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Fundamental Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, 7th Edition [Hardcover]

David C. Howell
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January 25, 2010 0495811254 978-0495811251 7
David Howell's practical approach focuses on the context of statistics in behavioral research, with an emphasis on looking before leaping; investigating the data before jumping into a test. This provides you with an understanding of the logic behind the statistics: why and how certain methods are used rather than just doing techniques by rote. Learn faster and understand more because Howell's texts moves you beyond number crunching, allowing you to discover the meaning of statistical results and how they relate to the research questions being asked.

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About the Author

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 with 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.

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  • Hardcover: 652 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 7 edition (January 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495811254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495811251
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, currently in a Seventh Edition (Wadsworth, 2010), and the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF STATISTICS IN BEHAVIOR SCIENCE (2005) with Brian Everitt. Before retiring, he frequently served as consultant with 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.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare jewel December 22, 2000
Format:Hardcover
This may be the single best textbook I have ever used, or it may just seem that way because of the difficulty most stat textbooks have in explaining their concepts. Unfortunately, I only discovered it after two semesters of incoherent text books and bad teaching; it was only later, through his book, that I got the entire picture. Howell starts with the "why?" of statistical tests (necssary, but often not done), takes you through the equations relatively painlessly, and provides realistic commentary on actual uses, strengths and weaknesses, and controversies surrounding statistical techniques. I now tutor in statistics (really), and I just rely on Howell for the simplest and best method of explication. Now, if only he wrote an advanced text...
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superbly-written and serious intorduction January 23, 2001
Format:Hardcover
I've been using the 3rd edition for several years now, and I just think it's an extraordinarily clear, concise, and well-written book. Howell is better at presenting the basic statistical concepts (of ANOVA, for example) than any other author I've seen.
Other introductory books (such as Runyon's "Fundamentals of Behavioral Statistics") may provide more advanced treatments or cover more material, but in general they end up being long-winded and unfocused. Howell's book is crisp.
And in case you're wondering about the title, statistical methods for the behavioral sciences are not different than statistical methods in any other quantitative discipline. It's just that Howell draws his examples from psychology, sociology, etc., and may make mention of some of the conventions used by researchers in these fields.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding introductory text in statistics. April 15, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This text is the most clearly written and useful of four different introductory statistics texts that I have examined. Its emphasis on insight rather than rote learning of formulae makes the subject easily understood and retained.
This book is a "keeper".
The author stresses the use of computers discusses several statistics programs available. He also thoughtfully provides exercise data for input to several a computer program. It is unfortunate, however, that he failed to mention the most powerful of these programs on the market today. I hope that he will examine this in future editions.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but no reason for new edition November 21, 2007
Format:Hardcover
Howell writes well and provides multiple examples but there is no justifiable reason for (a) multiple editions within a short time span (this is the THIRD in the course of my PhD), and (b) blatant errors (e.g. he states, this is the same result we saw in Table x and it isn't). At this price I expect a product to be near perfect. I still have the 4th edition (published by Duxbury) and it would have served fine for my current course of advanced inferential stats. Fortunately the binding fell apart in the 5th edition and I was able to get my money back, saving me $100 on three purchases in five years of essentially the same book. As I said: Good, but no reason for new edition.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I have been using this text for Levels 1, 2, and 3 social sciences statistics teaching in Britain and abroad for over 8 years now. Although I have tried using other introductory texts, I have yet to find a text as comprehensive and as clearly written as this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book...for a textbook August 25, 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It's a good book, as far as statistics textbooks go. It makes a tough subject very easy to understand, using many accessible examples and simple terms. Most of the other students in my class had trouble with this course. I was one of the only ones who actually read the assigned chapters, and I was the only one who got a 98 in the class. So, I think that says something!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stats book review February 15, 2008
By nik
Format:Hardcover
This is a pretty decent statistics book. It has few, if any, examples for each chapter. The questions at the end of each chapter, however, are written well and help you to understand the material a little better. I think it would be difficult if you were relying solely on this book and not an instructor to learn the material. But overall, it is a decently written school book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good book July 18, 2007
By victor
Format:Hardcover
I liked the explanations given about every step while learning the steps of analysis. The book explains 'how and why' in simple language. Also, the print outs of the computerized format of the analysis helped me! Definitely recommend this book for a beginner like me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 15 days ago by Denise
5.0 out of 5 stars The author's personal touch makes this book a winner
Although, this was not the textbook that nursing ended up using. I did start reading this book before the semester. I love this book and the writers style. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pinkchameleonrn
4.0 out of 5 stars Text Book
This was a required text book for my statistics class. Not a bad "math" book. You certainly make use of the tables in the back of the book!
Published 6 months ago by sms7412
3.0 out of 5 stars I think the book is used
I paid extra to get a new copy but my copy is slightly used. The front looks like someone has had it in a backpack or something before and there is some writing on the inside... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informational
Easy to understand and to locate needed information. Useful in college online statistics course. Useful to look up definitions and examples of problems.
Published 11 months ago by MIchelle Egler
4.0 out of 5 stars good content
the author successfully makes the complicated subject of statistics easier to understand. The author has a website that goes along with the book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by neftali
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Good, as advertised, arrived on time in good condition, price was good and book is as expected and as needed to meet my expectations and the advertisement information.
Published 13 months ago by PHDStudent
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Introductory statistics book for teaching undergraduate...
I've been teaching statistics at the graduate and undergraduate level for over 20 years. David Howell's textbook is hands down the best textbook I've ever used for teaching... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Michael Craig Stallings
5.0 out of 5 stars Affordable, ayyyyyyyy!
I purchased this for my Psych Stats class and it is exactly as described. Saved a ton of money compared to the highway robbery of the University Bookstore.
Published 17 months ago by J. Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Great introductory text for people with little or no experience with...
This book is well-written, with interesting and applicable examples of the topics covered in general statistics. Read more
Published 18 months ago by AlexaRae K.
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