Research Methods

  • Leading experts review the latest findings and recommendations concerning the roots and prevention of antisocial behavior and crimeThe developmental perspective is becoming increasingly significant in criminology and in research on antisocial and criminal behavior. Developmental criminology can explain the stability of antisocial behavior as well as how it emerges and disappears across the life s…

  • Current research on the myriad ways in which memory, conscious and unconscious, impacts everyday lifeApplied memory research investigates the practical aspects of one of the crucial facets of human life experience: Memory. Our ability to make informed, conscious decisions in the present depends on the existence of memories, both consciously and unconsciously obtained, as do the many seemingly aut…

  • Research synthesis techniques such as systematic reviews and metaanalyses have become standard methods for aggregating the results from thematically related research in psychology. In this “Hotspots” issue, leading researchers describe state of the art systematic reviews and meta-analyses on topics currently being debated in psychology, meta-analytic replications and extensions of previously …

  • Implementation – how to turn good intentions into successful servicesImplementation research aims to narrow the “science to service gap” by addressing the challenges inherent in transferring research knowledge into practical real-world applications that improve people’s lives. Ensuring that scientific findings bear fruit in terms of successfully employed service practices is not always an…

  • The development and application of implicit attitude measures has been one of the most thriving research areas in psychology over the last few decades. This field is united by a shared excitement about the discoveries enabled by these measures, be they related to social attitudes and behavior, clinical disorders, consumer decisions, or self-representations, among others. These approaches bridge s…

  • Meta-analysis is a series of systematic approaches for synthesizing quantitative research. Since its introduction in the early 1980s, statistical and methodological aspects of meta-analysis have been substantially refined and advanced.This volume brings together researchers from mathematical statistics, research methodology, medical and social sciences who present new developments and application…

  • In many scientific fields, meta-analysis has become the standard method for summarizing research findings. The number of published applications of the method has been steadily growing in the last 25 years and the statistical procedures of meta-analysis continue to become more and more advanced. This book provides a comprehensive treatment of the statistical procedures for meta-analysis with corre…

  • Most everyday number processing involves multi-digit numbers (e.g., money, prices, times, dates). However, much of the research in the field has so far focussed on single-digit number processing. Whilst some basic cognitive effects obtained this way transfer to multi-digit numbers, other cognitive mechanisms cannot be studied using single-digit material. Thus, multi-digit number processing and it…

  • This monograph provides an overview of recent developments in and new applications for multinomial processing tree (MPT) modeling in cognitive psychology and related fields.Multinomial models are a class of stochastic models tailored to specific research paradigms that allow the measurement of latent cognitive processes underlying observed responses. An introductory review and literature survey i…

  • Ever more researchers in the social sciences and market research are interested in using the benefits of the Internet to obtain data, and as this book shows online studies can address many questions that are asked by social scientists. This unique text provides comprehensive and up-to-date information, from the basics upwards, about online research methods, technical approaches to data collection…

  • Introduces optimal design strategies and gives an overview of new developments and applications relevant to topics in psychology, such as event history analysis, fMRI, and test assemblyThe quality of experimental studies substantially depends on their design, which needs to be specified before data collection. The demand for optimal designs in psychological research and related fields has grown i…

  • The latest findings from person-oriented research.Research has shown that statements at the aggregate level rarely apply at the level of smaller numbers of cases or individuals. The first tenet of person-oriented research is therefore that structure and development of behavior are, at least in part, specific to the individual. While aggregate-level statements may be correct, they cover only that …

  • The placebo effect is probably the most striking and well known demonstration ofthe interaction between psychological and somatic factors. This compendium byleading experts presents the latest findings on this complex psychobiological process.It provides insights into the underlying mechanisms and the neurobiologicalfoundation of the placebo effect and shows how we can now develop principlesfor c…

  • Leading experts describe the state-of-the-art in developing and constructing psychometric testsThis latest volume in the series Psychological Assessment – Science and Practice describes the current state-of-the-art in test development and construction. The past 10-20 years have seen substantial advances in the methods used to develop and administer tests. In this volume many of the world’s le…

  • Ambulatory assessment – the acquisition of psychological and/or physiological data in a natural setting – is a field in which, as this book’s title indicates, rapid progress is being made. Indeed, ambulatory assessment is entering a period of transition: IT and online techniques are being developed and refined, and ever more researchers and clinicians from various fields are coming to reali…