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Statistical Methods for Psychology

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  11 reviews
This text surveys the statistical techniques used in the behavioral and social sciences. To help students gain an understanding of the statistical hypothesis tests that are covered throughout the text, this work emphasizes conceptual understanding.
Paperback, 739 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Thomson Wadsworth, (first published January 1st 1982)
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Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: measurement
My entry point into formal stats coursework was intermediate stats in grad school and this textbook was the required reading, beginning around chapter 11 of the text. I did not find it very approachable, given my needs as a learner. However, after years of study in this area, I now find the text very simple and straight forward. If statistical language and symbols are new to you, I'd recommend something like Seltman (2014) or any of the Andy Field texts.
Kirsty Cochrane
So this books gives a lot of detail, explanation and examples of the when, why and how of statistics. Sometimes though I just wanted to get to the nuts and bolts and this was not that text.
Mary Schaal
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clear text and useful homework questions. I return to reference it again and again.
David Howell writes in a fairly easy-to-follow manner and is decent at explaining statistical concepts-- not great, however: he slips into over-complication of a few ideas while flippantly running over others that could use more thorough consideration. As a result, the book alternately feels as though it were written for undergraduates and/or statisticians beyond my own abilities. I don't feel that I personally got much out of it.

His methods, theoretical opinions, and variable designations
This is another of those textbooks where my three star rating can be perceived as deceiving.

It is a good statistical book, I cannot deny that, yet the focus was upon the SPSS factors – and such is not what I was looking for from this book. I wanted information about what was happening not how to do it on the computer, and such a thing meant it wasn’t as beneficial as other books. However, it is useful if such is what you’re looking for.
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, educational
It covers almost all the topics on basic as well as advance statistics. But I do feel the explanation could have been easier. The examples provided were with large numbers and it becomes difficult to understand those.
Trae Brookins
and returning to this one again in the fall, as well...stats part 2...
Dec 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: studies
Currently reading or better to say struggling with.. Good book, though!
Danny Bennett
Boring stats book.
Feb 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best statistics textbook out there. Very accessible in terms of formulations and the logic behind them. And, yes, I was nerdy enough to read it cover to cover
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