An Introduction to Psychological Statistics

An Introduction to Psychological Statistics

Introduction to Psychological Statistics – We are constantly bombarded by information, and finding a way to filter that information in an objective way is crucial to surviving this onslaught with your san ity intact. This is what statistics, and logic we use in it, enables us to do.

Through the lens of statistics, we learn to find the signal hidden in the noise when it is there and to know when an apparent trend or pattern is really just randomness. The study of statistics involves math and relies upon calculations of numbers. But it also relies heavily on how the numbers are chosen and how the statistics are interpreted.

Table of Contents

  • Prologue: A letter to my students
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Describing Data using Distributions and Graphs
  • Chapter 3: Measures of Central Tendency and Spread
  • Chapter 4: z-score and the Standard Normal Distribution
  • Chapter 5: Probability
  • Chapter 6: Sampling Distributions
  • Chapter 7: Introduction to Hypothesis Testing
  • Chapter 8: Introduction to t-tests
  • Chapter 9: Repeated Measures
  • Chapter 10: Independent Samples
  • Chapter 11: Analysis of Variance
  • Chapter 12: Correlations
  • Chapter 13: Linear Regression
  • Chapter 14: Chi-square
  • Epilogue: A Brave New World

About the Contributors


Garett C. Foster, University of Missouri-St. Louis

David Lane, Rice University

David Scott, Rice University

Mikki Hebl, Rice University

Rudy Guerra, Rice University

Dan Osherson, Rice University

Heidi Zimmer, University of Houston, Downtown Campus