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Andy Field , Dr Graham J Hole
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2003 0761973834 978-0761973836
`I strongly recommend this book. The all-important steps of defining the research question and choosing an appropriate method are clearly written by these experienced authors and by doing so provide a framework, which if followed, would avoid many of the common difficulties encountered by those in training. The book is a succinct, clear, and readable treatise on this extremely important area. It should prove to be invaluable to researchers, practicing social scientists, students and anyone involved in the design and reporting of experiments' - Social Psychological Review

How to Design and Report Experiments is the perfect textbook and guide to the often bewildering world of experimental design and statistics. It provides a complete map of the entire process beginning with how to get ideas about research, how to refine your research question and the actual design of the experiment, leading on to statistical procedure and assistance with writing up of results.

While many books look at the fundamentals of doing successful experiments and include good coverage of statistical techniques, this book very importantly considers the process in chronological order with specific attention given to effective design in the context of likely methods needed and expected results. Without full assessment of these aspects, the experience and results may not end up being as positive as one might have hoped. Ample coverage is then also provided of statistical data analysis, a hazardous journey in itself, and the reporting of findings, with numerous examples and helpful tips of common downfalls throughout.

Combining light humour, empathy with solid practical guidance to ensure a positive experience overall, Designing and Reporting Experiments will be essential reading for students in psychology and those in cognate disciplines with an experimental focus or content in research methods courses.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761973834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761973836
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Andy Field is Professor of Child Psychopathology at the University of Sussex. He has published over 70 research papers, 27 book chapters, and 17 books mostly on child emotional development and statistics.

He is the founding editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychopathology and has been an associate editor and editorial board member for the British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology, Cognition and Emotion, Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review and Research Synthesis Methods.

His ability to make statistics accessible and fun has been recognized with local and national teaching awards (University of Sussex, 2001; the British Psychological Society, 2007), a prestigious UK National Teaching Fellowship (2010), and the British Psychological Society book award (2006). He adores cats, and loves to listen to and play very heavy music. He lives in Brighton with his wonderful wife Zoë and Fuzzy the cat.

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About the Author

Andy Field is Professor of Child Psychopathology at The University of Sussex. He adores cats, listens to and plays loud music and enjoys teaching statistics. His ability to make statistics accessible and fun has been recognised with teaching awards from the University of Sussex (2001), the British Psychological Society (2007) and in 2010 he was awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a godsend 20 Jan 2005
By Sophie
I came across this book the other day when I was in a bookshop wading through statistics textbooks, trying to find a decent explanation of a mixed ANOVA. This was the only work (out of at least 12) that used helpful examples and simple phrasing to explain this type of ANOVA in some detail, rather than just saying it's a mixture of other types of ANOVA. I was sufficiently impressed to buy the book and read through it. The authors have produced a lucid and straightforward explanation of experimental design and statistics for the uninitiated. The focus is on psychology reports, but the principles apply equally well to other fields. Some textbooks either explain the statistics in incomprehensible detail, or tell you which buttons to click on in SPSS but then leave you hanging. The authors of this book have struck a good balance, and one of their strengths is their very clear explanation of what these statistics really MEAN, and how to present them (including how to write up the report). Field and Hole have introduced humour to lighten a turgid subject. Others have tried this, and failed. Here the humour was sometimes amusing, and never irritating (which is something). One small criticism: I found Part 3 slightly repetitive, as it included a quick guide to writing up a lab report, as well as running through this point in greater detail. To sum up: I wish I had had a copy before I started writing up my dissertation (or preferably, before I designed my experiment!). This book will be a godsend to undergraduates and Masters' students. Andy Field and Graham Hole, I salute you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I brought this book on the advice of other Psychology students who had aleady completed the course I was studying (DSE212). The course stated that I needed no further materials to complete the assignments yet when it came to conducting a quantitative study and completing a psychological report based on this study I really struggled with understanding the paramatic tests and so became stumped. I would have failed this assignment if I did not have this book, not only does the author relax you with the friendly text and writing style but it is easy to refer back to during the report writing process when you inevitably become stuck.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for Psychology students 5 May 2009
This is an excellent book for writing up reports. Gets you into good habits so would be worth getting early on in your course. As a psychology student myself I found it extremely useful for writing my dissertation and only got it this year. Guides you through how to choose relevant statistical tests, select what type of study you have and most importantly how to write each section, eg. the inroduction, methods, results, discussion with examples. Wish I'd had it sooner!
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5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!! 2 Jun 2006
By Fluffy
This book was a Godsend! Having just started in this subject and never having conducted an experiment before, I found this book invaluable. It takes you through everything step by step, even offering laughs along the way! Everything is explained fully yet made easy to understand. This has to be by far the best - and funniest - textbook I've ever owned!

I would definately reccommend anyone to buy this book, it is excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some books are for worshipping.... 25 April 2006
By PJay
I always wanted to get this book and now I finally bought it. What can I say..some books can be used as doorstops, weights etc and some you should read and dive guess what this book falls to the latter description. It helps you so much in going through the steps of experimental designing, even after you have designed one and have no where to go..this really can help you. It provides the necessary stimulation to your brain to work properly, thats whats best about it. Several thousand CHEERS to Andy and Graham (The Knights of Statistics).
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The situation: I was invited for a written test on reserarch methods and statistics, for the doctorate in Clinical Psychology course at a certain uni. I was given about a weeks notice of the test and absolutely panicked when I got the offer, as I had not studied anything to do with stats or research since I left uni 3 years ago.

The solution: Initially i got out my undergraduate statistics book (statistics without maths for psychology) and a research methods book, i started reading it however, due to the sheer amount of information, I barely got into the first chapter with 4 days left until the test. I read an online review about this book and from what i'd heard, it sounded amazing. A short book, yet very comprehensive in stats and research... all in around 350 pages! As the reviews on the forum were so good, I decided to buy it on express. I got it the next day, all I can say is that it was amazing!

I read the book within 3 days and went from feeling unconfident to actually learning (not remembering as one should do with revision lol) what T-tests, confidence intervals, ANOVAs etc were. I sat the test yesterday, and I must say that if it wasn't for me cramming in the last 3 days, I would never have been able to answer the questions. This book makes it so much easier and whether you are one of the last minuters (like me) or not, it's worth every single penny. Andy Field (and Graham) are amazing teachers and how they make statistics enjoyable is a miracle. The book is unique in the way that it uses something i've never seen before - amazingly funny humour.
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Definitely well worth the money!! I bought this whilst studying Psychology at undergraduate level and can honestly say it was the best decision I made! Read more
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When i got this book, it had a few bumps here and there, but the content of it is great!
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Informative and easier to read than other statistic books. Came in handy when revising for entrance exams for the clinical doctorate.
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An easy and enlightening read that helped me produce my first ever report for an Msc Psychology degree after 14 years out of academia. Read more
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An awesome book if you want to learn in about a week's time how to design your own experiments. The language approached is pretty straightforward as well and it is really easy to... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for report writing
Good book that breaks report writing for experiments easier to follow and a bit easier for me to understand :)
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A book as it needs to be even when it is second hand. It is clean without any worn and yellow marks.
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I bow down to Andy and Graham for creating such a brilliant book! I too had a last minute test for the clinical doctorate and having completed my degree over 10 years ago my brain... Read more
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This book has been really helpful for my studies, written really clearly, Andy Field is really good at explaining things.
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