Straightforward Statistics: Understanding the Tools of Research

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Oxford University Press, 2014 - Medical - 455 pages
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Straightforward Statistics: Understanding the Tools of Research is a clear and direct introduction to statistics for the social, behavioral, and life sciences. Based on the author's extensive experience teaching undergraduate statistics, this book provides a narrative presentation of the core principles that provide the foundation for modern-day statistics. With step-by-step guidance on the nuts and bolts of computing these statistics, the book includes detailed tutorials how to use state-of-the-art software, SPSS, to compute the basic statistics employed in modern academic and applied research. Across 13 succinct chapters, this text presents statistics using a conceptual approach along with information on the relevance of the different tools in different contexts and summaries of current research examples.

Students should find this book easy useful and engaging in its presentation while instructors should find it detailed, comprehensive, accessible, and helpful in complementing a basic course in statistics.
 

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Contents

Why Do I Need to Learn Statistics?
1
chapter 2 Describing a Single Variable
15
chapter 3 Standardized Scores
48
chapter 4 Correlation
65
chapter 5 Statistical Prediction and Regression
91
chapter 6 The Basic Elements of Hypothesis Testing
115
chapter 7 Introduction to Hypothesis Testing
139
chapter 8 Hypothesis Testing if N 1
167
chapter 13 Chi Square and HypothesisTesting with Categorical Variables
305
Appendix A Cumulative Standardized Normal Distribution
325
Critical Values of t
329
Critical Values of F
331
Critical Values of 2 Chi Squared Distribution Critical Values of X2
335
Appendix E Advanced Statistics to Be Aware of
337
Appendix F Using SPSS
345
Glossary
383

chapter 9 Statistical Power
185
chapter 10 ttests OneSample and WithinGroups
219
chapter 11 The BetweenGroups ttest
247
chapter 12 Analysis of Variance
277
Answers to Set B Homework Problems
389
References
449
Index
451
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Glenn Geher is Professor and Chair of Psychology at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where he has taught Statistics and various other courses related to psychology and evolution since 2000. He also is the founding director of New Paltz's Evolutionary Studies Program, which has been awarded thousands of dollars from the National Science Foundation to help advance evolution's place in higher education. He has over 60 publications including several books and articles on various topics related to evolution and social psychology. His work has been covered in several media outlets including the New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Redbook, and Cosmopolitan. He lives with his wife Kathy and two children, Megan and Andrew, in rural upstate New York.

Sara Hall has earned degrees in both Psychology and Criminology. She lives in Oregon with her husband, Benjamin, and their four children, Jackson, Stella, Susanna, and Sailor.

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