The book that established itself as a standard text and reference work for students seeking to master research methods and procedures in psychology has been updated and revised in this new edition! The Second Edition of The Psychology Research Handbook: A Guide for Graduate Students and Research Assistants once again offers a comprehensive guide for understanding and conquering the entire research process. Editors Frederick T. L. Leong and James T. Austin have assembled a distinguished group of expert researchers who share skill sets accumulated as a result of years of practical exposure to the design, development, implementation, and documentation of research in psychology.
Chapter 2: Finding a Research Topic
The basic premise of this book is that conducting psychological research, as a novice or as an expert, is guided by a series of cognitive scripts. Based on the editors' concept of research as cognitive script, we present the procedures that one can use to find an appropriate research topic using this framework. In the Introduction to this volume, the editors argue that skill acquisition is dependent on the building of these scripts through practice. In a linear research project, finding a topic is the first basic script. Other scripts for subsequent stages in the research process include choosing a research design, selecting research instruments, applying sampling procedures, and conducting data analyses. The skill of ...