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Statistics for The Behavioral and Social Sciences: A Brief Course (5th Edition) 5th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0205797253
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For one-quarter/semester courses that focus on the basics or combine statistics with research methods. By using definitional formulas to emphasize the concepts of statistics, rather than rote memorization, students work problems in a way that keeps them constantly aware of the underlying logic of what they are doing. Here, in the fifth edition of "Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, t"he authors have refined their text by building off an already well-established approach - emphasizing the intuitive, deemphasizing the mathematical, and explaining everything in direct, simple language - but also going beyond these principles to both further student understanding and stimulate the long-suffering community of statistics instructors. By using definitional formulas to emphasize the concepts of statistics, rather than rote memorization, students work problems in a way that keeps them constantly aware of the underlying logic of what they are doing.

About the Author

Arthur Aron, Ph.D.

Dr. Aron is Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Director of the Stony Brook Interpersonal Relationships Lab (http://www.psychology.stonybrook.edu/aronlab-), and Co-Director of the Stony Brook Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience Center.  His research centers on the self-expansion model of motivation and cognition in personal relationships and intergroup relations, including the neural underpinnings and real-world applications of the model to close relationships and intergroup relations. He has published more than 100 scientific papers, including two foundational papers in collaboration with Dr. Elaine Aron on his basic theoretical model that have more than 500 citations; and his earliest one, on the “shaky bridge study,” has become a classic in the field and is cited in nearly every introductory psychology text, social psychology text, and psychology methods text published in the last 20 years. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Personal Relationships, and Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.  He has received major grants from the National Science Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, the Fetzer Foundation, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  He recently received the Distinguished Research Career Award from the International Association for Relationship Research.

 

Elliot J. Coups, Ph.D.

Dr. Coups is Associate Professor of Medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a faculty member in the Division of Public Health Science at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey. He received his PhD in social/health psychology from Rutgers University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cancer prevention and control at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Coups’ primary area of research focuses on understanding and promoting health-related behaviors among cancer survivors. His research in this area has included identifying the prevalence and correlates of physical activity among lung cancer survivors, testing the feasibility of an Internet-based weight loss intervention for colorectal cancer survivors, and examining longitudinal changes in health behaviors among individuals completing treatment for colorectal cancer. Dr. Coups also conducts research to identify the prevalence, patterns, and correlates of behavioral risk factors for cancer among the general adult population. The goal of Dr. Coups’ research program is to develop innovative, theory-driven health behavior interventions that enhance the quality of life of cancer survivors and those at risk for cancer. Dr. Coups has published more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and his research has been supported by grants from the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the National Cancer Institute.

 

Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D.

Dr. Aron is a researcher, writer, and clinical psycholgist in private practice.  Her most widely cited work focuses on the innate temperament/personality trait of sensory processing sensitivity, with research ranging from in-depth qualitatve interviews to laboratory experiments, representative surveys, and neuroimaging studies.  She is also well known for her research in collaboration with Dr. Arthur Aron on close relationships, including two seminal books.  She has published more than 40 research papers and has given more than 100 invited talks, colloquia, and continuing education workshops for professionals.  Her just released book Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person(Routledge, 2010) represents the integration of her research with her clinical experience.  In addition to her academic writing, she has published eight books for the general public based on her research, including the best-selling The Highly Sensitive Person, translated into 14 languages, and The Highly Sensitive Child, translated into 10 languages(both Broadway Books), and the just released The Undervalued Self (Little, Brown, 2010).  She has also published a best-selling novel.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 5 edition (July 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205797253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205797257
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.8 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If nothing else, this book recognizes that those who are in the social sciences may have had difficult experiences with statistics in the past that focused purely on the formulas. This book can't make stats 'easy', but it does its best to make it understandable - breaking down the reasoning behind each formulaic move so that you can truly understand the meaning behind the numbers. If you have an option of taking a stats class with this book as opposed to a straight stats for beginners, I'd recommend this one any day.
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I'd like to say that first off, I can't stand that the majority of the reviews here are about the delivery of this POS textbook. This is not Ebay!

What is inside the book is what counts and this book for me is an absolute nightmare. I have never taken a statistics class before and being an online student with no time and no access to tutors is an absolute disaster. This book is of no use to a person who is not previously familiar to statistics. It provides no effective examples of the problems for a person to effectively reverse engineer. If you have this book for an online class, you should seek a different means to learn statistics. This book was written with an assumption that you will retain 92% of what you read every week. I'm paying about $1100 for this class and I want a refund for the book!
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A dreadful little book. It starts out well, but beyond the first few pages, I felt it was horrid. Admittedly, I'm not a math person, but even so, this was a tough one to wade through. I'm glad I only rented it and that it's out of my hands, never to be picked up again.
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This was extremely difficult to understand but it may be because I am not math oriented. I needed it for a class that I barely passed. I sold it to the University bookstore at a horribly low price but at least I got a little money back because it would have just sat on my bookshelf or became bedding for my bird. It would be little ironic to watch my bird poo on other birds.
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This product is in horrible shape, if my class would have started later I would have returned this for a one for a new one. The book is literally falling apart, the cover has holes and tears as well as random parts throughout the book. By far, this is the worst condition book I have had thus far.
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I learn Stats better with mathematical formulas, which this book expresses. Using Greek letters is too confusing for me, which most other Stat text books use to teach. This book is perfect for the algebraic expression of the formulas.
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Very well laid out. By far the easiest statistics text to follow I have ever encountered. Step by step instructions as to how to get problems solved. This will put a smile on the face of even those who panic at the thought of the subject.
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Book was pretty clear and concise. I understood it. Got an A in the class. Much better book than previous one used when I took the class the first time. I would recommend this book to others.
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