Understanding and Using Statistics in Psychology takes the fear out of psychological statistics to help students understand why statistics are carried out, how to choose the best test, how to carry out the tests, and then perform the analysis in SPSS. Emphasizing the place of statistical analysis in the process of conducting research, from design to report writing, this accessible and straightforward guide takes a non-technical approach, encouraging the reader to understand why a particular test is being used and what the results mean in the context of a psychological study. The focus is on meaning and understanding rather than numerical calculation.

Introduction: How to Get Started with Statistics

Introduction: How to get started with statistics

What's in This Chapter?

  • The misuse of statistics
  • Computers and statistics
  • How to use this text
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This chapter explains why we need statistics and why you should love them. It explains why it is important to understand statistics, which is principally so that we don't get fooled by numbers. It also provides a guide to how this book is best used. We realise that most readers will go to the chapter that best suits their immediate needs and are only reading this if it is the last book in their bag and their train has been indefinitely delayed. If you are this position then we hope it gets better soon.

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