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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable for those new to statistics, 5 July 2011
This review is from: Research Methods and Statistics (Palgrave Insights in Psychology series) (Paperback)
Having struggled to understand some concepts around hypothesis testing from other sources, I was seeking out a book that would have an easy to understand structure and would spend more time explaining some of the more basic foundations underpinning statistics - these are often glossed over in other sources.

I've found this book to be just what I was looking for. I now feel confident that I understand concepts like the null hypothesis, p values, significance, as well as knowing how to interpret statistical results. Ian Walker uses real life examples as well as some thought experiments to clearly explain each concept.

A short section opening the book covers research methods, with a brief overview of quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as ethical considerations in psychological research. This section doesn't go into too much depth as the bulk of the book is devoted to explaining statistics instead. Statistics are a vital part of any research project, and the book explains a little about how they fit together with research methods, but the focus is definitely on the statistics themselves.

The book was designed for psychology students, but much of the content could easily be transferred to other disciplines since many of the techniques are equally applicable in other areas.

So if you're struggling to understand some concepts in statistics like I was, then this book might help you to make that crucial breakthrough in understanding.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand, 25 Oct 2010
This review is from: Research Methods and Statistics (Palgrave Insights in Psychology series) (Paperback)
After reading a few very poorly written textbooks, I questioned my interest in Psychology, but this book stopped all that. It's a very well written book and you don't even have to read that far into it to feel like you've learnt a lot of really useful information. I would say that this book is a must have for any undergraduate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complex ideas made simple, 1 Oct 2010
This review is from: Research Methods and Statistics (Palgrave Insights in Psychology series) (Paperback)
This book would suit a student, researcher or professional who quickly needed to grasp or refresh themselves on the fundamentals of research and statistics. If you are someone who does not have an aptitude for processing data but has to understand it, then you will probably be better off buying this book than many others. Those who have already been taught key aspects of research methods and statistics might not find much new in this, but it could become a handy reference source for them. Out of several books on the subject, this one does the best job of explaining the ideas (especially quantitative research) so that you appreciate the underlying concepts. The writing style is similar to Malcolm Gladwell (Blink), Tim Harford (The Undercover Economist) or Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner (Freakonomics) - the author uses humour and everyday examples to keep you interested. If you don't really want to read a book on research and statistics but you have to, if you need the basic ideas explained without complication, then I recommend you buy this.
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