# Statistics For Psychology

June 24, 2009 by kltangen

Filed under By The Book

One of the best things you can do in college is to build your personal library. You can Google, Yahoo or Bing everything else but you should have a few good books on your shelf. You need a general psych book, one on learning, an abnormal or personality text (to help explain your friends and relatives), and a good stat book. For the last category, here’s one you should consider.

Here is a good, hardcover, standard statistics text. It’s the fifth edition, so it’s been around long enough to get the kinks out. And it has been recently updated (2008), so it can last you for a long time. And it’s got what I’ve come to expect from Pearson (one of my favorite publishers): good paper, great graphics, and not overly flashy. It’s two-color, which is enough to give the pages some interest but not so colorful as to be distracting.

Aron, Aron & Coups do a good job with the material. It’s pretty straightforward. It’s not great writing–compared to me, of course J–but it won’t wear you out. Stats is best when presented straight ahead, and this trio pretty much does that. It doesn’t spend as much time on when to use what technique, or what the underlying assumptions are, but that’s not uncommon. This is a very serviceable book, and I give it high marks.

Aron, Arthur, Aron, Elaine & Coups, Elliot

Statistics for Psychology

1994-2009

5^{th} edition

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Displaying the Order In a Group of Numbers

See Day 1: Measurement

Chapter 2: The Mean, Variance, Standard Deviation and Z Scores

See Day 2: Central Tendency

See Day 3: Dispersion

See Day 4: z scores

Chapter 3: Some Key Ingredients for Inferential Statistics

Chapter 4: Introduction to Hypothesis Testing

See Day 1: Measurement

Chapter 5: Hypothesis Tests With Means of Samples

Chapter 6: Making Sense of Statistical Significance

See Day 7: Probability

Chapter 7: Introduction to the t Test

Chapter 8: The t Test For Independent Means

See Day 8: Independent t-Test

Chapter 9: Introduction to the Analysis of Variance

See Day 9: One-way ANOVA

Chapter 10: Factorial Analysis of Variance

See Day 10: Advanced Procedures

Chapter 11: Correlation

See Day 5: Correlation

Chapter 12: Prediction

See Day 6: Regression

Chapter 13: Chi-Square Tests

Chapter 14: Strategies When Population Distributions Are Not Normal

Chapter 15: Making Sense of Advd Stat Procedures in Research Articles

See Day 10: Advanced Procedures

I would like to register for to access your website. Is that still an option? If so, can you direct to a link to register? I cannot seem to find one online.

Thank you,

Teresa Kearl

No need to register. Everything is available fron the front page and it’s all free.

The 10 day course says it’s for members only when I click on it. It tells me to go register. Help?

Try it now. I’m not sure where you’re clicking but all pages should be available to you now.

In general, just go the front page and work your way down the left column. Each “day” should be readily accessible to you. If not, let me know and I’ll fix it.