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  • Paperback: 952 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; 4th Revised edition edition (31 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1446249182
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446249185
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 4.8 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,094 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 80 research papers, 29 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, 2015; the British Psychological Society, 2007), a prestigious UK National Teaching Fellowship (2010), and the British Psychological Society book award (2006). He adores cats (and dogs), and loves to listen to and play very heavy music. He lives in Brighton with his wonderful wife Zoë, his son Zach, his crazy spaniel Ramsey and Fuzzy the cat.

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I think this is a really good starting point for teaching stats – from assuming students knows nothing about and taking them gradually to a more advanced understanding. The book is – very helpfully- full of interesting examples and engaging style of writing. I like it that the book has several ‘levels of difficulty’ and engages both with practical stats and theory. The book I believe is targeted at UG students mainly, but some chapters can be recommended to MA students on research methods courses provided that they know nothing about statistics – the book is written in a very accessible manner which means that it can satisfy the need of international students in terms of level of difficulty and language (and business programmes normally have a lot of international students at MA level). The explanations are logically organized and explained in a lucid and clear manner. Little features like ‘faces’ I believe would make the book more attractive to UG students. I think self-test questions and the tasks at the end of chapter are very helpful, as well as the real world data and (often humorous) examples. My course is MA so I am not adopting this book for a course as a main text, but I may recommend it to students who are completely unfamiliar with statistics. (Maria Karepova)

Andy Field has done it again.  The fourth edition of Discovering Statistics will transform students who approach statistics with fear and loathing into adroit statistics users who understand key statistical concepts.  Field’s book is a practical ‘how to’ guide for conducting and understanding basic and advanced statistical analyses using IBM SPSS Statistics.  The book is geared toward behavioural and social sciences researchers at all levels – from undergraduates taking their very first statistics course, to postgraduates.  (JoNell Strough Psychology Learning and Teaching)

About the Author

Andy Field is Professor of Child Psychopathology at the University of Sussex. He has published over 80 research papers, 29 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, 2015; the British Psychological Society, 2007), a prestigious UK National Teaching Fellowship (2010), and the British Psychological Society book award (2006). He adores cats (and dogs), and loves to listen to and play very heavy music. He lives in Brighton with his wonderful wife Zoë, his son Zach, his crazy spaniel Ramsey and Fuzzy the cat.


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I have had a fear of numbers since school, as my teacher showed little patience towards those of us who found statistics harder than the A grade students.

As part of my psychology degree I have been forced to confront this fear. The modules at university have been dry to say the least, and this certainly makes learning more challenging. I was recommended this book and it has made statistics much more, dare I say, 'fun' for me to learn. My confidence is gradually growing; I thought it might be that I am just not intelligent enough to understand all this, but the book is proving me wrong :)

I don't think statistics comes easy to me and I am having to re-read bits of the book to remember different concepts as there is a lot of learn but I have no doubt that it will sink in. This is not a reflection on the book or the way it is written by the way, it is just me having trouble with retaining lots of information.

The book is great; it goes through statistical concepts and analyses starting from 1st year undergraduate to 3rd year and beyond, so things get more challenging as you go through the book. It also helps you learn how to use SPSS, which isn't overly complicated once you know your way around it, and Andy gives some humorous examples when explaining different statistical concepts which make the reading a lot easier. I would highly recommend this book to undergraduate students and postgraduate. Also check out Andy's website 'statistics hell' which has video tutorials and handouts which are equally as useful.
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Me and maths/statistics do not go together despite several attempts on my behalf to try and grasp it. Thankfully I stumbled upon this book during my doctorate degree and I can honestly say it was a lifesaver. I found that the content was explained in a straightforward, simple, accessible manner, with some rather amusing 'real-life' examples to illustrate the point. At first glance it seems to disregard the seriousness of statistics because it is filled with several jokes and self-disclosure (the author clearly loves cats), but once you look beyond that, it has a serious side. I havent read it page to page as i've only skipped to the sections relevant to me (muliple regression / factor analysis / t-tests, ANOVA) but from what I have seen, the author explains what the hell it is, why you would use it, what the mathmatic calculation is and then there is a step-by-step walkthrough.

HOWEVER...I did find it a bit tooooooo much sometimes, in that I just wanted him to get to the point and tell me what line I would need to look at on my SPSS output and why. So for that reason, I ended up getting the SPSS survival guide too (but the SPSS survival guide can be a bit too basic). Therefore, both books together helped me do what I wanted and for once, I actually understood the statistics I was doing and why.
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I enjoyed the book. The language is very nice and the book covers almost every aspect of SPSS I need for my research. I'm MD and PhD (20 articles as a first author). The book is highly recommended both for beginners and for advanced users. Good job, Andy!
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I think the book delivers exactly what it promises. There's no magic or mumbo jumbo, but a good straight forward way of describing what is what and what can be done in certain situations, as well some good examples for Psychology.

It has a certain amount of humour in it too - which is really good considering the topic and how most of us feel about it.

All in all great....
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I had high hopes for this book as a friend recommended it to me. I now think he must have had an older version as this book is horrendous. It seems that the author thinks of himself as quirky, cool and hilariously funny and so the entire book is filled with rambling anecdotes and examples that are meant to be funny but massively detract from the text. Overall it's REALLY "try hard" and he seems to have an obsession with his penis (the amount of references to this and sperm in the first chapter is incredible). As such, it just comes across as tedious, puerile and, as another reviewer has noted - pretty creepy. I'm kind of amazed it passed the publishers to be honest as SAGE books are normally pretty good, but anyway....
More to the point though - it's massively distracting!! You spend so much time navigating through this dross, it takes forever to get to the proper stuff. And there's a lot of dross.... A shame as in the author's defence, when he is explaining statistical concepts, it's (mostly) clear and straightforward. I just wish he would lose about 95% of the puns, anecdotes and weird stories.
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I bought Andy Field 'Discovering Statistics using SPSS' at the beginning of my Psychology masters (MSc Health Psychology) course. It has definitely been money well spent! As someone who is not completely confident with the quantitative/SPSS based aspects of Psychology this book has been incredibly useful.

Also, given that statistics can be a bit of a dry subject at times - I've found the Andy Field book really engaging and feel that I'm actually understanding and learning, instead of just flicking through and looking for instructions to copy into SPSS! Would definitely recommend to postgraduates as well as undergraduates.
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