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Table of Contents Psychology (

FREE OER Textbook - Research Methods in Psychology

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Science of Psychology
Chapter 2: Getting Started in Research
Chapter 3: Research Ethics
Chapter 4: Theory in Psychology
Chapter 5: Psychological Measurement
Chapter 6: Experimental Research
Chapter 7: Nonexperimental Research
Chapter 8: Complex Research Designs
Chapter 9: Survey Research
Chapter 10: Single-Subject Research
Chapter 11: Presenting Your Research
Chapter 12: Descriptive Statistics
Chapter 13: Inferential Statistics

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Table of Contents

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Chapter 1. Introducing Psychology
1.1 Psychology as a Science
1.2 The Evolution of Psychology: History, Approaches, and Questions
1.3 Chapter Summary
Chapter 2. Psychological Science
2.1 Psychologists Use the Scientific Method to Guide Their Research
2.2 Psychologists Use Descriptive, Correlational, and Experimental Research Designs to Understand Behavior
2.3 You Can Be an Informed Consumer of Psychological Research
2.4 Chapter Summary
Chapter 3. Brains, Bodies, and Behavior
3.1 The Neuron Is the Building Block of the Nervous System
3.2 Our Brains Control Our Thoughts, Feelings, and Behavior
3.3 Psychologists Study the Brain Using Many Different Methods
3.4 Putting It All Together: The Nervous System and the Endocrine System
3.5 Chapter Summary
Chapter 4. Sensing and Perceiving
4.1 We Experience Our World Through Sensation
4.2 Seeing
4.3 Hearing
4.4 Tasting, Smelling, and Touching
4.5 Accuracy and Inaccuracy in Perception
4.6 Chapter Summary
Chapter 5. States of Consciousness
5.1 Sleeping and Dreaming Revitalize Us for Action
5.2 Altering Consciousness With Psychoactive Drugs
5.3 Altering Consciousness Without Drugs
5.4 Chapter Summary
Chapter 6. Growing and Developing
6.1 Conception and Prenatal Development
6.2 Infancy and Childhood: Exploring and Learning
6.3 Adolescence: Developing Independence and Identity
6.4 Early and Middle Adulthood: Building Effective Lives
6.5 Late Adulthood: Aging, Retiring, and Bereavement
6.6 Chapter Summary
Chapter 7. Learning
7.1 Learning by Association: Classical Conditioning
7.2 Changing Behavior Through Reinforcement and Punishment: Operant Conditioning
7.3 Learning by Insight and Observation
7.4 Using the Principles of Learning to Understand Everyday Behavior
7.5 Chapter Summary
Chapter 8. Remembering and Judging
8.1 Memories as Types and Stages
8.2 How We Remember: Cues to Improving Memory
8.3 Accuracy and Inaccuracy in Memory and Cognition
8.4 Chapter Summary
Chapter 9. Intelligence and Language
9.1 Defining and Measuring Intelligence
9.2 The Social, Cultural, and Political Aspects of Intelligence
9.3 Communicating With Others: The Development and Use of Language
9.4 Chapter Summary
Chapter 10. Emotions and Motivations
10.1 The Experience of Emotion
10.2 Stress: The Unseen Killer
10.3 Positive Emotions: The Power of Happiness
10.4 Two Fundamental Human Motivations: Eating and Mating
10.5 Chapter Summary
Chapter 11: Personality
11.1 Personality and Behavior: Approaches and Measurement
11.2 The Origins of Personality
11.3 Is Personality More Nature or More Nurture? Behavioral and Molecular Genetics
11.4 Chapter Summary
Chapter 12: Defining Psychological Disorders
12.1 Psychological Disorder: What Makes a Behavior “Abnormal”?
12.2 Anxiety and Dissociative Disorders: Fearing the World Around Us
12.3 Mood Disorders: Emotions as Illness
12.4 Schizophrenia: The Edge of Reality and Consciousness
12.5 Personality Disorders
12.6 Somatoform, Factitious, and Sexual Disorders
12.7 Chapter Summary
Chapter 13: Treating Psychological Disorders
13.1 Reducing Disorder by Confronting It: Psychotherapy
13.2 Reducing Disorder Biologically: Drug and Brain Therapy
13.3 Reducing Disorder by Changing the Social Situation
13.4 Evaluating Treatment and Prevention: What Works?
13.5 Chapter Summary
Chapter 14: Psychology in Our Social Lives
14.1 Social Cognition: Making Sense of Ourselves and Others
14.2 Interacting With Others: Helping, Hurting, and Conforming
14.3 Working With Others: The Costs and Benefits of Social Groups
14.4 Chapter Summary

Introduction to Psychology: Glossary of Key Terms

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FREE OER Textbook - Introduction to Psychology (


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APA Dictionary of Psychology


APA Style JARS Supplemental Glossary
"This glossary is intended to provide supplemental content to the information contained in journal article reporting standards (JARS)... It is not an exhaustive list of all terms employed in quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods research, nor does it include all possible definitions for each term; definitions in addition to or different from those reported in this glossary may be found in other sources.”


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Note: Many of these definitions are taken or based upon the writing of the original authors. See the Source Chapter Attributions page for more information.

EX: Case Studies: descriptive records of one or more individual’s experience and behavior.

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