Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences,
6th Edition

Frederick J Gravetter, Lori-Ann B. Forzano

ISBN-13: 9781337613316 | ISBN-10: 1337613312

Copyright 2019

| Published 2018

| 656 pages

List Price USD $189.95


See how interesting experimental and nonexperimental research can be with RESEARCH METHODS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, 6th Edition. Inviting and conversational, the text leads you through the research process from start to finish -- using a step-by-step approach that emphasizes the decisions researchers make at each stage. Current research examples are selected to be of particular interest to students like you, and learning objectives help you focus on what's important. Chapter after chapter, the authors' "lecture in a book" style delivers clear explanations of topics that make this text easy to read and understand.

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Meet the Authors

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The late Frederick J Gravetter was Professor Emeritus of Psychology at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. While teaching at Brockport, Dr. Gravetter specialized in statistics, experimental design, and cognitive psychology. He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from M.I.T. and his Ph.D. in psychology from Duke University. In addition to publishing several research articles, Dr. Gravetter co-authored Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences and Essentials of Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences.

Lori-Ann B Forzano is Professor of Psychology at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, where she regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in research methods, statistics, learning, animal behaviour, and the psychology of eating. Her research examines impulsivity and self-control in adults and children and has been published in the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Learning and Motivation and The Psychological Record. Dr. Forzano also co-authored Essentials of Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. She received her PhD in experimental psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

  • The new edition has the same look and feel as the authors' Essential of Statistics book, enabling a seamless transition from statistics to research methods -- especially with the overview of statistics in Chapter 15. Together, the two books provide a smooth two-semester sequence of Statistics and Methods, or content for an integrated Statistics/Methods course.
  • Up-to-date research examples are selected to illustrate concepts as clearly as possible and with an eye towards being of particular interest to students.
  • The new edition incorporates the most recent APA guidelines, including the 2010 and 2017 ethical standard amendments.
  • Nearly all multiple-choice Learning Checks (located at the end of each section) are new or updated -- with at least one question provided for each of the section's Learning Objectives.
  • Instructor resources include extensive PowerPoint® slides detailing each chapter and a test bank organized by section, with each item keyed by Learning Objective, level of difficulty, and Blooms Taxonomy.
  • The order of several chapters can be varied to meet the requirements of different instructors. For example, descriptive and/or correlational research could be presented before experimental research. The book's extensive coverage of topics in Research Methods (including experimental and non-experimental, single-case designs, writing, etc.) allows you to choose which chapters to assign, or to count on the text to cover certain topics with the students.
  • Pedagogical aids include chapter Learning Objectives, chapter overviews, chapter summaries, and a list of keywords for quick review at the end of each chapter. Save time by using the Learning Checks and end-of-chapter exercises and activities as prepackaged assignments.
  • Organized according to the research process, the book is appropriate for use in a lecture-only class, a class with a lab component, or a class with a writing component consisting of a research proposal or report. A flow-chart of the research process inside the book's front cover reminds students of the organization of the process and the book, and each chapter overview reminds students of their current location in the research process framework.
  • Learning Objectives are linked to Learning Check questions at the end of each section, the exercises at the end of each chapter, and the test bank questions to assist with your assessment efforts.
  • MindTap for Gravetter and Forzano's Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences includes useful features -- an ebook, previews with quizzes, modular (section) quizzes, and practice tests (all with learning opportunities like immediate feedback, explanations, and retaking options). For instructors, MindTap features an embedded gradebook and easy use for online, hybrid, or classroom-based courses.
  • Appendices support the primary narrative. Appendix B presents numerical examples of all the descriptive and inferential statistics introduced in Chapter 15 and throughout the book. Whenever a statistic is mentioned in the text, the authors cite the corresponding example in Appendix B. Appendix C describes the step-by-step procedure for using SPSS to perform the descriptive and inferential statistics discussed in Chapter 15 and demonstrated in Appendix B. Appendix D presents a complete example of a research report demonstrating the current APA-style guidelines.
  • The authors' student-friendly approach includes an informal, conversational writing style that emphasizes discussion and explanation of topics, rather than a simple "cookbook" presentation of facts.

Table of Contents

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1. Introduction, Acquiring Knowledge, and the Scientific Method.
2. Research Ideas and Hypotheses.
3. Defining and Measuring Variables.
4. Ethics in Research.
5. Selecting Research Participants.
6. Research Strategies and Validity.
7. The Experimental Research Strategy.
8. Experimental Designs: Between-Subjects Design.
9. Experimental Designs: Within-Subjects Design.
10. The Nonexperimental and Quasi-Experimental Strategies: Nonequivalent Group, Pre–Post, and Developmental Designs.
11. Factorial Designs.
12. The Correlational Research Strategy.
13. The Descriptive Research Strategy.
14. Single-Case Experimental Research Designs.
15. Statistical Evaluation of Data.
16. Writing an APA-Style Research Report.
A. Random Number Table and Instruction.
B. Statistics Demonstrations and Statistical Tables.
C. Instructions for Using SPSS.
D. Sample APA-Style Research Report Manuscript for Publication.
Name Index.
Subject Index.

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