Textbook Intended for "Consumers" as
Well as Producers of
Posted September 2, 2002
HOLLAND -- Not only producers but also "consumers"
of research are intended to benefit from "Research Methods
in Psychology," a textbook co-authored by Dr. John
Shaughnessy of the Hope College faculty and recently
published in a sixth edition.
"We recognize that most students in our classes
will be consumers of research and not producers of
research," Shaughnessy and his co-authors, Gene and Jeanne
Zechmeister of the psychology faculty at Loyola University
of Chicago, Ill., note in their preface. "Students who
choose to take on either role will benefit from developing
critical thinking skills. We believe that we can best help
our students think critically by taking a problem-solving
approach to the study of research methods."
The textbook provides up-to-date explanations of
how psychologists pose questions, execute studies, analyze
data and interpret their findings. In the new edition,
Shaughnessy and his co-authors liken the scientific process
to the criminal justice process.
"Detectives can know the excitement of discovering
a critical piece of evidence. Prosecuting attorneys can
know the satisfaction of bringing a guilty person to
justice, and defense attorneys can prevent a miscarriage of
justice. Judges and juries bear the responsibility for
discovering the truth," they write in the preface.
"Research psychologists play all these roles as they search
for evidence, make the case, and render verdicts about what
principles of behavior and mental processes are true."
The book is published by McGraw-Hill Inc. of New
York, N.Y. Since the first edition appeared in 1985,
"Research Methods in Psychology" has been used at many
colleges and universities throughout the United States and
Canada. The textbook has been praised by adopters for the
clarity of its writing style, its logical organization and
depth of coverage, and the wide variety of examples from
different fields of psychology.
Shaughnessy is a professor of psychology at Hope.
He joined the college's faculty in 1975 after completing the
B.S. degree at Loyola University of Chicago in 1969 and his
doctorate at Northwestern University in 1972. He is also
co-author, with Benton J. Underwood, of "Experimentation in
Psychology" (Wiley, 1975) and of "Essentials of Research
Methods of Psychology," with Jeanne and Gene Zechmeister
He is a Fellow of the American Psychological
Society whose recent research has focused on practical
aspects of memory. He served as chair of the college's
department of psychology from the spring of 1997 until the
fall of 2000. The college's graduating class selected him
as the college's "Hope Outstanding Professor Educator" in