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The Psychic Life of Micro-Organisms - A Study in Experimental Psychology (Paperback): Alfred Binet The Psychic Life of Micro-Organisms - A Study in Experimental Psychology (Paperback)
Alfred Binet
R394 Discovery Miles 3 940 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Evolution of Suicide (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): C A Soper The Evolution of Suicide (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
C A Soper
R3,237 R2,976 Discovery Miles 29 760 Save R261 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"[A] fascinating read... Contrary to what the title might suggest, this is an upbeat exploration of suicide with a positive message." --Jeanine Connor, Therapy Today, December, 2018 This thought-provoking volume offers a distinctly human evolutionary analysis of a distinctly human phenomenon: suicide. Its 'pain and brain' model posits animal adaptations as the motivator for suicidal escape, and specific human cognitive adaptations as supplying the means , while also providing a plausible explanation for why only a relatively small number of humans actually take their own lives. The author hypothesizes two types of anti-suicide responses, active and reactive mechanisms prompted by the brain as suicide deterrents. Proposed as well is the intriguing prospect that mental disorders such as depression and addiction, long associated with suicidality, may serve as survival measures. Among the topics covered: * Suicide as an evolutionary puzzle. * The protection against suicide afforded to animals and young children. * Suicide as a by-product of pain and human cognition. * Why psychodynamic defenses regulate the experiencing of painful events. * Links between suicidality and positive psychology. * The anti-suicide role of spiritual and religious belief. In raising and considering key questions regarding this most controversial act, The Evolution of Suicide will appeal to researchers across a range of behavioral science disciplines. At the same time, the book's implications for clinical intervention and prevention will make it useful among mental health professionals and those involved with mental health policy.

Understanding Statistics and Experimental Design - How to Not Lie with Statistics (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019): Michael H. Herzog,... Understanding Statistics and Experimental Design - How to Not Lie with Statistics (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019)
Michael H. Herzog, Gregory Francis, Aaron Clarke
R1,347 R1,174 Discovery Miles 11 740 Save R173 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This open access textbook provides the background needed to correctly use, interpret and understand statistics and statistical data in diverse settings. Part I makes key concepts in statistics readily clear. Parts I and II give an overview of the most common tests (t-test, ANOVA, correlations) and work out their statistical principles. Part III provides insight into meta-statistics (statistics of statistics) and demonstrates why experiments often do not replicate. Finally, the textbook shows how complex statistics can be avoided by using clever experimental design. Both non-scientists and students in Biology, Biomedicine and Engineering will benefit from the book by learning the statistical basis of scientific claims and by discovering ways to evaluate the quality of scientific reports in academic journals and news outlets.

Research Methods and Survey Applications - Outlines and Activities from a Christian Perspective, 2nd Edition (Paperback): David... Research Methods and Survey Applications - Outlines and Activities from a Christian Perspective, 2nd Edition (Paperback)
David R Dunaetz
R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Psychological Science (Book, 6th ed.): Michael Gazzaniga Psychological Science (Book, 6th ed.)
Michael Gazzaniga
R4,188 Discovery Miles 41 880 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Evaluation in the Face of Uncertainty - Anticipating Surprise and Responding to the Inevitable (Paperback, New): Jonathan A... Evaluation in the Face of Uncertainty - Anticipating Surprise and Responding to the Inevitable (Paperback, New)
Jonathan A Morell
R930 Discovery Miles 9 300 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Unexpected events during an evaluation all too often send evaluators into crisis mode. This insightful book provides a systematic framework for diagnosing, anticipating, accommodating, and reining in costs of evaluation surprises. The result is evaluation that is better from a methodological point of view, and more responsive to stakeholders. Jonathan A. Morell identifies the types of surprises that arise at different stages of a program's life cycle and that may affect different aspects of the evaluation, from stakeholder relationships to data quality, methodology, funding, deadlines, information use, and program outcomes. His analysis draws on 18 concise cases from well-known researchers in a variety of evaluation settings. Morell offers guidelines for responding effectively to surprises and for determining the risks and benefits of potential solutions.

Advances in Configural Frequency Analysis (Hardcover): Alexander Von Eye, Patrick Mair, Eun Young Mun Advances in Configural Frequency Analysis (Hardcover)
Alexander Von Eye, Patrick Mair, Eun Young Mun
R1,328 Discovery Miles 13 280 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Using real-world data examples, this authoritative book shows how to use the latest configural frequency analysis (CFA) techniques to analyze categorical data. Some of the techniques are presented here for the first time. In contrast to such methods as log-linear modeling, which focus on relationships among variables, CFA allows researchers to evaluate differences and change at the level of individual cells in a table. Illustrated are ways to identify and test for cell configurations that are either consistent with or contrary to hypothesized patterns (the types and antitypes of CFA); control for potential covariates that might influence observed results; develop innovative prediction models; address questions of moderation and mediation; and analyze intensive longitudinal data. The book also describes free software applications for executing CFA.

This book will be invaluable to researchers and graduate students in psychology, education, management, public health, sociology, and other social, behavioral, and health science disciplines. It will also serve as a supplemental text in graduate-level courses on categorical data analysis, longitudinal analysis, and person-oriented research.

Mathematical Modeling of Social Relationships - What Mathematics Can Tell Us About People (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Urszula... Mathematical Modeling of Social Relationships - What Mathematics Can Tell Us About People (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Urszula Strawinska-Zanko, Larry S. Liebovitch
R2,418 R1,938 Discovery Miles 19 380 Save R480 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This edited volume presents examples of social science research projects that employ new methods of quantitative analysis and mathematical modeling of social processes. This book presents the fascinating areas of empirical and theoretical investigations that use formal mathematics in a way that is accessible for individuals lacking extensive expertise but still desiring to expand their scope of research methodology and add to their data analysis toolbox. Mathematical Modeling of Social Relationships professes how mathematical modeling can help us understand the fundamental, compelling, and yet sometimes complicated concepts that arise in the social sciences. This volume will appeal to upper-level students and researchers in a broad area of fields within the social sciences, as well as the disciplines of social psychology, complex systems, and applied mathematics.

The Theory and Practice of Item Response Theory (Hardcover): R. J. De Ayala The Theory and Practice of Item Response Theory (Hardcover)
R. J. De Ayala
R1,802 Discovery Miles 18 020 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Item response theory (IRT) is a latent variable modeling approach used to minimize bias and optimize the measurement power of educational and psychological tests and other psychometric applications.Designed for researchers, psychometric professionals, and advanced students, this book clearly presents both the "how-to" and the "why" of IRT. It describes simple and more complex IRT models and shows how they are applied with the help of widely available software packages. Chapters follow a consistent format and build sequentially, taking the reader from model development through the fit analysis and interpretation phases that one would perform in practice. The use of common empirical data sets across the chapters facilitates understanding of the various models and how they relate to one another.

If You Don't Ask It's Always No - Notebook (Paperback): Wild Pages Press If You Don't Ask It's Always No - Notebook (Paperback)
Wild Pages Press
R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
If You Don't Ask You Never Get - Notebook (Paperback): Wild Pages Press If You Don't Ask You Never Get - Notebook (Paperback)
Wild Pages Press
R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Becoming a Behavioral Science Researcher - A Guide to Producing Research that Matters (Paperback, annotated edition): Rex B.... Becoming a Behavioral Science Researcher - A Guide to Producing Research that Matters (Paperback, annotated edition)
Rex B. Kline
R948 R762 Discovery Miles 7 620 Save R186 (20%) Ships in 4 - 8 working days

Students and beginning researchers often discover that their introductory statistics and methods courses have not fully equipped them to plan and execute their own behavioral research studies. This indispensable book bridges the gap between coursework and conducting independent research. With clarity and wit, the author helps the reader build needed skills to formulate a precise, meaningful research question; understand the pros and cons of widely used research designs and analysis options; correctly interpret the outcomes of statistical tests; make informed measurement choices for a particular study; manage the practical aspects of data screening and preparation; and craft effective journal articles, oral presentations, and posters. Including annotated examples and recommended readings, most chapters feature theoretical and computer-based exercises; an answer appendix at the back of the book allows readers to check their work.

Essential Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Gregory J. Privitera Essential Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Gregory J. Privitera
R2,136 Discovery Miles 21 360 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Students across the behavioural and social sciences

Research Methods for Cognitive Neuroscience (Hardcover): Aaron Newman Research Methods for Cognitive Neuroscience (Hardcover)
Aaron Newman
R2,877 R2,584 Discovery Miles 25 840 Save R293 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This fresh, new textbook provides a thorough and student-friendly guide to the different techniques used in cognitive neuroscience. Given the breadth of neuroimaging techniques available today, this text is invaluable, serving as an approachable text for students, researchers, and writers. This text provides the right level of detail for those who wish to understand the basics of neuroimaging and also provides more advanced material in order to learn further about particular techniques. With a conversational, student-friendly writing style, Aaron Newman introduces the key principles of neuroimaging techniques, the relevant theory and the recent changes in the field.

The Freedom Model for the Family (Paperback): Michelle L Dunbar, Steven Slate, Mark W Scheeren The Freedom Model for the Family (Paperback)
Michelle L Dunbar, Steven Slate, Mark W Scheeren
R235 R203 Discovery Miles 2 030 Save R32 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Wisemen Notebook (Paperback): Wild Pages Press Wisemen Notebook (Paperback)
Wild Pages Press
R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Blue Marble Evaluation - Premises and Principles (Paperback): Michael Quinn Patton Blue Marble Evaluation - Premises and Principles (Paperback)
Michael Quinn Patton
R1,019 Discovery Miles 10 190 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

As a transdisciplinary profession, evaluation has much to offer to global change interventions that work toward a sustainable future across national boundaries, sectors, and issues. This book introduces Blue Marble evaluation, which provides a framework for developing, adapting, and evaluating major systems change initiatives involving complex networks of stakeholders. Michael Quinn Patton demonstrates how the four overarching principles and 12 operating principles of this innovative approach allow evaluators, planners, and implementers to home in on sustainability and equity issues in an intervention. Compelling case examples, bulleted review lists, charts, and 80 original exhibits and graphics connect the global and local, the human and ecological. Rooted in utilization-focused, developmental, and principles-focused evaluation, Blue Marble evaluation is designed to tackle problems outside the reach of traditional evaluation practice.

Effects of Trait-Mindfulness on the Stress-induced Shift from Goal-directed Actions towards Habits (Paperback): Gerrit Karpowski Effects of Trait-Mindfulness on the Stress-induced Shift from Goal-directed Actions towards Habits (Paperback)
Gerrit Karpowski
R448 Discovery Miles 4 480 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Statistical Concepts - A Second Course (Hardcover, 5th New edition): Debbie L. Hahs-Vaughn, Richard G Lomax Statistical Concepts - A Second Course (Hardcover, 5th New edition)
Debbie L. Hahs-Vaughn, Richard G Lomax
R2,921 Discovery Miles 29 210 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Statistical Concepts-A Second Course presents the last 10 chapters from An Introduction to Statistical Concepts, Fourth Edition. Designed for second and upper-level statistics courses, this book highlights how statistics work and how best to utilize them to aid students in the analysis of their own data and the interpretation of research results. In this new edition, Hahs-Vaughn and Lomax discuss sensitivity, specificity, false positive and false negative errors. Coverage of effect sizes has been expanded upon and more organizational features (to summarize key concepts) have been included. A final chapter on mediation and moderation has been added for a more complete presentation of regression models. In addition to instructions and screen shots for using SPSS, new to this edition is annotated script for using R. This book acts as a clear and accessible instructional tool to help readers fully understand statistical concepts and how to apply them to data. It is an invaluable resource for students undertaking a course in statistics in any number of social science and behavioral science disciplines.

Statistical Rethinking - A Bayesian Course with Examples in R and STAN (Hardcover, 2nd New edition): Richard McElreath Statistical Rethinking - A Bayesian Course with Examples in R and STAN (Hardcover, 2nd New edition)
Richard McElreath
R2,177 Discovery Miles 21 770 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Statistical Rethinking: A Bayesian Course with Examples in R and Stan builds your knowledge of and confidence in making inferences from data. Reflecting the need for scripting in today's model-based statistics, the book pushes you to perform step-by-step calculations that are usually automated. This unique computational approach ensures that you understand enough of the details to make reasonable choices and interpretations in your own modeling work. The text presents causal inference and generalized linear multilevel models from a simple Bayesian perspective that builds on information theory and maximum entropy. The core material ranges from the basics of regression to advanced multilevel models. It also presents measurement error, missing data, and Gaussian process models for spatial and phylogenetic confounding. The second edition emphasizes the directed acyclic graph (DAG) approach to causal inference, integrating DAGs into many examples. The new edition also contains new material on the design of prior distributions, splines, ordered categorical predictors, social relations models, cross-validation, importance sampling, instrumental variables, and Hamiltonian Monte Carlo. It ends with an entirely new chapter that goes beyond generalized linear modeling, showing how domain-specific scientific models can be built into statistical analyses. Features Integrates working code into the main text Illustrates concepts through worked data analysis examples Emphasizes understanding assumptions and how assumptions are reflected in code Offers more detailed explanations of the mathematics in optional sections Presents examples of using the dagitty R package to analyze causal graphs Provides the rethinking R package on the author's website and on GitHub

Evaluation Essentials, Second Edition - From A to Z (Hardcover, 2nd New edition): Marvin C. Alkin, Anne T. Vo Evaluation Essentials, Second Edition - From A to Z (Hardcover, 2nd New edition)
Marvin C. Alkin, Anne T. Vo
R1,871 Discovery Miles 18 710 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Thoroughly revised and updated, this engaging text has given thousands of students and new evaluators the practical information and expert advice needed to conduct or use evaluations. In 26 concise sections, the book describes how to articulate answerable evaluation questions, collect and analyze data using both quantitative and qualitative methods, and deal with contingencies that might alter the traditional sequence of an evaluation. Special strengths of the text are its attention to individual, organizational, and community culture and emphasis on building collaborative relationships with stakeholders. An in-depth case study and related end-of-section exercises (including group activities) help students put themselves in the evaluator role. Other pedagogical features include section titles written as questions, bulleted recaps of each section, "Thinking Ahead" and "Next Steps" pointers, cautionary notes, and suggestions for further reading. New to This Edition *New and expanded topics: evaluation contracts, budgeting, surveys, data visualization, qualitative coding and memoing, factors affecting evaluation use, and context-sensitive evaluation. *Revised case study with extended exercises that guide the reader to complete a simulated evaluation. *End-of-section "Quick Read" links to recommended American Evaluation Association blog posts. *Four entirely new sections (such as "How Do You Strengthen Relationships with Stakeholders?" and "How Do We Plan a Process-Focused Evaluation Design?"), plus other changes and additions throughout.

Cognitive conflict in Science - Demonstrations in what scientists talk about and study. (Paperback): Brett Buttliere Cognitive conflict in Science - Demonstrations in what scientists talk about and study. (Paperback)
Brett Buttliere
R187 Discovery Miles 1 870 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Science of Living Your Dreams - Law of Attraction (Paperback): Brian Glenn The Science of Living Your Dreams - Law of Attraction (Paperback)
Brian Glenn
R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Daten Und Statistik - Eine Praktische Einfuhrung Fur Den Bachelor in Psychologie Und Sozialwissenschaften (German, Paperback,... Daten Und Statistik - Eine Praktische Einfuhrung Fur Den Bachelor in Psychologie Und Sozialwissenschaften (German, Paperback, 2012 ed.)
Gabriele Hornsteiner
R856 R735 Discovery Miles 7 350 Save R121 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Daten sind Gold. Dieses Gold liegt auf der Strasse allerdings meistens in unansehnlichen Erzklumpen. Man findet es beispielsweise in Unternehmensdatenbanken oder bei speziellen Erhebungen. Wie man das Goldgewinnt- alsoDaten richtig auswertet und die Auswertung interpretiert dasfindet sich in"Daten und Statistik" furSozialwissenschaftler und Psychologen. Dieses leicht verstandlich geschriebeneKompaktbuch zum systematischen und anwendungsnahen Einstieg richtet sich an Studierende, die in wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten mit diversen Daten konfrontiert sind, und an in statistischen Methoden unerfahrene Praktiker. Mit den anschaulichen undalltagsnahen Beispielen wird es fur jeden Leser eine wertvolle Hilfe sein."

Adapting Tests in Linguistic and Cultural Situations (Paperback): Dragos Iliescu Adapting Tests in Linguistic and Cultural Situations (Paperback)
Dragos Iliescu
R810 Discovery Miles 8 100 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book explores test adaptation, a scientific and professional activity now spanning all of the social and behavioural sciences. Adapting tests to various linguistic and cultural contexts is a critical process in today's globalized world, and requires a combination of knowledge and skills from psychometrics, cross-cultural psychology and others. This volume provides a step-by-step approach to cross-cultural test adaptation, emphatically presented as a melange between science and practice. The volume is driven by the first-hand practical experience of the author in a large number of test adaptation projects in various cultures, and is supported by the consistent scientific body of knowledge accumulated over the last several decades on the topic. It is the first of its kind: an in-depth treatise and guide on why and how to adapt a test to a new culture in such a way as to preserve its psychometric value.

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