Handbook of Research and Quantitative Methods in Psychology: For Students and Professionals

Handbook of Research and Quantitative Methods in Psychology: For Students and Professionals

Handbook of Research and Quantitative Methods in Psychology: For Students and Professionals

Handbook of Research and Quantitative Methods in Psychology: For Students and Professionals

Synopsis

This comprehensive reference organizes extensive definitions and examples of key concepts in quantitative research into a single, convenient source. Alphabetically arranged and cross-referenced, The Handbook of Research and Quantitative Methods In Psychology presents:

• experimental procedures,

• research designs,

• statistical methods,

• information theory,

• psychophysics,

• behavioral terminology,

• scaling and testing.

Excerpt

Handbook of Research and Quantitative Methods in Psychology: For Students and Professionals is an alphabetically organized reference text for psychology and other behavior sciences. It includes terms and concepts from research methodology, experimental design, testing and scaling, and statistics. As instructors who have taught undergraduate and graduate courses in these areas, we became increasingly sensitive to the problems created by terms with overlapping meanings, synonyms, and pseudosynonyms. We also became increasingly appreciative of the need for an organizer -- a single source in which these terms could be located. To that end, we have tried to provide a book in which the entries are defined or described as clearly, broadly, and objectively as possible and one in which comparisons and contrasts with related items could readily be made.

Rather than simply writing a glossary of terms in the field, we have concentrated on providing as complete a definition as possible of each term, with informal examples as needed, and, in the case of particularly difficult and/or deserving terms, a more thorough, formal example. Necessarily, this forced us to limit the scope of our effort in several ways: (1) Our entries are limited to research and statistical methods and closely related terms. We have not included behavioral phenomena or concepts from specific theories. The list of such items is virtually endless, as new topics of research are invented, old topics redefined, and theoretical viewpoints changed. Thus, any entries included here that may refer both to a process and to a procedure were defined only as a procedure. For example, you will find transfer paradigm entered, but not positive transfer. (2) We have not included evaluative comments or extensive discussions of how or why a concept or method is used in a particular area of research. Textbooks and teachers are designed to do those things. (3) We recognize that certain methods may come to be more or less uniquely associated with certain theoretical or metatheoretical positions. Thus, to avoid needless controversy, we have tried to define these methods strictly as sets of opera-

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