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Fundamental Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, 8th Edition

  • David C. Howell University of Vermont
  • ISBN-10: 1285076915  |  ISBN-13: 9781285076911
  • 672 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2004
  • © 2014 | Published
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Overview

FUNDAMENTAL STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES focuses on providing the context of statistics in behavioral research, while emphasizing the importance of looking at data before jumping into a test. This practical approach provides students with an understanding of the logic behind the statistics, so they understand why and how certain methods are used--rather than simply carry out techniques by rote. Students move beyond number crunching to discover the meaning of statistical results and appreciate how the statistical test to be employed relates to the research questions posed by an experiment. An abundance of real data and research studies provide a real-life perspective and help students understand concepts as they learn about the analysis of data. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Features and Benefits

  • Each chapter begins with a listing of terms to be used in the chapter that were introduced earlier. The author includes terms that students have the hardest time understanding, and which consequently warrant repeating. Especially in the early chapters, terms are redefined not only when first introduced, but also when used a second, third, or even a fourth time.
  • The book's clear writing, clear definition of terms, and use of worked out examples help students understand some of the more difficult concepts in statistics.
  • The text is full of applications, with real data used in all examples. This places a real life perspective on the material and allows for deeper student understanding. The applications are listed on the inside front covers.
  • Based on the author's belief that formulas are most helpful in helping students learn concepts, formulas used in the book are definitional rather than for purposes of calculation.
  • Hundreds of exercises, most of which are based on data from published research, promote student interest and provide the context of statistics in behavioral research.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
2. Basic Concepts.
3. Displaying Data.
4. Measures of Central Tendency.
5. Measures of Variability.
6. The Normal Distribution.
7. Basic Concepts of Probability.
8. Sampling Distributions and Hypothesis Testing.
9. Correlation.
10. Regression.
11. Multiple Regression.
12. Hypothesis Tests Applied to Means: One Sample.
13. Hypothesis Tests Applied to Means: Two Related Samples.
14. Hypothesis Tests Applied to Means: Two Independent Samples.
15. Power.
16. One-Way Analysis of Variance.
17. Factorial Analysis of Variance.
18. Repeated-Measures Analysis of Variance.
19. Chi-Square.
20. Nonparametric and Distribution-Free Statistical Tests.
21. Meta-Analysis.
Appendix A: Arithmetic Review.
Appendix B: Symbols and Notation.
Appendix C: Basic Statistical Formulae.
Appendix D: Data Set.
Appendix E: Statistical Tables.
Glossary.
References.
Answers to Exercises.
Index.

What's New

  • This edition incorporates changes that reflect the state of the field today. In addition, the author carefully revised the narrative with an eye toward clarifying concepts to be as understandable as possible for students reading about them for the first time.
  • Each chapter begins with a list of important concepts to be discussed, helping to focus students' attention as they read.
  • An important feature of this book is the continued increase in emphasis on measures of effect size. While this emphasis in is line with trends in the field, it is also important because it causes students--and researchers--to think carefully about what a result means.
  • This edition includes a chapter on meta-analysis, which the author likens to an extension of the behavioral science's emphasis on effect sizes along with statistical significance.
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Meet the Author

Author Bio

David C. Howell

David C. Howell is a professor emeritus and former chair of the psychology department at the University of Vermont. Professor Howell's primary area of research is in statistics and experimental methods. He is also the author of STATISTICAL METHODS FOR PSYCHOLOGY, currently in an Eighth Edition (Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2013), and the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF STATISTICS IN BEHAVIOR SCIENCE (2005) with Brian Everitt. Before retiring, he frequently served as consultant to other faculty, both in the psychology department and in departments as disparate as Geology and Animal Sciences, and brings those experiences to this endeavor. Professor Howell's other interests include computing and the World Wide Web, and how technology affects communication, teaching, and research.