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Focuses on statistics more than SPSS, not useful!
on 9 April 2016
This book is ok but really its not the step by step that I really wanted. There are no clear instructions but to be honest it reads like you have to know ever single aspect of statistics, I did not need that. I wanted to know what and where to input the data. How to run the analysis and then what the hell the results mean. So this book is not useful when you have a deadline because you have to read the first 6 chapters before you can start to use SPSS and do the work. I know about statistics but no psychology student likes or knows how the hell to use SPSS [even me who have used it for 6 years] and what the random stuff that comes out after when you get the output. If this book focused on SPSS and nothing else that would make it very useful but it goes on and on about statistics. I don't care, however, I do care the marks after I have written the paper. I don't want to turn to page 68, I want the book to say this is fine and it means this, so yes you are good to go. You can say that you have a significant result and the following information e,g, size effect is fine no one is going to throw it back in your face.
The other thing is that I was trying to do a 1 by 3 ANOVA I did not know how to do this, I turned to this book and I could not find the answer. So if this book just stuck with SPSS and nothing else this would be a good book. Leave every other statistics information out, completely out, I know about that and if I need more information then I will go find that information or buy the book that focuses on those aspect. I mean the book does not even tell you how to present your results within the APA or Harvard Style. STOP telling me about statistics tell me about the topic of the book, the evil that is SPSS. Since the title of book is SPSS a program designed not for psychology but to stress the hell out of students and those that teach. Yes, I want pictures to tell me how to use this nasty piece of software in order to prove or disprove my work, that is all I wanted from this book but it sadly lacked it.