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Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods

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Taking into consideration the four basic approaches to behavioral research (descriptive research, correlational research, experimental research, and quasi-experimental research), Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods shows students how to conceptualize questions, measure variables, design studies, and analyze data. Chapters on research ethics and scientific writing ...more
Hardcover, 442 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Allyn & Bacon (first published October 28th 1990)
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Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods with Research Navigator is, just as the title says, fit as a basic introductory textbook on experimental psychology. The text is horrendously dry, the formatting uninspired to say the least, but the content of the book is informative, and Mark R. Leary does put some effort in engaging his reader by giving many real life examples to go along with the dryness of his written word.

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Fairly light read for a textbook. Interesting examples of real studies are used to show examples of the different kinds of experiments that are being talked about.
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Mar 09, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Read it in college. Not too bad. Pretty technical though.
Christine
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Quality textbook for learning the various methods and principles for conducting research in the social sciences. Easy to understand. Substantial amount of detail for each topic.
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“make them progress more smoothly. As you write, be sure that the transitions between one idea and another are clear. If you move from one idea to another too abruptly, the reader may miss the connection between them and lose your train of thought. Pay particular attention to the transitions from one paragraph to another. Often, you’ll need to write transition sentences that explicitly lead the reader from one paragraph to the next. Clarity Perhaps the fundamental requirement of scientific writing is clarity. Unlike some forms of fiction in which vagueness enhances the reader’s experience, the goal of scientific writing is to communicate information. It is essential, then, that the information is conveyed in a clear, articulate, and unclouded manner. This is a very difficult task, however. You don’t have to read many articles published in scientific journals to know that not all scientific writers express themselves clearly. Often writers find it difficult to step outside themselves and imagine how readers will interpret their words. Even so, clarity must be a writer’s first and foremost goal. Two primary factors contribute to the clarity of one’s writing: sentence construction and word choice. SENTENCE CONSTRUCTION. The best way to enhance the clarity of your writing is to pay close attention to how you construct your sentences; awkwardly constructed sentences distract and confuse the reader. First, state your ideas in the most explicit and straightforward manner possible. One way to do this is to avoid the passive voice. For example, compare the following sentences: The participants were told by the experimenter to press the button when they were finished (passive voice). The experimenter told the participants to press the button when they finished (active voice). I think you can see that the second sentence, which is written in the active voice, is the better of the two. Second, avoid overly complicated sentences. Be economical in the phrases you use. For example, the sentence, “There were several different participants who had not previously been told what their IQ scores were,” is terribly convoluted. It can be streamlined to, “Several participants did not know their IQ scores.” (In a moment, I’ll share with you one method I use to identify wordy and awkwardly constructed sentences in my own writing.) WORD CHOICE. A second way to enhance the clarity of one’s writing is to choose one’s words carefully. Choose words that convey precisely the idea you wish to express. “Say what you mean and mean what you say” is the scientific writer’s dictum. In everyday language, we often use words in ways that are discrepant from their dictionary definition. For example, we tend to use theory and hypothesis interchangeably in everyday language, but they mean different things to researchers. Similarly, people talk informally about seeing a therapist or counselor, but psychologists draw a distinction between therapists and counselors. Can you identify the problem in this” 0 likes
“that is empirical, systematic, and publicly
verifiable. This does not necessarily imply that angels
do not exist or that the question is unimportant. It
simply means that this question is beyond the scope of
scientific investigation.
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Science and Pseudoscience
The results of scientific investigations are not always correct, but because researchers abide by the criteria of systematic empiricism, public verification, and solvable problems, scientific findings are the most trustworthy source
of knowledge that we have. Unfortunately, not all research findings that appear to be scientific actually are, but
people sometimes have trouble telling the difference. The term pseudoscience refers to claims of evidence that
masquerade as science but in fact violate the basic criteria of scientific investigation that we just discussed (Radner
& Radner, 1982).
NONSYSTEMATIC AND NONEMPIRICAL EVIDENCE
As we have seen, scientists rely on systematic observation. Pseudoscientific”
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