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Making Sense of Data and Statistics in Psychology [Paperback]

Gerry Mulhern , Dr Brian Greer
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3 May 2011 0230205747 978-0230205741 2nd edition
'I became a psychology student because I'm curious about why people behave as they do. Why am I expected to study statistics?'
Statistics is one of the most useful elements of any psychology degree. This popular textbook will equip you with the tools needed not only to make sense of your own data and research, but also to think critically about the research and statistics you will encounter in everyday life.
Features include:
- Logical, intuitive organization of key statistical concepts and tests with an emphasis on understanding which test to use and why
- Innovative graphic illustrations and insightful dialogues that help you to get to grips with statistics
- Concise, easy-to-follow guidelines for making sense of SPSS
- COverage of more complex tests and concepts for when you need to dig deeper
Making Sense of Data and Statistics in Psychology will help you design experiments, analyse data with confidence and establish a solid grounding in statistics; it will become a valuable resource throughout your studies.
Gerry Mulhern is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Queen's University Belfast, UK, and was President of the British Psychological Society from 2010 to 2011.
Brian Greer is Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University, USA. He has taught statistics to psychology students for many years, and has published widely on mathematics education.
At, students and lecturers will find a wealth of resources, including additional data sets, extra guidance on tests and lecture slides.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2nd edition edition (3 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230205747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230205741
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 530,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A comprehensive introduction to statistics for psychology in an easily accessible style with a fresh new approach. Recommended to anyone teaching statistics to a broad audience in the social sciences." - Antonius H. N. Cillessen, Professor of Psychology and Vice Dean of Social Sciences, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands
"This text covers a good amount and level of information, and is suitable both as a core textbook and as a reference for students undertaking their research project. The authors' extensive teaching experience is clearly evident as care is taken to explain those concepts which are commonly misunderstood or which students struggle with most." - Sarah Bayless, Department of Psychology, University of Winchester, UK
"A highly accessible introduction to applied statistics in psychological research. It succeeds in clearly explaining core concepts, while avoiding mathematical complexities that typically cause readers to lose their way. My students invariably rated the first edition of this book very highly. This second edition will remain my first choice." - Sander Los, Department of Cognitive Psychology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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An innovative and easy-to-read introduction to statistics in Psychology, written with even the most maths-averse Psychology student in mind

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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging 18 Oct 2011
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Very well written book, with clear instructions and a totally engaging format.
The Student/Lecturer dialogues are the most engaging aspect and it brings statistics for Psychology well within the understanding of most Arithmophobes. The author has clearly used his experience of teaching Psychology statistics in this book and I would highly recommend all Psychology students get this book. The book clearly and concisely deals with not only mathmatical theory of statistics in an accessible manner, but also gets to grips very easily with the vagaries of SPSS, with step by step explanations from how to input data and obtain analytical results, to explaining how to read and interpret the results. With practical exercises along the way, I believe this text is a must.
My only gripes are that 1) The online accompaniement is not yet available and 2)the layout of the book could be a little better. i.e, it's difficult, when asked to compare two graphs to flick back & forth over several pages... However, I suspect that this is more of a publisher's issue.
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