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Statistics for Psychology

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

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March 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.


An engaging text for psychology students learning foundational statistics. Of great value to the beginner student, is the initial section answering: Why do we need statistics? An incredibly common question amongst psychology students who aim to be consumers, rather than producers of statistics. This book helps students to develop an appreciation for the worth of statistics in their professional life, enabling graduates to become more confident and competent in tackling real community issues.

I firmly believe the combination of presentation elements will aid students in developing their statistical literacy. The fonts and icons remind me of a study bullet-journal, and I think this will encourage students to be more reflective in their statistics learning. This textbook also includes a companion website for students, with practice questions and answers, videos, and relevant articles. It encourages curiosity and a sense of discovery, critical traits in the social sciences.

The significance of Statistics for Psychology: A beginner’s guide is that it provides an easy-to-read style of material structured to build on previous knowledge. The student is guided through the conceptual complexities that arise with the study of statistics, as it challenges their day-to-day way of thinking. Given the relevancy of the textbook by including new statistics as well as null hypothesis significance tests, I expect it to have longevity in the university classroom. I highly recommend this text for introductory psychology statistics classes.

Charmayne Paul
Learning Advisor, Indigenous Student Support, CQU Cairns

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