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Understanding and Using Statistics in Psychology

Understanding and Using Statistics in Psychology
A Practical Introduction

May 2007 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Understanding and Using Statistics in Psychology takes the fear out of psychological statistics to help students understand why statistics are carried out, how to choose the best test, how to carry out the tests, and then perform the analysis in SPSS.
Emphasizing the place of statistical analysis in the process of conducting research, from design to report writing, this accessible and straightforward guide takes a non-technical approach, encouraging the reader to understand why a particular test is being used and what the results mean in the context of a psychological study. The focus is on meaning and understanding rather than numerical calculation.

Key Features:
  • Light and accessible style
  • Descriptions of the most commonly used statistical tests and the principles that underlie them
  • Real world psychological example datasets to aid the understanding of why statistics are valuable
  • Boxes on common errors, tips and quotes
  • Test yourself questions

The perfect introductory resource, Understanding and Using Statistics in Psychology will guide any student new to statistics effortlessly through the process of test selection and analysis.

How To Get Started with Statistics
Descriptive Statistics
Samples, Populations and the Normal Distribution
Making Inferences
Confidence Limits and Statistical Significance

Analyzing Data from Repeated Measures Experiments
Analyzing Data from Independent Groups
Continuous Ordinal Measures

Analyzing Data from Independent Groups
Categorical Measures

Relationships between Variables
Correlation and Regression

Introducing Analysis of Variance
Analysing Questionnaires and Measurement Instruments
Thinking Some More about Statistics
Report Writing

'The book comprehensively covers all the main areas of statistical research one would expect at an undergraduate level...the subtitle for this book is How I Came To Know and Love the Standard Error. Now, whilst my feelings towards the standard error have not been considerably altered, at the very least I have been entertained and amused but above all informed by this readable book.'
Deaglan Page
Psychology: Learning & Teaching

clear and concise and often funny

Ms Alexandra de Sousa
Department of Psychology, Bath Spa University
November 6, 2016

Very useful introduction to statistics for social and behavioral sciences students.

Dr Gerhard Majce
Department of Sociology, University of Vienna
April 5, 2014

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