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SPSS for Psychologists

Fifth Edition, 5th Edition

By Nicola Brace, Richard Kemp, Rosemary Snelgar


488 pages

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With over 50,000 copies sold, the new edition of this best-selling guide carefully leads the user through the process of using SPSS version 20 to analyze psychological data. The authors review the basic issues regarding design and proceed through all of the major statistical techniques used in psychology, from introductory to advanced level. Noted for its comprehensive coverage, clarity, and flexibility, this book is an indispensable resource for students at all levels. With its student-friendly layout, accessible style, and unbeatable coverage, it provides a step-by-step tour of SPSS. Written especially for psychology students, this book shows readers how to get the most out of SPSS. A number of sample exercises, datasets and other useful resources can be found at www.palgrave.com/psychology/brace.

This 5th Edition:

  • features a color layout and chapter tabs for easy reading and navigation
  • displays annotated screenshots and key ‘tip’ boxes to help students track their progress and avoid common pitfalls
  • provides expanded coverage of graphing and guides students through reporting the outcome of statistical analysis
  • sets SPSS in the context of research design and statistics, and discusses the rationale and use of each test throughout.

Key Features of the new edition:

  • Fully updated to cover SPSS version 20 and backward-compatible with other versions
  • New material on bivariate (simple) regression and expanded coverage of multiple regression
  • Two new SPSS data files for several complex statistical inferential tests
  • New ‘How to report results’ boxes guide students through their findings
  • Accessible layout and writing style, perfect for students

The book reviews advanced statistical material such as ANCOVA, factor analysis, logistic regression, and discriminant analysis as well as issues related to research design, data entry, data handling, data manipulation and modification in SPSS; how to calculate basic statistical procedures using SPSS; tests of difference for two sample designs, tests of correlation, and tests for nominal and categorical data; and tests for experiments involving complex designs or for data obtained using surveys. SPSS for Psychologists, 5th edition covers SPSS version 20, but is also appropriate for earlier versions. The book highlights the differences between the versions and includes coverage of reliability measures, partial correlations, and using statistics for scale constructions.


"Detailed, thorough and easy to follow—everything undergraduate students need and a bit more." – Ana Fernandez, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

"An excellent introductory resource for students …the authors provide a user-friendly approach to help students decide which statistical tests to use and when, how to perform the analysis, interpret the output, and report the results without overwhelming them with too much formula." Claire Hart, Lecturer in Psychology, University of Southampton, UK

"An absolute must have text if you are serious about understanding the power of SPSS as a tool that skillfully presents quantitative data analysis. The authors critically present informative explanations that enable each of us, students and lecturers alike, to understand the use of this quantitative tool."Catherine O’Reilly, Institute of Public Administration, Dublin 4, Ireland

'Written quite brilliantly … I love it. All the stats you need up to and past your degree."- Graham Edgar, Reader in Psychology, Gloucestershire University, UK

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.2. Data Entry in SPSS. 3. Exploring Data in SPSS. 4. Data Handling.5. Tests of Difference for Two Sample Designs.6. Tests of Correlation. 7. Tests for Nominal Data. 8. Analysis of Variance.9. Bivariate and Multiple Regression. 10. Analysis of Covariance and Multivariate.11. Discriminant Analysis and Logistic Regression.12. Factor Analysis, and Reliability and Dimensionality of Scales.13. Beyond the Basics.Glossary. Appendix.

About the Authors

Nicola Brace is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the Open University, UK.

Richard Kemp is Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Rosemary Snelgar is Principal Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Westminster, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Statistics
PSYCHOLOGY / Research & Methodology
PSYCHOLOGY / Statistics

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