Statistics in Psychology: An Historical Perspective / Edition 2

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Overview

This book presents an historical overview of the field—from its development to the present—at an accessible mathematical level. This edition features two new chapters—one on factor analysis and the other on the rise of ANOVA usage in psychological research.

Written for psychology, as well as other social science students, this book introduces the major personalities and their roles in the development of the field. It provides insight into the disciplines of statistics and experimental design through the examination of the character of its founders and the nature of their views, which were sometimes personal and ideological, rather than objective and scientific. It motivates further study by illustrating the human component of this field, adding dimension to an area that is typically very technical.

Intended for advanced undergraduate and/or graduate students in psychology and other social sciences, this book will also be of interest to instructors and/or researchers interested in the origins of this omnipresent discipline.

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Presents a historical overview of the field at an accessible mathematical level, for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in psychology and other social sciences. Delves into topics such as measurement, distribution, sampling, experimental design, and other statistical techniques found in basic texts. Also introduces major personalities and their role in the development of the field, showing that their views were sometimes personal and ideological rather than objective and scientific. This second edition features new chapters on factor analysis and ANOVA. The author is affiliated with York University, Toronto. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805835106
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. The Development of Statistics. Science, Psychology and Statistics. Measurement. The Organization of Data. Probability. Distributions. Practical Inference. Sampling and Estimation. Sampling Distributions. Comparisons, Correlations, and Predictions. Factor Analysis. The Design of Experiments. Assessing Differences and Having Confidence. Treatments and Effects: The Rise of ANOVA. The Statistical Hotpot.

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