The Second Edition of The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology provides comprehensive coverage of the qualitative methods, strategies, and research issues in psychology. Qualitative research in psychology has been transformed since the first edition's publication. Responding to this evolving field, existing chapters have been updated while three new chapters have been added on Thematic Analysis, Interpretation, and Netnography. With a focus on methodological progress throughout, the chapters are organised into three sections: Section One: Methods Section Two: Perspectives and Techniques Section Three: Applications In the field of psychology and beyond, this handbook will constitute a valuable resource for both experienced qualitative researchers and novices for many years to come.

Cognitive Psychology

Cognitive Psychology
Thomas C. Ormerod Linden J. Ball


Writing about qualitative methods in studying cognitive phenomena immediately runs into a problem: cognitive psychologists have long claimed that people's subjective self-reports cannot be trusted as complete or accurate records of the cognitive processes underlying behaviours. Researchers are therefore expected to adopt objective techniques when investigating cognition, which necessitates the use of quantitative methods. In contrast, we propose that a full understanding of cognitive phenomena is achievable only through the rigorous application of mixed methods that capitalize upon the strengths of both qualitative and quantitative approaches.

To support our proposal, we first review the historical context whereby quantitative methods have come to dominate cognitive research. Second, we outline ...

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