Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology, 3rd edition

Published by Pearson (June 27, 2013) © 2013

  • Darren Langdridge The Open University
  • Gareth Hagger-Johnson Department of Epidemiology & Public Health University College London



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This third edition of Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology provides a unique, balanced blend of quantitative and qualitative research methods. Highly practical in nature, the book guides students step-by-step through the research process and is underpinned by SPSS screenshots, diagrams and examples throughout.

  • Study boxes highlight the use of different research methods and data analysis in both classic and cutting edge research in psychology.
  • Activity boxes provide exercises to help students consolidate knowledge and understanding.
  • Information boxes explore key issues in more detail and illustrate the concepts introduced in the text.
  • Command boxes offer clear and detailed instructions of how to carry out statistical analysis using the latest version of SPSS.

  • A new chapter on exploratory factor analysis (EFA)
  • SPSS procedures updated to version 19
  • Revised coverage of report writing, including a new sample student report    
  • The ethics chapter has been revised to reflect the latest BPS guidelines
  • Expanded coverage of linear regression and statistical power
  • New developments and examples from recent research findings

Section 1 – Introducing research methods


1. Starting out in research
2. Variables: definition and measurement
3. Reliability, validity, sampling and groups

4. Interviews and observation
5. Questionnaires and psychometric tests
6. Experimental and quasi-experimental designs

7. E-research


Section 2 – Analysing quantitative data


8. Fundamentals of statistics

9. Entering and manipulating data
10. Graphical representation and descriptive statistics
11. Bivariate analysis 1: exploring differences between variables
12. Bivariate analysis 2: exploring relationships between variables

15. Regression

16. Introducing R


Section 3 – Analysing qualitative data

17. Fundamentals of qualitative research
18. Transcribing, coding and organising textual data
19. Phenomenological research methods
20. Grounded theory
21. Discourse analysis
22. Life story and narrative research
23. The use of computers in qualitative analysis

24. Mixed methods


Section 4 – Reporting findings

25. Ethics and politics
26. Reporting and presenting findings



Dr Darren Langdridge is Head of Department of Psychology at The Open University.

Dr Gareth Hagger-Johnson is a psychologist and Senior Research Associate at University College London.

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