in a simulated prison environment. The Experiment (which became known as the BBC Prison Study) re-examined issues raised by the Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE) and attempted to combine compelling broadcasting with leading-edge social science research. The results of the study were subsequently published in a number of leading psychology journals. Amongst other things, these challenged the role account of tyranny associated with the SPE as well as broader ideas surrounding the 'banality of evil'.
Working with Dr Michelle Ryan, Haslam is also known for research into the glass cliff, examining the leadership experiences of women in organizations. This work was short-listed for the Times Higher Education Supplement's 'Research Project of the Year' in 2005.
I highly recommend this book to all interested in research in the psychology field. The explanations are simple and very relevant to current way of researching. It has exercises at the end of each chapter to test your knowledge ranging from easy to very hard. Suffice to say, the title does justice to the content of this book!