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Statistics without Maths for Psychology Paperback – 28 Apr 2011

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  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 5 edition (28 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273726021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273726029
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 19 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This is the kind of statistics book that I would like to write.  Luckily, I don't have to do that now' 'I fully recommend this book as an undergraduate statistics text for those who prefer a minimal maths approach.  If you also teach SPSS then coverage of that package is a bonus' 'Here at last is a book which does not over-burden the student with too much maths but which also takes the subject seriously, giving detailed explanations and providing good topic coverage' 'This is a book that can be used throughout the undergraduate career'
Andrew Schofield, University of Birmingham                                                   Psychology Learning & Teaching, Volume 4: Issue 1, September 2004
'This clear, concise, step by step approach, without a mathematical formula in sight really does replace the familiar feelings of dread and intimidation, with confidence and motivation to use and understand statistical tests.'

Amazon reviewer, Jan 2002.

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For those who think they will struggle with statistics
Statistics without maths is a book aimed at those students of psychology who find statistics books confusing.

The book explains the concepts behind the most commonly used statistical techniques without any confusing formulae.

Students are encouraged in their learning by use of examples, exercises and multiple-choice questions.

The book also takes students through the procedures for analysing data using one of the most commonly used statistical packages (SPSS for Windows).

Additionally, advice is given about which parts of the computer printout are important and how to write up the analyses in an appropriate manner. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I am currently using this book as I am studying psychological research methods at MSc level. I am relieved to have found this particular text as I am in the position of returning to postgraduate study, with virtually no memory of, and even less understanding regarding statistical tests, left over from my undergraduate psychology degree. The authors of this book appear to recognise the need for clearly outlining the concepts of statistical analysis, illustrating them through simple, every day examples, and guiding the reader through the practical application of analysis (using SPSS for Windows version 10). This clear, consise, step by step approach, without a mathematical formula in sight really does replace the familiar feelings of dread and intimidation, with confidence and motivation to use and understand statistical tests. You are also encouraged to test your knowledge with multiple choice questions and mini assesments at the end of each chapter, which are extremely useful ways of keeping track of your understanding. Also, the authors have highlighted the debate surrounding hypothesis testing, encouraging the reader to understand, and make use of confidence intervals and effect size rather than simply focusing on probability values. There is also an accompanying web site which contains all the example data sets used in the book.
I would most definitely encourage tutors to place this book on the reading list of every psychology undergraduate and postgraduate degree course, and I'm sure that it would be a welcome and valuable guide to anyone carrying out psychological research.
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A good introductory book to statistics, which enables the reader to understand the basic statistical analyses covering most tests taught on an undergraduate statistics course in psychology. However, some tests are not covered to the depth needed to understand the results. For example, the interpretation of the two-way chi-square is very difficult following the instructions in this book and understanding why this is a test of association is glossed over. I would recommend the book to a student struggling with understanding basic statistical concepts, but there are other and better books of basic statistics available at a similar price.
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Definitely recommend this book! I'm in my first year of doing my psychology and sociology degree and this book has helped me a lot! I've never been good at maths, but this book explains everything so simply and I now understand a lot of what I was confused on in the class. I got this book after getting confused with parametric and non parametric tests and this book explains them great! It arrived very quickly and in fantastic, like new condition.
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I have no understanding of stats whatsover, and this book has been really helpful. It goes through using SPSS step by step, and shows you exactly how your computer screen should be looking, which is really reassuring. It's a set book on the DSE212 OU psychology course I'm taking, and it really has come into it's own. Brilliant book.
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This book is the greatest one i have never ever seen before in this field.It is easily understandable in terms of the statistical concepts (that i couldn't understand them through many popular statistical books). The other important thing is displaying SPSS in every chapter.Additionally, examples of literature are included. Although these examples are from the psychology literature (as my course is in business), they were helpful to enable me to understand the mechanism of the statistical techniques and how to interpret the results. I wish this book was supported by examples from the business or marketing literature. However,as i think, it is very useful for all research students regardless of their topics of study.
One comment, not for the authors, but to amazon.co.uk : the number of pages of this book is 535 and not 352 as apears in the internet.
I would like to ask the ask the authors of this book: How many years you spend for preparing this greatly excellent work?
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People rate this book highly but I found it overly wordy and confusing. The step by instructions for SPSS were handy though if you are using this software for the first time.

Would I recommend this book? Not if you are looking for a straightforward explanation of the concepts. What should take 10 minutes to explain takes the authors 20 pages and 4 hours of reading and figuring out what they mean. The examples are poorly conceived and the text is verbose.

If you are trying to scrape through a stats module for some humanities course and have no concept of maths at all then this might help you feel you are not alone in your confusion. I don't know if it would help you become confident in stats and feel excited about designing and analysing your own investigations.

They make a big thing of presenting "statistics without the maths". The good thing about maths is that it is concise. This book isn't.
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This book does exactly what it claims to, namely 'Statistics without Maths for Psychology'. The book is pitched at the level of undergraduate students who aren't too confident with mathematical principles, but who need to understand the basic concepts of statistical methods as they apply to psychology. Another reviewer has criticised this book for not containing any mathematical formulae, but what else should one expect, given the book's title! There are plenty of statistics books that cater for the mathematically minded, but Dancey & Reidy's book seems to suit most undergraduate psychology students, who neither need, nor wish, to have to struggle with the underlying mathematical concepts and complicated equations.
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