Getting started on your final year psychology research project? Not sure where to look for extra help? Terrified at the prospect? Your Undergraduate Psychology Project: A BPS Guide has been designed with the needs of the student in mind. Packed with hints and tips, and written in a simple, informal style, this 'second supervisor' is designed to ease you further into the world of research. A host of special features allow you the best possible chance of success: Structured chronologically around planning a project, carrying it out, and then writing it up; Gives practical advice on how to deal with day-to-day problems such as software failures or uncommunicative interviewees; Written in consultation with a number of experienced academics and students of psychology.
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Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. Planning Research. Choosing a Research Topic. The Textbook Method. The Television Method. The Pub Chat or Coffee Bar Method. The Internet Method. Think Again!. Self-Interest. Replication Versus Novelty. Pure Versus Applied Research. Researching the Project: Finding Literature. Using Internet Search Engines. Snowballing and Searching via Citations. Using Electronic Databases. Boolean Operators. Narrowing Searches. Storing Search Results. How Many References?. Statistics on the Internet. Choosing a Method. Single-Case Designs. Case Studies. Choosing Qualitative Methods. Differences or Relationships?. Primary or Secondary Data?. Observational Methods. Protocol Analysis. Multiple Methods. Control Groups. Matching Methods to Analysis. Power Analysis. Developing Materials. Experimental Stimuli. Questionnaires. Looking Professional. Interviews. Cross-cultural Studies and Translation of Materials. 'Borrowing' Materials. The Internet as a Research Tool. Managing Time: Keeping on Track. Start Early. Match the Project to the Time Available. Over-planning. Plan B. Response Rates. Your Supervisor's Time. Project Milestones. Tips on Managing Time. Writing a Proposal. Research Ethics. Informed Consent. Undue Pressure. Deception. Protection of Participants from Harm and 'Acceptable' Risk. Incentives. Withdrawal. Confidentiality. Debriefing. Personal Safety. Obtaining Ethical Clearance. Getting Started. 2. Doing Research: Collecting Data. Student-Supervisor Relations. Pilot Studies. Dealing with People. Being an Ambassador. Working with Participants When Participants Don't Understand or Make Mistakes Conducting Interviews: The Practicalities. Observational Studies. Relying on Equipment. Making Backups. Adjusting Your Project Milestones. Taking Part Yourself. Revisiting Data. Transcribing Interviews. The Paper Trail. Knowing When to Stop. Data Preparation. Conducting Statistical Analyses. 3. Writing Up Research. An Overview. Notes on Style. A Note on Plagiarism. Section by Section. Title. Abstract. Introduction. Method. Replicability. Results. Discussion. Generalising Your Findings. Appendices. Qualitative Reports. The First Person. Introduction. Methods. Results/Analysis/Discussion. First, Second and Third Drafts. Common Mistakes. Affect and Effect. Data. Experiment and Study. Joining Words Together. Incorrect Apostrophes. Incorrect Sentences. Latin Phrases and Other Borrowings. Non-significant. Number and Amount. Prefixes. Presenting Numbers. Proof. Reporting Probabilities. Separating Words. Significant Differences. Spelling IV and DV. When It's All Over. References. Further Reading. Index
Mark Forshaw is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University. He is a Chartered Health Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is the author of Essential Health Psychology (2002), Advanced Psychology: Health Psychology (2003) and Understanding Headaches and Migraines (2004).