Research in Psychology: From Start to Finish is a step-by-step introduction of the research process. It has been written to coincide with a semester-long research project and associated tasks – i.e., development of research questions and hypotheses, learning how to conduct a literature review, determination of research method and development of research design, data collection and analysis, and reporting of findings.
Chapter 1 The Research Process and Topics
1.1 An Introduction to Research in Psychology
1.2 The Research Process Step by Step
1.3 The Psychological Researcher
Chapter 2 The Literature Review and APA Citation Rules
2.1 What is a Literature Review?
2.2 The Steps of a Literature Review
2.3 Rules of Citing—APA
Chapter 3 Ethics
3.1 What are Ethics?
3.2 The History of Psychological Research Ethics
3.3 The APA Code of Ethics
Chapter 4 Qualitative Research
4.1 Perspectives of Research
4.2 Qualitative Approaches
4.3 Trustworthiness – How to Analyze Qualitative Data
Chapter 5 Non-Experimental Quantitative Research
5.1 Surveys and Sampling
5.3 Other Descriptive Methods
5.4 Correlational Methods
Chapter 6 Experimentation
6.1 Introduction to the Experiment
6.2 Development of a Research Hypothesis
Chapter 7 Variables
7.1 What Is a Variable?
7.2 Types of Independent Variables
7.3 Types of Dependent Variables
7.4 Types of Extraneous Variables
7.5 Basic Control Techniques
Chapter 8 Statistics
8.1 What are Statistics?
8.2 Descriptive Statistics
8.3 Graphing Descriptive Statistics
8.4 Inferential Statistics
Chapter 9 Human Factors in Research
9.1 The Participants
9.2 The Experimenter and Expectations
9.3 Research and Culture
Chapter 10 Threats to Validity and Varieties of Experiments
10.1 Internal Versus External Validity
10.2 Threats to Internal Validity
10.3 Threats to External Validity
10.4 Varieties of Experimentation
Chapter 11 APA Format
11.1 APA Formatting Rules
11.2 Writing and Formatting Conventions
11.3 An APA Format Paper Template
Josh Muller is a Professor of psychology at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA. He earned his MA degree in experimental psychology from Fresno State University and PhD degree in general psychology from Northcentral University, Prescott, Arizona. He is founder and serves as Director of the Psychology Research Symposium at College of the Sequoias since 2007. He teaches Research Methods in Psychology, Social Psychology, and General Psychology. His primary research interests are in attribution theory, exercise psychology, and wellness. He has mentored hundreds of research projects and has taught thousands of students during his tenure.