• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

This book, aimed at advanced undergraduates and postgraduate students in psychology and related areas, provides a guide to the key theories and methods used by researchers. Carefully chosen articles are accompanied by a commentary from the author that helps students to understand the rationale for a study, the choice of design and assessment measures, use of statistics, and the interpretation of results. A wide range of recent research papers is included to cover observational and experimental methods from infancy to adolescence.

Observational Methods and Questionnaires
Observational methods and questionnaires
Observing Behaviour

The two most important decisions a researcher has to make in designing an observational study are where to carry out the observation and what kind of events to observe. As with any other kind of research, the answer to these methodological questions depends on the precise questions that the researcher is attempting to answer.

Observations can be divided into those taking place in the ‘field’ and those that occur in controlled settings. In the former case, the observer goes into the natural environment of the group or individual who is to be observed. The aim is to see a wide range of behaviours. In the latter case, the observer controls the observational setting with a view to observing ...

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