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Research Methods: A Modular Approach

This book aims to provide an approach to learning and teaching research methods in the psychological field. Jackson stresses on the importance to of using the scientific method, which is a combination of empiricism and rationalism, to gain knowledge in psychology. She discusses three categories of research methods used by psychologists: descriptive methods, predictive methods, and the explanatory method, and she devote one chapter for each to further expand on these methods. Jackson also introduces the method to start a research project and the APA’s ethical principles. Other topics include variables, describing data and making inferences to understand results, and APA communication guidelines.

Social Psychology and Everyday Life

This book starts from reviewing the history of social psychology and outlining a contemporary orientation for the social psychology of everyday life. The discussion is then extended to how knowledge is constructed in everyday settings, what indigenous psychologies can contribute to developing understandings of people in social settings, how the cultivation of place-based identities can increase social participation, how human displacement affects individuals and the receiving communities, how the social influences on health and illness disrupts lifestyle choices, how the marginalized groups and everyday experience is overwhelmed with social injustice, how positive-focused traditions in social psychology can be connected with critical humanism, how people have interacted with media.

Psychology in Social Context: Issues and Debates

This book approaches ideas in psychology from considering historical controversies. It argues that the discipline is shaped by the ways in which it interrelates with society, and that positions taken towards fundamental issues in psychology are reflections of that social context. After the introduction of the notion of psychology as a reflexive discipline shaped by society, examples of specific issues are organized into chapters, including intelligence and IQ, race, women, the nature-nurture debate, state service, ethical standards, personality, mental health, Freud, parapsychology, psychology in everyday life, etc. Further issues are discussed at the end of the book as well.

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