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Statistical Concepts for the Behavioral Sciences, 4th Edition

This text emphasizes contemporary research problems to better illustrate the relevance of statistical analysis in scientific research. All statistical methods are introduced in the context of a realistic problem, many of which are from contemporary published research.

From the Back Cover

This book is an introduction to statistics for the behavioral sciences in which emphasis is placed on developing and explaining statistics in the context of actual research problems. Formal statistical theory is minimized in favor of a conceptual approach to statistics. –This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Harold O. Kiess is a Professor Emeritus, Framingham State College, Framingham, Massachusetts. He received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1967. After several years as a Research Psychologist for the United States Army studying the impact of climatic variables on human performance, he joined the Department of Psychology at Framingham State College. While at Framingham, Hal developed and taught courses in research methodology and statistical analysis, as well as the historical foundations of psychology. His first textbook, Psychological Research Methods: A Conceptual Approach, coauthored with Dr. Douglas W. Bloomquist (Allyn & Bacon, 1985) focused on integrating statistics and research methodology. Hal authored three editions of Statistical Concepts for the Behavioral Sciences before joining with Dr. Bonnie Green as coauthor for the current fourth edition. In recent years his teaching interests focused on using computers and the Internet as teaching tools.

Bonnie A. Green, Ph.D. is an associate professor of psychology at East Stroudsburg University. In addition, she is a member of the Statistical Educational Consulting Center at ESU. Fascinated with how humans learn and remember, Bonnie began her academic career with a B.S. in Elementary Education from Penn State in 1986. After teaching elementary school science and math for several years, she returned to graduate school to obtain a M.S. in Experimental Psychology in 1998 and a Ph.D. in 2002 from Lehigh University. Bonnie Green spent a year at Cedar Crest College teaching behavioral statistics and research methods before joining the faculty at ESU in 2003 where she has been teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in behavioral statistics, research methods, and psychometrics.

I used this book for my psychological statistics course last semester. Although I have had teachers in the past who explained things more adequately, this book did a really good job explaining things for the most part. I almost always use examples to learn how to apply knowledge, as working through a problem step by step seems to be the best teacher to me. Fortunately, this book has a lot of examples. And, as a bonus, these examples apply towards the social sciences so you can see how everything fits in with a topic you’re actually interested in (let’s face it, few are interested in math).
I had already taken a statistics course in high school, so my stats class last year was pretty much a review for me. However, I wound up actually learning more than I planned to because of this book.
Overall, I recommend the book for anybody learning statistics.

Product Details :

  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 4 edition (January 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205626246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205626243
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.1 x 1 inches

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