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7th Edition

Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology

ISBN 9781138708969
Published December 3, 2018 by Routledge
826 Pages

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Book Description

The seventh edition of Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology provides students with the most readable and comprehensive survey of research methods, statistical concepts and procedures in psychology today. Assuming no prior knowledge, this bestselling text takes you through every stage of your research project giving advice on planning and conducting studies, analysing data and writing up reports.

The book provides clear coverage of experimental, interviewing and observational methods, psychological testing, qualitative methods and analysis and statistical procedures which include nominal level tests, multi-factorial ANOVA designs, multiple regression, log linear analysis, and factor analysis. It features detailed and illustrated SPSS instructions for all these and other procedures, eliminating the need for an extra SPSS textbook.

New features to this edition include:

  • Additional coverage of factor analysis and online and modern research methods
  • Expanded coverage of report writing guidelines
  • References updated throughout
  • Presentation updated throughout, to include more figures, tables and full colour to help break up the text
  • Companion website signposted throughout the book to improve student usability
  • Improved and extended web links and further reading associated with every chapter.

Each chapter contains a glossary, key terms and newly integrated exercises, ensuring that key concepts are understood. A fully updated companion website ( provides additional exercises, testbanks for each chapter, revision flash cards, links to further reading and data for use with SPSS.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Research Methods and Ethics

Chapter 1 Psychology, science and research

Chapter 2 Measuring people – variables, samples and the qualitative critique

Chapter 3 Experiments and experimental designs in psychology

Chapter 4 Validity in psychological research

Chapter 5 Quasi-experiments and non-experiments

Chapter 6 Observational methods – watching and being with people

Chapter 7 Interview methods – asking people direct questions

Chapter 8 Psychological tests and measurement scales

Chapter 9 Comparison studies – cross-sectional, longitudinal and cross-cultural studies

Chapter 10 Qualitative approaches in psychology

Chapter 11 Ethical issues in psychological research

Part 2 Analysing data and writing reports

Chapter 12 Analysing qualitative data

Chapter 13 Statistics – organising the data

Chapter 14 Graphical representation of data

Chapter 15 Frequencies and distributions

Chapter 16 Significance testing – was it a real effect?

Chapter 17 Testing for differences between two samples

Chapter 18 Tests for categorical variables and frequency tables

Chapter 19 Correlation

Chapter 20 Regression and multiple regression

Chapter 21 Factor analysis

Chapter 22 Multi-level analysis – differences between more than two conditions (ANOVA)

Chapter 23 Multi-factorial ANOVA designs

Chapter 24 ANOVA for repeated measures designs

Chapter 25 Choosing a significance test for your data

Chapter 26 Planning your practical and writing up your report

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Hugh Coolican is a recently retired Principal Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Coventry, now holding the position of Honorary Teaching Fellow. He is also a Chartered Psychologist and an examiner and scrutineer for the International Baccalaureate.


‘The new edition of this book is a ‘must-have’ for every undergraduate psychology student. The book is clearly written in a concise, readily accessible manner and is broad in scope without compromising on depth of coverage. The book not only encompasses various research methods plus valuable research practical skills such as report writing, it also provides a comprehensive yet easily digestible account of several statistical techniques ranging from t-tests to factor analysis and multiple regression. All-in-all, the book provides excellent coverage of a range of different topics and is essential reading for any psychology student.’ - Dr. Kevin Thomas, Bournemouth University, UK.

‘It is rare to find comprehensive coverage of all the research methods that UK Psychology undergraduates are likely to encounter in one book. Hugh Coolican has achieved just that, providing qualitative, mixed and quantitative methods and analysis, along with thoughtful discussions of these methodologies and the issues surrounding them, in one lucid and digestible text. The interactive style, SPSS analyses, exercises and glossaries make this an engaging read, demystifying concepts that students often find challenging and further supporting them with online materials and a companion website. This is a textbook, manual and reference book in one neat package.’ - Dr. Alison Wadeley, Bath Spa University, UK.