Basic Statistics for Psychologists

by Marc Brysbaert

What makes this book so special?

This new book:

  • Makes maths accessible and intelligible: Basic Statistics for Psychologists covers all of the maths that Years 1 and 2 undergraduates need to get to grips with statistics. Its focus is clear and succinct, meaning that it is accessible for even the most maths-averse psychology student.
  • Provides students with the understanding needed to carry out statistical tests using any statistical software package - Though the book uses the latest version of SPSS (SPSS 18) to provide examples throughout, the clear explanations of the maths behind SPSS means that the book will work well for lecturers who don’t want their students to be wholly dependent on SPSS: students will understand the statistics first, and then have the tools to apply them to any software package.
  • Offers an easy-to-navigate layout and pedagogy with a number of features to help students to test understanding and apply it to their own research. The pedagogical features help to break down the fear many students have of statistics: There are tips for avoiding frequent pitfalls, step-by-step breakdowns for complex analyses, and short exercises (with answers) throughout.
  • Is written in a highly accessible, engaging style which is relaxed, but still suitable for non-native speakers in a British or European context.
  • Illustrates statistical concepts and tests using examples from the front-line of psychology research. How does gender affect IQ? Can medication improve our memories? What impact does a person’s age have on their capacity to recognise errors?
  • Features an attractive, innovative page design.