How to do Research

A Psychologist's Guide

By Jonathan St B T Evans, Jonathan St B T Evans

© 2005 – Psychology Press

136 pages

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About the Book

Despite the existence of a large number of research methods textbooks, until now there has not been one offering coherent discussion of or clearly outlining a 'strategy' for research. How to do Research is intended to decisively redress this imbalance.

Offering practical advice on all methodological aspects of research from literature review and interpretation of findings - to development of theories, writing and publication, this book also provides a consideration of the major conceptual aspects of conducting research. The whole process of research, from philosophical underpinnings to key concepts in implementation, is critically examined and practical advice provided.

This book will be a useful resource for post-graduate students, at both MA and PhD level, for anyone in the early years of an academic career and for those carrying out research for the first time.

Despite the existence of a large number of research methods textbooks, until now there has not been one offering coherent discussion of or clearly outlining a 'strategy' for research. How to do Research is intended to decisively redress this imbalance.

Reviews

"I found this book eminently readable, full of good advice, wise and witty. The discussions of issues like collaboration, giving talks and publication were just so helpful. I think this book will be as useful to students as to junior researchers, lecturers and assistant professors. Jonathan Evans is not only a first-rate researcher, but truly a thinker and mentor." - Robert Sternberg, IBM Professor of Psychology and Education, Department of Psychology, Yale University, USA

"So many young researchers have to navigate the stormy waters of academia without a pilot. Here finally is a guide, a book full of practical wisdom about how to succeed as an academic researcher in psychology. Jonathan Evans, one of the most prolific psychologists around, is a fount of useful career advice stated with his usual clarity and directness." - Steven Sloman, Brown University, USA

"This book will be a unique treat for a young psychologist… The story of what it's like to be research scientist in our field is told with verve and is informed by the important experiences gleaned from three decades of work by one of the world's most distinguished cognitive psychologists. Even established scientists will find much to learn about their craft in this personal, compelling description of what doing psychological research is really like." - Keith Stanovich, University of Toronto, Canada

"I found this book both interesting and informative; it is well written and presents material in a clear and easy to follow style that will be invaluable for post-graduates, lecturers and researchers in psychology." - Tom Heffernan, Northumbria University, UK

Table of Contents

Introduction. Scholarship and the Origin of Ideas. Designing Empirical Studies. Hypothesis Testing and Reasoning. Statistical Inference. Developing and Testing Theories. Collaboration and Supervision. Communication of Research. References.

About the Authors

Jonathan Evans is Professor of Psychology at the University of Plymouth. He has conducted a major research programme into thinking, reasoning and decision making since the early 1970s. He has over 150 scientific publications which include numerous experimental studies of reasoning and judgement. He is also editor of the journal, Thinking and Reasoning.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY030000
PSYCHOLOGY / Research & Methodology