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Statistics for Psychology

Statistics for Psychology
A Guide for Beginners (and everyone else)

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April 2019 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This concise, easy-to-understand and highly visual book helps students to understand the principles behind the many statistical practices. This text helps students to build a mental map to enable them to work their way through tests and procedures with a better level of understanding (and ultimately feel more confident and get better grades). Statistical analysis will also be covered in the book in the same simple-to-follow way, without messy details or complicated formulae. However, this approach does not lead to simple understanding. Instead it allows students to really grasp how to use, and be creative with, statistics.

Key features: 

  • A principles-based approach, helping students to apply and adapt their skills to a variety of situation
  • Test out principles in practice on the companion website with statistics scenarios
  • Carefully designed graphics to explain statistical principles
  • Links to relevant sources / further reading for statistical packages, so the book can be used as a portal to/ springboard for further study.
  • Developed in conjunction with students means this book answers the key challenges students face.
  • Based on a BPS commended programme

Supported by a wealth of online resources at  

Chapter 1: Why do we need statistics?
Chapter 2: The Research Cycle
Chapter 3: Variables,
Chapter 4: Relationships between Variables
Chapter 5: Uncertainty in Research
Chapter 6: Null Hypothesis Testing
Chapter 7: Statistical Tests for 1 Independent Variable
Chapter 8: Minimising Uncertainty: Research Design
Chapter 9: Measurements and Uncertainty
Chapter 10: Sampling and Uncertainty
Chapter 11: Hypotheses with More Than One Independent Variable
Chapter 12: Covariations: Relationships Between Two Independent Variables
Chapter 13: Analysing Data with Two or More Independent Variables
Chapter 14: Which Model is Best?


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For students:

 • Brand new animations for every chapter that either summarizes the chapter or explores a difficult area.
 • More detail online – key theories or difficult concepts are marked in the book and explored in further detail online.
 • ‘Work With Us’ – a whole suite of activities have been created for you to work through as you read the book.
 •  A data generator for you to practice with and work out your answers to ‘Work With Us’.
 • Answers to the ‘Your Turn’ feature in the book
 • Online bibliography
 • Glossary flashcards for difficult terms,
 • Links to authors’ Brawstat website tool which gives students real-life practice of statistics.

For lecturers:

 • Lecturer’s guide to teaching statistics that maps the books content to traditional approaches to teaching statistics for psychology.

This practical guide is intended to provide beginners with a strong statistical foundation. It covers all the key tools and concepts needed to be able to do and understand psychological research. It starts by giving a broader picture of statistics as a motivational tool, but also provides detailed step-by-step guides.

Professor Dr Lucia Reisch

Crisp and well illustrated with a lot of pracical examples. Fresh layout, easy to read and understand. I use it when mentoring students in BT/MT writing process.

Professor Stefan Schwarz
Psychology, Cologne Business School
May 20, 2020

Not adopted at the general reading list, but I recomment it to all students particularly interested in psychology and quantitative research methods

Dr Elise Øby
Curriculum, Østfold University College
February 2, 2020

A lovely non-scary introduction to statistics! Good level of detail, great use of illustration & examples.

Dr Maria Fitzgerald
London School of Osteopathy, London School of Osteopathy
November 5, 2019

As my course was a newly introduced one and open for graduates and undergraduates, the statistical level of the participants was considerably different. However, the beginner`s guide to statistics in psychology was a great help bridging the gap in an effective and also entertaining way. According to my mind, this book is one of the best to enter psychological statistics and/or update your knowledge. Thumbs up!

Mr Philipp Kruse
Psychology, TU Dresden
July 24, 2019