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Psychology Research Methods, 1st Edition

An appealing, understandable and engaging resource, the first edition of Burton’s Psychology Research Methods offers students a clear, concise look at psychological science, experimental methods, correlational research, statistics and more. This product also includes an emphasis on research ethics; how the APA’s most recent code of ethics is applied to research, and the issue of scientific fraud. Rounded out with helpful learning aids like branched-chain scenarios, bespoke Australia/New Zealand videos, step-by-step instructions, and detailed examples of real research studies makes the material easy to read and student-friendly.

Available as a full-colour printed textbook with an interactive eBook code, this title enables every student to master concepts and succeed in assessment. Lecturers are supported with an extensive and easy-to-use teaching and learning package.


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13 Chapters on Psychology Research Methods

  • Chapter 1. The scientific method
  • Chapter 2. Ethics
  • Chapter 3. Measurement and validity
  • Chapter 4. Types of observational analysis
  • Chapter 5. Collecting and organising data (descriptive statistics)
  • Chapter 6. Experimental design 1 (One IV; independent groups; repeated measures)
  • Chapter 7. Experimental design 2 (Factorial designs)
  • Chapter 8. Variations on experimental design
  • Chapter 9. Correlational research
  • Chapter 10. Hypothesis testing and inferential statistics
  • Chapter 11. Qualitative methods
  • Chapter 12. Research report reading and writing
  • Chapter 13. SPSS

Team of Authors

Lorelle Burton is Professor of Psychology in the School of Psychology and Counselling at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and Associate Dean (Students) in the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences at USQ. She currently leads the Community Futures research program in the Institute for Resilient Regions at USQ and has extensive experience as principal supervisor of higher degree research and Honours students. Lorelle has received multiple teaching excellence awards, including the 2001 USQ Award for Teaching Excellence; the 2004 Pearson Education and APS Early Career Teaching Award; an inaugural 2006 Carrick Citation for ‘delivering nationally recognised teaching practices and resources that inspire first-year students to actively engage in learning processes and develop critical thinking skills’; and an individual Carrick Australian Award for Teaching Excellence in Social Sciences. More recently, she was bestowed the prestigious 2016 APS Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Education Award. Lorelle has led national research projects in learning and teaching, has served on national committees and boards, and has been an invited assessor for the national awards and grants. Lorelle has authored multiple psychology textbooks, including the market-leading first-year Australian psychology textbook and a widely adopted textbook about writing essays and research reports in psychology.

C. James Goodwin is a Professor of Experimental Psychology at Western Carolina University. He specialises in spatial cognition, autobiographical memory, the history of experimental psychology and the history of laboratory apparatus.

Kerri Goodwin is Associate Professor, Cognitive Psychology at Towson University. She received her PhD in cognitive psychology from Florida State University in 2000. Her academic areas of interest revolve around the study of memory. Her current interests include the study of individual differences in eyewitness memory and false memory. The use (and misuse) of memory in everyday life is the focus of her research in psychology.

Paul Jose received his PhD in developmental psychology from Yale University in 1980. After teaching at Loyola University Chicago for 18 years, he moved to New Zealand and has taught for 17 years at Victoria University of Wellington. His favourite course to teach is Psychology Research Methods, which he has taught for over 35 years, at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His substantive research interests encompass adolescent development, family dynamics, and positive psychology. In addition, he has published on the topic of statistical methods, including a book entitled Doing statistical mediation and moderation (Guilford Press, 2013). He is currently Professor of Psychology and Director of the Roy McKenzie Centre for the Study of Families at Victoria University of Wellington.

Professor John Reece is Professor of Psychology in the School of Psychological Sciences at the Australian College of Applied Psychology, a position he has held since 2014. Before that, John worked as a psychology academic at RMIT University and La Trobe, where he received both his PhD and undergraduate psychology education. John has over 30 years’ experience in teaching quantitative research design and analysis, which is his area of special expertise. John has received a number of institutional and national teaching awards for his approach to teaching research methods, including the Australian Psychological Society’s Distinguished Contribution to Education award, an Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, and RMIT University’s Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. John is an active member of the Australian Psychological Society’s Interest Group on Psychology Education and has also been Chief Examiner for Victoria’s population senior secondary school Psychology program.

Judith Gullifer is the Head of the Australian Psychological Society Training Institute. She was the foundation Associate Dean (Academic) in Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences at Charles Sturt University. She has coordinated a range of undergraduate and postgraduate psychology subjects and has been involved in supervising undergraduate and postgraduate student research. She is a registered psychologist with a background in professional counselling in rural and remote Australia. Judith has worked as an adolescent and family counsellor, a relationship counsellor, a generalist counsellor, a school counsellor and in her most recent position in primary care. Judith was a trainer for NSW Health, implementing various programs for professional staff development. She is highly committed to the development of the discipline and profession of Psychology. She has held various positions with the Australian Psychological Society, having served on the Board of Directors, the Regional, Rural and Remote Advisory Group to the APS National Board of Directors and convenor of the Rural and Remote Interest Group. Judith completed her PhD investigating students’ perceptions of plagiarism at Charles Sturt University. Her interest in investigating academic integrity grew from her commitment to scholarship in teaching. Judith also has a strong research commitment to perceptions of ageing and has published in this area. Judith has been the recipient of the Charles Sturt University Vice Chancellors Award in Teaching Excellence and the Australian Psychological Society’s Early Career Teaching Award.

Amanda E. Lambros is a Clinical Fellow in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University and a practising clinical counsellor and supervisor. She has completed a BHSc in Health Sciences at the University of Western Ontario (2001), a Postgraduate Diploma of Ethics (2002), a Master of Forensic Sexology (2004) and a Master of Counselling (2014). Amanda coordinates and lectures in evidence-informed health practice to more than 3200 students annually. Amanda’s private practice focuses on couples and grief and loss. Providing her clients with the most up-to-date and evidence-based care is imperative to her, and she has a strong focus on EBP, ethics and communication. Amanda has extensive experience in teaching and speaking in Australia and overseas, in innovative teaching and evidence-based approaches and program development for health science courses. Before joining Curtin University, she held academic appointments at Curtin College, University of Southern Queensland and Griffith University. Amanda is a Certified Professional Speaker (CSP) who helps organisations understand ‘evidence’ and the power of communication to apply strategies to improve the underlying structure of their businesses. More recently, her speaking and consulting activities have been concentrated in the area of relationships, innovation, communication and engagement sectors all from an evidence-based perspective.

Mohammed Mussa is a forensic psychology PhD student at Deakin University. His thesis involves developing and testing a new interviewing protocol to be used by police officers interviewing complainants of sexual offences. Mohammed’s research is being completed through the Centre for Investigative Interviewing (affiliated with Deakin University). He has a strong interest in victim/witness interviewing — however, he has an emerging interest in suspect interviewing, particularly in relation to sexual offences and cross-cultural interviewing. In addition to his research, Mohammed is engaged as a casual tutor across several undergraduate units at Deakin University.

Andrea Lamont-Mills is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science at the University of Southern Queensland. Andrea is currently the Acting Associate Dean, Research and Research Training in the Faculty. She has been at the University of Southern Queensland since 2000, having started as a Level A academic teaching research methods and sport psychology. Andrea has extensive experience in teaching both quantitative and qualitative research methods in psychology, having taught both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She also has extensive experience in course program management and has coordinated the three- and four-year psychology programs in the School of Psychology and Counselling. Andrea has been involved with the professional training of psychologists for over 15 years and has a strong commitment to ensuring that psychology students are exposed to a wide range of research approaches and experiences. Andrea is also a registered psychologist and her consulting activities have been concentrated in the sport psychology area, with a particular emphasis on pre-elite adolescent athletes.

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