Psychology Statistics For Dummies

Psychology Statistics For Dummies

Psychology Statistics For Dummies

The introduction to statistics that psychology students can’t afford to be without

Understanding statistics is a requirement for obtaining and making the most of a degree in psychology, a fact of life that often takes first year psychology students by surprise. Filled with jargon-free explanations and real-life examples, Psychology Statistics For Dummies makes the often-confusing world of statistics a lot less baffling, and provides you with the step-by-step instructions necessary for carrying out data analysis.

Psychology Statistics For Dummies:

  • Serves as an easily accessible supplement to doorstop-sized psychology textbooks
  • Provides psychology students with psychology-specific statistics instruction
  • Includes clear explanations and instruction on performing statistical analysis
  • Teaches students how to analyze their data with SPSS, the most widely used statistical packages among students

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  1. Jennifer Miller "Kaydence" said,

    Wrote on July 20, 2013 @ 4:33 am

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    5.0 out of 5 stars
    SPSS info included, lifesaver, April 24, 2013
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    Purchasing this book just for the SPSS information is well worth it. The fact that there are other concepts within the book is just icing on the cake. My husband is in psychology and I am in education. Our worlds often collide. It’s been awhile since I’ve been in school, some my statistics are rusty; however, I’m heavy into educational research. Currently, the only type of educational research that receives federal funding is quantitative. So, here comes statistics that I haven’t studied in (dare I say) 10 years. The university has thankfully provided me with SPSS to crunch numbers, but no training or manual on how to use it. This has been a LIFE SAVER! For the amount of money that software manuals cost and the fact that you have to be a computer genius in order to understand the lingo, a general book for dummies is the way to go. This book is very easy to read. It is laid out perfectly for a quick reference if you have a question and the directions for SPSS helped me work through the software on my very first try.

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  2. Michael Hallisey "Ex Fossor Sessio In Angulus" said,

    Wrote on July 20, 2013 @ 4:40 am

    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Well-Executed Statistics Text & How-To, May 17, 2013
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    Michael Hallisey “Ex Fossor Sessio In Angulus” (Southern Maryland, USA) –
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    Here are two questions that defined my experience with this book. Question 1: When is the last time you read a statistics text from cover to cover? Question 2: If you have done so, can you say you enjoyed it?

    And here are my answers. I had never – of my own free will – read a stats book cover to cover. And I certainly never enjoyed the experience. Until this book.

    I really can’t find fault with the book. Having just completed two semesters of statistics (an undergrad pre-req & a graduate research methods class) the book did a great job of increasing my understanding of the material we covered in the classes. Hanna and Dempster have an easy way about them as they explain essential concepts in a meaningful and thorough manner. As a result I feel far more comfortable “working the numbers” than I did beforehand (this is no mean feat: the last time I took a statistics class, hand held calculators were still unaffordable, most of us used either pencil/paper or slide rules, and I barely, barely, barely eeked out a passing grade!).

    Depending on your perspective, the coverage of SPSS will be either a boon or an attempt to pad the book into something more substantive (is it a psychology stats book or an SPSS how-to manual?). Initially, I had no interest in SPSS (I was still trying to conquer my graphing calculator and was dabbling in Minitab) so I thought the SPSS coverage an annoyance. However, due to the authors’ “gentle instruction,” as I became more comfortable with the concepts of statistics I saw how the authors integrated SPSS usage in a way that further increased my understanding of the material. As a result I came to see the SPSS coverage as both essential and meaningful (bonus: it has also helped me with Minitab).

    So in the end I am left with these three thoughts: first, while the title of the book is not misleading it is not entirely accurate either (yes, it is a book about psychology statistics, but it is also about how you can work them using SPSS and the title should probably do a better job of stating that). Second, (believe it or not) this is a statistics book to be enjoyed. Take your time (if you can) and do so! Finally, as the authors are British/Northern Irish, the examples/spelling/syntax are of a U.K. flavor. Allow yourself the joy of a experiencing a different, more lyrical flavor of our Mother Tongue and don’t be put off.

    A superb effort; I hope Hanna and Dempster continue to remain involved with the book and update it as necessary. 5 stars!

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  3. kstars "truth-seeker" said,

    Wrote on July 20, 2013 @ 5:23 am

    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    SPSS software does the number-crunching, May 1, 2013
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    I am a layman, but wanted to understand a bit about statistics for Psychology. After reading this book, it occurred to me that I would not use this book to help me pass statistics class, unless I used it as a reference. Without an overabundance of psychological jargon, this book makes learning key concepts and running SPSS software much more accessible. I’m not worried about the Math. SPSS software (student used version) is accessible and easy to understand with this book. The software does the number-crunching.

    Too often, books are written in a way that complicates the learning process. This one is better in that way.

    I have always been interested in statistics, since Psych 101. It makes me feel like I can make more informed choices. I’ve always wanted it to be more accessible.

    “Dummies” books are always good, and they have certain conventions that make the books easy to understand. An example is: “Dummies” books have special icons that tell you key things about what you are about to read. There are tips, memory joggers, signals of common errors, and when things get technical.

    I didn’t get lost with this book, as much as I would have reading a college text. At least that is what I think.

    I recommend this book as a reference for students, or as a text for laypeople.

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