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Introduction to Statistics and SPSS in Psychology

Introduction to Statistics and SPSS in Psychology

Andrew Mayers

Apr 2013, Paperback, 632 pages
ISBN13: 9780273731016
ISBN10: 0273731017
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Introduction to Statistics and SPSS in Psychology guides the reader carefully and concisely up the statistics staircase to success. Each step is supported by helpful visuals as well as advice on how to overcome problems. Interactive, lively, but never patronising, this is the complete guide to statistics that will take readers through their degree course from beginning to end.

Take a step in the right direction and tackle statistics head on with this visual introduction.

1. Introduction

2. SPSS: The Basics

3. Normal Distribution

4. Significance, effect size, and power

5. Experimental methods - how to choose the correct statistical test

6. Correlation

7. Independent t-test

8. Related t-test

9. Independent one-way ANOVA

10. Repeated-measures one-way ANOVA

11. Independent multi-factorial ANOVA

12. Repeated-measures multi-factorial ANOVA

13. Mixed multi-factorial ANOVA

14. Multivariate analyses

15. Analyses of covariance

16. Linear and multiple linear regression

17. Logistic regression

18. Non-parametric tests

19. Tests for categorical variables

20. Factor analysis

21. Reliability analysis

Statistics and SPSS are made clear through:

  • Full colour screenshots illustrating how to run a test in SPSS
  • Coverage of both ‘Repeated-measures MANOVA’ and ‘Multivariate ANCOVA’
  • Examples of tests already worked through demonstrating how they’ve been applied to actual psychological research
  • Nuts and bolts and Take a closer look boxes explaining statistical concepts in more detail
  • Explanations of how to calculate outcomes manually helping readers to understand the maths behind the tests

Dr Andrew Mayers is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Bournemouth University

Expert Reviews

"This is a comprehensive resource of all the statistics you could ever want for degree level Psychology" - Neil Cruickshank, Budmouth College, Weymouth

"Definitely my go-to statistics textbook, the perfect guide for all levels of undergraduate" - Psychology student, University of Glasgow

"This book provides clear and comprehensive coverage of a wide range of statistical tests used in psychology. It will be of great value to novice and advanced researchers alike." - Dr Richard rowe, University of Sheffield

"This engaging and student-centred book demystifies the challenges of statistics and SPSS for the numerically anxious student." - Dr Kate Bullen, Aberystwyth University

Customer Reviews

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This book is a life saver.

3 May 2013

By Pip

With all it's examples and step by step detailed explanations of statistics, this book has been an amazing help to my second year of psychology - my knowledge of statistics has become pretty solid and i'm always referring back to this book for clarification because it's so good. Definitely worth the money, I could not have passed stats without it.

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A must-have!

5 Mar 2013

By Leanne M

I would highly recommened this book to anyone doing statistics using SPSS. It makes something very complicated into something simple in a way that is easy to understand. It has a very clear layout with easy to follow step-by-step guides on how to carry out statistical tests using SPSS, the reasoning behind them and how to write up results in the correct way. I wouldn't have been able to get through my dissertation without it!

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Great book!

3 Mar 2013

By Becky

This book is so easy to use and tells you all you need to know step by step. excellent. well worth purchasing.

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Excellent student handbook to statistics and spss for psychology

1 Mar 2013


I found this book extremely helpful when completely research reports in my undergraduate psychology course as well as during revision for a test on statistics. The book goes through the basics of statistics and then through each statistical test very clearly. It breaks each test down to a comprehendible level, and then builds upon the basic knowledge you gain whilst reading to help guide you onto a higher level of understanding of all the statistical significance tests. I would definitely recommend this book to ALL psychology undergraduates! It will not only get you through all you practical reports and understanding of statistics but get you good solid grades.

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1 Mar 2013

By Kate S

I have an incredibly rocky relationship with stats, but this book made learning them so much easier. Explanations are put forward in managable terms, and I came away from reading it not wanting to cry about my lack of statistical knowledge.

rated 5 star

A great introduction to statistical analysis

1 Mar 2013

By Chrisanxiety

I personally found statistics quite hard to grasp, however the book does/has put a clear perspective on the statistics, using understandable examples with informal explanations. I would recommend this book to any psychology student as it is an extremely helpful book

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Great book

1 Mar 2013

By Justeen

If your not sure on how to use SPSS this is the Book to use, I have used a number of different books and find sometimes they are difficult to follow, but with this Introduction to statistics and SPSS in psychology, its very easy to follow and it gives great examples and exercises. It is a complete life saver.

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The ultimate statistics book!

21 Feb 2013

By Bournemouthstudent

The perfect book to make hard statistics into an easy understanding. Has an outstanding amount of information on both statistics and SPSS. Couldn't of made it through my dissertation without it! You will not be disappointed..

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Must have for statistics

20 Feb 2013

By Becky W

This is by far the best stats book I've come across, I would've been lost without it. It is clear and easy to read with concise guides about which test to use when and manual and spss instructions to carry them out. Easy to understand and cuts out all the complicated jargon that might put you off statistics completely! Would definitely recommend this book.

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19 Feb 2013

By Ina

I have used this book throughout my undergrad and Msc. I found this ever so helpful in explanation and also layout as I knew exactly where to find which bits. This comes in very handy when writing your dissertation or revising for exams!

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19 Feb 2013

By Ellie

Perfect book to guide you through everything stats and SPSS. Very clear layout through all the chapters which really guides the reader through and makes everything so simple to understand. It's worded very well and makes difficult content very easy to read. Must have for Psychology students of all levels.

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From one student to another..

13 Feb 2013

By JamesR

Clear layout throughout the book which is great for students to both grasp and oddly enjoy statistics. Being a final year student I would recommend to any year group as a great refresher/guide during your dissertation or for first and second years to base their understanding on. Including SPSS guides on what tests to take and how to interpret combines two key elements of any undergraduates Psychology degree - A must have!

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Best Stats Book for Psychology

9 Feb 2013

By Shel

Great book. Easy to read and understand. I have dyscalculia and an innate fear of all things related to maths; this book dispells fears, working on a conceptual level and reads well. Therefore it's not full of daunting jargon, however it does explain jargon and more than covers the aspects of stats related to the undergraduate degree.

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Brilliant statistics book for all levels!

8 Feb 2013

By Sophie willcox

This statistics book is all you need for a full understanding of statistics tests, their criteria, how to perform them manually and on spss. It is so clear and easy to follow making a hard topic a seemingly easy one. I could not of completed my dissertation without it! A must buy!

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Best stats book of all

7 Feb 2013

By Nicki Wright

This book made sense of SPSS for me when several other market leaders had not. It is written in a very straightforward way that is easy to follow and understand. Choosing tests is made logical and the options available are de-mystified!! This book was invaluable during my degree course and especially for my dissertation project. I highly recommend it!

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Brilliant all inclusive stats guide

7 Feb 2013

By Ellie

This is the clearest and most accessible stats textbook I have ever used. It explains everything in terms you can understand, giving plenty of examples. It takes you through each topic step by step and keeps things simple. A must have for all psychology students.