Andy Field's unique approach introduces students across the social sciences to the importance and relevance of statistics in a lavishly illustrated format and style that overcomes traditional anxiety for the subject and dullness of typical offerings. As with the immensely successful Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics and Discovering Statistics Using R, his motives for writing Discovering Statistics: The Reality Enigma stem from his desire to make statistics a bit more pleasant to learn and to counter his negative experience of textbooks when he was a student.
The medium, the message and the rock-solid statistics coverage combine to raise the level of attainment of even the most Maths-phobic student on their first statistics course, covering in more detail, the introductory content his previous books touch on. In doing so, it provides an unrivalled launchpad to further study, research and inquisitiveness about the real world which equips students with the skills to succeed in their chosen degree and which they can apply in the workplace.
About the Author
Andy Field is Professor of Child Psychopathology at the University of Sussex. He has published over 80 research papers, 29 book chapters, and 17 books mostly on child emotional development and statistics. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychopathology and has been an associate editor and editorial board member for the British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology, Cognition and Emotion, Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review and Research Synthesis Methods.
His ability to make statistics accessible and fun has been recognized with local and national teaching awards (University of Sussex, 2001, 2015; the British Psychological Society, 2007), a prestigious UK National Teaching Fellowship (2010), and the British Psychological Society book award (2006). He adores cats (and dogs), and loves to listen to and play very heavy music. He lives in Brighton with his wonderful wife Zoe, his son Zach, his crazy spaniel Ramsey and Fuzzy the cat.
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