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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Theory of Counterfactual Thinking

In this informative and straightforward guide, author Harris Cooper goes beyond the proper treatment of human research subjects to Counterfactuality is currently a hotly debated topic. While for some disciplines, such as linguistics, cognitive science, or psychology, counterfactual scenarios have been an important object of study for quite a while, counterfactual thinking has in recent years emerged as a method of study for other disciplines, most notably the social sciences. This volume provides an overview of the current definitions and uses of the concept of counterfactuality in philosophy, historiography, political sciences, psychology, linguistics, physics, and literary studies.

Friday, May 8, 2015

10 Breakthrough Therapies for Parkinson's Disease

Michael S. Okun, M.D. is internationally celebrated as both a neurologist and a leading researcher. He has often been referred to as, “the voice of the Parkinson’s disease patient.” He was honored at the White House in 2015 as a Champion of Change for Parkinson’s disease. He has an international following on the National Parkinson Foundation’s Ask the Doctor web-forum and he is a Professor of Neurology at the University of Florida Health Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. His many books and internet blog posts are brimming with up-to date and extremely practical information. This book is the sequel to his runaway bestseller, Parkinson’s Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life, which was translated into over 20 languages. Dr. Okun is well known for infusing his readers with positivity and optimism. In his latest book he reveals the breakthroughs in Parkinson’s disease that will pave the road to meaningful progress. In this book he reviews all of the recent breakthrough ideas and therapies in Parkinson’s disease, and he reviews the knowledge gained which is extending far beyond a single drug or stem cell. He paints the broader and more exciting picture and reviews the portfolio of breakthroughs spanning drug, cell, vaccine, device, genetics, care, and behavior. He believes that patients and families with personal investments in Parkinson’s disease should be informed and updated about all of these potential breakthrough therapies. This book informs, educates, and will inspire Parkinson’s disease patients, family members, as well as health care professionals and scientists. As Dr. Okun points out, we will journey toward better treatments -- and one day a cure.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ethical Choices in Research: Managing Data, Writing Reports, and Publishing Results in the Social Sciences

In this informative and straightforward guide, author Harris Cooper goes beyond the proper treatment of human research subjects to examine frequently neglected ethical issues that arise after the subjects have left. He teaches students and researchers how to avoid these issues through careful planning that begins in the very early stages of a project's inception. Readers will learn about important ethical considerations related to: collecting, managing, and interpreting study data; assigning research responsibilities and authorships to team members; preparing and publishing research reports; and interacting with the media and the scientific community after publication.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Applied Linear Regression

The Fourth Edition of Applied Linear Regression provides a thorough update of the basic theory and methodology of linear regression modeling. Demonstrating the practical applications of linear regression analysis techniques, the Fourth Edition uses interesting, real-world exercises and examples.

Stressing central concepts such as model building, understanding parameters, assessing fit and reliability, and drawing conclusions, the new edition illustrates how to develop estimation, confidence, and testing procedures primarily through the use of least squares regression. While maintaining the accessible appeal of each previous edition,Applied Linear Regression, Fourth Edition features:
  • Graphical methods stressed in the initial exploratory phase, analysis phase, and summarization phase of an analysis
  • In-depth coverage of parameter estimates in both simple and complex models, transformations, and regression diagnostics
  • Newly added material on topics including testing, ANOVA, and variance assumptions
  • Updated methodology, such as bootstrapping, cross-validation binomial and Poisson regression, and modern model selection methods
Applied Linear Regression, Fourth Edition is an excellent textbook for upper-undergraduate and graduate-level students, as well as an appropriate reference guide for practitioners and applied statisticians in engineering, business administration, economics, and the social sciences.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Wadsworth Guide to Research

Develop the research skills you need for success in academic, career, and everyday situations with THE WADSWORTH GUIDE TO RESEARCH. Recognizing that technology is a part of your daily life, the authors will show you how to apply the research skills you use every day (buying a car, choosing a movie, etc.) to academic and professional settings. Annotated student samples, research scenarios, and Techno Tips show you the "how" and "why" of researching and the key research technologies important to success. Available with InfoTrac Student Collections

The Interplay of Truth and Deception: New Agendas in Theory and Research

During the past 30 years, there have been a steadily increasing number of scientific and popular publications dealing with lying and deception. Questions about the extent to which public officials are deceptive are standard fare in current magazines and newspapers. This volume aims to present on a more precise conceptualization of this phenomenon, manifested in some well-known constructions like spin, hype, doublespeak, equivocation, and contextomy (quoting out of context). The contents of the volume have been generated for the New Agendas symposium at the University of Texas College of Communication, and all the authors are young, leading-edge researchers offering innovative perspectives and explorations of lying and deception in various contexts. This volume will appeal to scholars, researchers, and advanced/graduate students in communication, media, and psychology. It is written to the level of advanced undergraduates, and it is appropriate for use in courses covering lying and deception.

Peer Review and Manuscript Management in Scientific Journals: Guidelines for Good Practice

This comprehensive yet concise book provides a thorough and complete guide to every aspect of managing the peer review process for scientific journals. Until now, little information has been readily available on how this important facet of the journal publishing process should be conducted properly. Peer Review and Manuscript Management in Scientific Journals fills this gap and provides clear guidance on all aspects of peer review, from manuscript submission to final decision. Peer Review and Manuscript Management in Scientific Journals is an essential reference for science journal editors, editorial office staff and publishers. It is an invaluable handbook for the set-up of new Editorial Offices, as well as a useful reference for well-established journals which may need guidance on a particular situation, or may want to review their current practices. Although intended primarily for journals in science, much of its content will be relevant to other scholarly areas.