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How to Be a Researcher: A Strategic Guide for Academic Success

Realistic advice and strategies are provided in this reader friendly book, which describes and sets out how students and scholars in psychology can become academic researchers.

The book comprises nine chapters and is divided into two parts. In the first part the author provides reflective and reflexive accounts to encourage informed decisions and skills development.

A clear and succinct table of key points is presented at the end of each chapter to allow readers to reflect on what they have learned.

The second part focuses on deductive and statistical assumptions, and raises points of significance levels in empirical psychology, such as how to minimise the risk of false inferences.

A large number of relevant references are used, and these validate academic and research rigour.

The author adopts a straightforward approach and writes in simple English. His honesty is evident throughout this down-to-earth book with a psychology slant. As he says: ‘Significance testing can work quite well in practice even if it is flawed in principle.’

The book comprises nine chapters and is divided into two parts. In the first part the author provides reflective and reflexive accounts to encourage informed decisions and skills development.

A clear and succinct table of key points is presented at the end of each chapter to allow readers to reflect on what they have learned.

The second part focuses on deductive and statistical assumptions, and raises points of significance levels in empirical psychology, such as how to minimise the risk of false inferences.

A large number of relevant references are used, and these validate academic and research rigour.

The author adopts a straightforward approach and writes in simple English. His honesty is evident throughout this down-to-earth book with a psychology slant. As he says: ‘Significance testing can work quite well in practice even if it is flawed in principle.’

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