Introduction to Psychological Research

Introduction to Psychological Research

Introduction to Psychological Research

Introduction to Psychological Research

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This book is based on a course for first-semester graduate students instituted in 1956 at the University of Colorado. The aim of the course was to acquaint beginners with the practicalities of doing original research. It had been our experience that students are all too frequently thrust ill-prepared into a situation which demands, but does not necessarily nurture, independent research. Most of the time the students in no sense suffered from lack of ideas, but the frequent frustrations encountered in the course of turning even a good idea into finished research often led to disenchantment with the entire process.

Certainly even the most seasoned investigator finds new and unforeseen complexities in any research project. This will probably always be true as long as the researcher's imagination and the scope of his inquiry extend beyond the range of the skills he has learned. But some problems are encountered time and again in various forms. Mastery of techniques for attacking them might free the newcomer's attention for more specific difficulties posed by his particular research project. If this mastery is based on a concern for principles and reasons behind the particular techniques, the researcher should be . . .

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