on 4 May 2009
I was looking for a stats book that would explain everything in plain english, to help me through my Clinical Psychology Doctorate interviews. When I saw this book I had to buy it immediately as I had the pleasure of being taught by Mark Forshaw many years ago at Coventry and he was by far and away the best lecturer we ever had - always making the mundane and hard to follow topics funny and understandable. I was not disappointed. I read the book from beginning to end in 2 afternoons and actually enjoyed it! It covers all the main areas, and stats, that you need to know in a way that actually makes sense. This book gave me enormous confidence going into my interviews and I've ended up with an offer from Manchester and a reserve at Leeds. So thanks Mark! Even after all these years your approach works the best.
I've never left a review for anything before but I can't recommend this book more highly - buy it if you want to understand the basics of stats in Psychology, it'll serve you well!
on 10 February 2009
Getting your head around statistics can be a very daunting task, especially for first year psychology students who have little or no prior knowledge of statistical concepts. Easy Statistics is a book I would recommend to all single and joint honoured psychology students; it's written in a clear concise manner with humours lines here and there just to lighten the mood of such a dull topic. It's easy to follow and the author gives clear cut details of the things you really need to know, unlike many other statistical books I have read which waffle on about the history of how these statistical calculations came to be!
It really is a book that walks you step-by-step through everything you will probably ever need to know for your Bsc Psychology degree at Undergraduate level. This book is well worth the investment and I honestly can't recommend it strongly enough. I am presently a First year psychology student who went from not knowing anything about statistics to being able to sit a statistical exam and come out feeling very confident.
on 26 March 2012
I stumbled across this book in a public library by accident and thank godness i did! This is an absolutely excellent book for anyone who is not familiar with statistics when embarking on a Psychology degree or any other degree requiring stats.
I often found in my lectures that the Lecturers would talk about 'Variance', 'ANOVAs', 'T-Tests' etc, often in relation to commands on SPSS, without actually explaining the fundamental basics of what these tests meant and what they were looking at. Therefore, i found myself running through 'steps' with statistics without really understanidng what i was doing.
That is where this book came in - it explains everything simply but effectively and, once reading, i felt like for the first time i actually understood the 'point' of the tests and what they were looking at. I found myself feeling alot more comfortable with statistics and even explaining the tests to others using the analogies from the book. The book gives you a sound basis for understanding and using statistical tests using plain English and ,once you read this, stuff starts making a whole lot more sense!
I now have my own copy of this book which, despite having graduated, i still refer to whenever i have to perform any stats in my job. My only regret is that i didnt discover it sooner!
on 21 November 2012
I didn't like this book at first. I originally studied physics, so I'm not afraid of seeing a bit of mathematics. I had a quick flick through initially and immediately thought the whole book seemed a bit too 'wordy'. However, after reading through the first few chapters, I realized the value of this book. It explains in a very insightful way, why the statistics are useful and when to use them.
In my opinion though, I recommend reading this in conjunction with a basic mathematical book on statistics to get a full understanding.
on 7 November 2010
I bought this book in desperation facing a year of stats lectures that were going completely over my head. This book has been great in giving a very down to earth explanation of what the terms mean and how they can really be used. If I had one criticism, it's that it lacks some depth in places, but I reckon for those bits I'm interested in, I can look to more in-depth texts.