SPSS for Psychologists (And Everybody Else)

Sixth edition

by Nicola Brace, Richard Kemp and Rosemary Snelgar

Find extra resources in this section for use with the sixth edition of SPSS for Psychologists.

Follow the drop-down menu on the left to access video tutorials, downloadable exercises, and extra data sets for students to practice with as they learn to use SPSS.

Data files for the 6th edition (.sav)

About video tutorials

The tutorials found on this site are an additional resource put together to complement the book ‘SPSS for Psychologists’. They provide a step-by-step introduction to some of the most commonly used statistics in the social sciences, and the computer programme we use to carry out these analyses: SPSS.

We know that statistics can be more than a little daunting for a number of people, often because they have not had much experience with them, or because they are worried about the maths that might be involved. These interactive tutorials are designed to help you familiarise yourself with the basic statistics that you are likely to use as a psychologist (or social scientist) and reduce any anxieties you may have about studying and using statistics.

The good news is that these days, when we carry out statistics in psychology, very little of it is done by hand. Instead, we use the computer programme SPSS to do most of the hard work for us. These tutorials are designed to interactively guide you through how to use the SPSS program, taking you from the absolute basics (e.g. how to open the program, and enter data), through to carrying out and interpreting more complex statistical analyses. The tutorials were all produced using SPSS version 22, but don't worry if you have a different version of the programme – they are all recognisable! The aim of the tutorials is to increase your familiarity and confidence with using SPSS, as well as teaching you more about the statistics you produce and how to interpret them.

All of these tutorials were written and produced by Dr Gini Harrison at the Open University, and were partly funded by the Higher Education Academy. For more tutorials and SPSS exercises, visit the Open University’s SPSS resource here:


About the author: Gini Harrison is a lecturer in Psychology at the Open University. Her research interests predominantly lie in applied cognitive psychology, and she has been teaching research methods and statistics to psychology students since 2005.