The book introduces the main aspects of experimental design and statistics, including:
how to formulate precise hypotheses and design experiments aimed at testing them.
coverage of different aspects of experimental design.
descriptive and inferential statistical analysis of experimental data.
the difference between experimental and correlational studies.
detailed instructions on how to perform statistical tests with SPSS.
An invaluable step–by–step guide to all psychology students needing a firm grasp of the basics, Experimental Design and Statistics for Psychology: A First Course will also fire the imagination of more ambitious students by tackling some of the topic s more complex, controversial issues.
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1. Scientific Psychology and the Research Process.
2. The Nature of Psychology Experiments (I): Variables and Conditions.
3. The Nature of Psychology Experiments (II): Validity.
4. Describing Data.
5. Making Inferences from Data.
6. Selecting a Statistical Test.
7. Tests of Significance for Nominal Data.
8. Tests of Significance for Ordinal Data (and Interval/Ratio Data When Parametric Assumptions Are Not Met).
9. Tests of Significance for Interval Data.
10. Correlational Studies.
Appendix 1: Statistical Tables.
A Brief List of Recommended Books.
"This will serve best as a reference book to support undergraduate teaching and as a useful companion to have on hand on introductory level methods classes. It provides first and second year psychology students with a well–grounded grasp of the basics. A well–written and long awaited text that bridges the gap between experimental design and statistical analysis."Psychology Reaching Review
"Lively, friendly, amusing and lucid, this is an excellent introduction to experimental design and statistics which provides the clear yet informative explanations that most readers prefer. I would certainly recommend it to my students."Colin Gray, University of Aberdeen & co– author of ′SPSS 12 Made Simple′
"This text maintains a wonderful balance of conceptual and practical focus. After each statistical test, the authors demonstrate its use in a hypothetical research study...I would recommend that anyone who teaches or takes a course in survey sampling theory and methods obtain a copy of this book" David R. Bellhouse, The American Statistician, August 2007, Vol. 61, No. 3