Statistics in Psychology

Statistics in Psychology : Explanations without Equations

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How do you choose the appropriate statistical method for any given research task? What are the features that discern one statistical method from another, and for which research projects are they appropriate to use? Written specifically with the undergraduate psychology student in mind and for those who desire an explanation for the use of statistics in psychological research without the mathematics, this refreshing and much-needed introduction is invaluable for any psychology students who `don't get numbers'. Breaking away from the traditional, numerical approaches, Jones delivers an engaging and insightful read into the rationale behind the use of statistics, drawing upon non-numerical examples and scenarios from both psychological literature and everyday life to explain key statistical concepts. Learn about the methods for testing populations and samples, standard errors, inferential and descriptive statistics as well as variables and participants.

This is an ideal companion to core textbooks and will serve a clearer understanding of statistical methods in psychology. By reading this book students can hope to gain a better sense of what makes empirically valid research and learn to critically evaluate facts and figure in any presented research. The foundations of psychology's claims are the empiricism of well-conducted and reliable data.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 12.95mm | 312g
  • Red Globe Press
  • Basingstoke, England, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2010 ed.
  • 208 p.
  • 0230247490
  • 9780230247499
  • 757,266

Table of contents

PART I: VARIABLES AND PARTICIPANTS.- Variables and their Measurement.- Research Design.- Summary.- Self-Test.- PART II: DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS.- Summarising Findings via Measures of Central Tendency.- Summarising Findings via Measures of Dispersion.- Summarising Findings via Standardising Scores.- Summary.- Self-Test.- PART III: PRELUDE TO TESTING.- Populations, Samples and Standard Errors.- Hypothesis Testing, Probability and Statistical Significance.- Parametric Assumptions.- Narrative.- Summary.- Self-Test.- PART IV: INFERENTIAL STATISTICS.- Parametric Testing.- Non-Parametric Testing (Ordinal).- Non-Parametric Testing (Nominal).- Summary.- Self-Test.
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'Statistics in Psychology offers an excellent gentle introduction to the area of statistics for any student new to psychology and who may suffer from a 'fear of numbers'. This student-friendly text provides a clear explanation of the key statistical concepts without reference to mathematical formulae. A great emphasis on everyday examples and actual psychological studies makes this book an invaluable addition to any student's or lecturer's bookshelf.' - Dr Jean-Francois Delvenne, University of Leeds, UK 'An excellent and student-friendly introductory text. The use of non-numerical examples and psychologically based scenarios is a refreshing and reassuring approach to introducing a topic that many students regard with trepidation.' - Dr Judith A. Smith, University of Liverpool, UK "friendly and accessible... a good starting point for many first-year psychology students." - George Sandamas, Department of Psychology, Middlesex University, UK
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About Stephen Jones

STEPHEN JONES is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of the West of England, UK, where he has been teaching Experimental Psychology, Research Methods and Statistics for the past ten years. He is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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