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Overview

Designed for those approaching this subject for the first time, Easy Statistics in Psychology is a short, readable guide to the ideas behind statistical formulae and the benefits that a rigorous statistical approach brings to psychological research. Packed with useful analogies, it helps students get beyond the numbers.

  • Focuses on the ideas and practicalities of statistics in psychology, rather than an array of complex numbers and formulas
  • Covers the key tests and concepts relevant to the undergraduate student
  • Includes a helpful section on the uses and abuses of statistics, outlining when the specific tests can be used and when they should not
  • Written by the author of Your Undergraduate Psychology Project: A BPS Guide (Blackwell, 2004)
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"This text speaks statistics in a psychologist's language. It avoids mathematical rigour and equations and eases the reader into the unfamiliar territory of statistical methodology with the more familiar map of a relaxed conversational style. This approach should be particularly appealing for people from a non-numerate background who are interested in exploring the potential of what statistics can do to help them understand their data."
Peter Watson, University of Cambridge

"Many psychology students are scared of statistics. In Easy Statistics in Psychology Mark Forshaw attempts to demystify the most common and useful statistics in psychology and make them accessible and perhaps even cuddly. Mark has taught statistics to many undergraduates and it shows, particularly in his use of helpful analogies and his insight into the common, but rarely discussed, errors students make in data entry and in interpretation of the complex output from statistical packages. This book nicely complements other more advanced or technical texts. Most psychology undergraduates will find it helpful; for some it may be a God send."
Derek Johnston, Professor in Psychology, University of Aberdeen

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405139564
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/4/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 0.38 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Forshaw is Principal Lecturer in Psychology at Staffordshire University. He is a Chartered Health Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is the author of Your Undergraduate Psychology Project: A BPS Guide (BPS Blackwell, 2004). 

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Table of Contents

Preface.

1. An Introduction to Measuring Things.

2. Variance and More.

3. Probability, Power and Error.

4. First Steps in Inferential Testing.

5. Analysis of Variance.

6. Correlation and Regression.

7. Factor Analysis.

8. Goodness of Fit and Chi-Squared.

9. Non-parametric Tests.

10. Rarely Used Tests in the Seedy Underbelly of Statistics.

References.

Further Reading.

Index

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