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Critical Thinking About Research: Psychology and Related Fields, 2nd Edition.


Critical Thinking About Research: Psychology and Related Fields, 2nd Edition

Julian Meltzoff and Harris Cooper

American Psychological Association


334 pages



There are many good texts on research design, say Meltzoff and Cooper, but they are written from the perspective of the research producer, not the research consumer. Writing for graduate students of psychology and related discipline, they teach the important skill of critiquing research. Their topics include seeking trustworthy knowledge, research variables and strategies, research designs and threats to internal validity, manipulation and measurement validity, research synthesis and meta-analysis, and research ethics. They also provide 17 articles as practice for critical thinking, among them treatment of flying phobia: comparative efficacy of two behavioral methods, effect of context upon accuracy of recall of affective experiences, and contingency reinforcement in the treatment of talking aloud to self: a single-case study. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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Title Annotation:Julian Meltzoff and Harris Cooper
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Date:Oct 1, 2017
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