Understanding Psychology as a Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Statistical Inference / Edition 1

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An accessible and illuminating exploration of the conceptual basisof scientific and statistical inference and the practical impact this has on conducting psychological research. The book encourages a critical discussion of the different approaches and looks at some of the most important thinkers and their influence.

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"An engrossing read. Dienes relates statistical controversies to general issues in the philosophy of science, and in so doing puts common misconceptions right. The book is full of advice that makes the difference between a mediocre and expert researcher. Despite some difficult passages I was drawn into the story and imagine that when reading about statistics - remarkable! In sum: A very useful correction to our typical methods courses for advanced undergrads, graduates, and even many established researchers." - Professor Josef Perner, University of Salzburg

"Quite remarkable. A text book on research methods that actually explains how science works, why it has the exciting texture that it does and what the philosophical principles are that underlie it. It will change the way in which research methods courses are taught in the social sciences which, I think, is a very good thing...This volume has the potential to stimulate a dramatic and welcome shift in how social scientists are trained." - Arthur Reber, Broeklundian Professor, Emeritus, CUNY".

"I can thoroughly recommend this book. Dienes makes topics that are often dull interesting, covers positions he does not favour fairly and comprehensively, and describes all the important issues succinctly without covering the many things that, whilst interesting to people working in the field, are probably irrelevant to a basic grounding. In short, a really nice, brief, but comprehensive account of the important issues underlying psychology understanding." - Dr Roland Baddeley, University of Bristol, UK

"This book presents psychology students with a careful line of argument, and is in itself an excellent example of how to write. It provides an authoritative and lucid treatment of the scientific nature of psychology that will appeal to undergraduates and anyone else interested in the tussle between science and irrationality." - Morag Maclean, Oxford Brookes University, UK.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230542310
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/15/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 150
  • Sales rank: 1,328,910
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

ZOLTAN DIENES is a Reader in Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex, UK. His publications include Implicit Learning: Theoretical and Empirical Issues (1993 with Dianne Berry) and various papers on implicit learning, computational modelling, and the nature of consciousness.

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Table of Contents

Karl Popper and demarcation * Kuhn and Lakatos: Paradigms and programmes * Neyman, Pearson and hypothesis testing
• Bayes and the probability of hypotheses * Fisher and the likelihood: The Royall road to evidence

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