This core textbook introduces psychology students to research methods. The author’s principal goal is to present methods in a way that will lend coherence to the material. He does this by providing a meaningful framework based around Campbell and Stanley’s "threats to validity" and by organizing the book around the phases of the research process. In addition, in his approach and via boxed features, the author encourages and models a process of critical thinking for students.

Collecting the Data

Collecting the data
  • A Quick Guide to Chapter 9: Collecting the Data
  • Introduction to the Chapter
  • Settings for Data Collection in Psychological Research
    • The Laboratory
    • The Field
    • The Archives
  • Participants in Psychological Research
    • Nonhuman Participants
    • Human Participants
    • Aggregates
  • Data Collection Techniques
    • Self-Report Measures
      • Standardized Tests
      • Ad Hoc Self-Report Measures
      • Other Forms of Self-Report
    • Observer Ratings
    • Behavioral Observations
    • Unobtrusive Measures
    • Archival Measures
  • Conclusion
  • Review Questions and Exercise

A Quick Guide to Chapter 9: Collecting the Data

There are many sources for data, the measures of behavior that can be used to test research hypotheses in psychology. The groups or occasions that are specified in a particular research design are compared on the basis of observations selected from one of those sources. The observations can be made in a variety of settings, including the laboratory, the field, and archives containing public or institutional records of ...

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