Understanding Psychology as a Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Statistical Inference by Zoltan DienesUnderstanding Psychology as a Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Statistical Inference by Zoltan Dienes

Understanding Psychology as a Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Statistical Inference

byZoltan Dienes

Paperback | February 28, 2008

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How can we objectively define categories of truth in scientific thinking? How can we reliably measure the results of research? In this ground-breaking text, Dienes undertakes a comprehensive historical analysis of the dominant schools of thought, key theories and influential thinkers that have progressed the foundational principles and characteristics that typify scientific research methodology today. This book delivers a masterfully simple, 'though not simplistic', introduction to the core arguments surrounding Popper, Kuhn and Lakatos, Fisher and Royall, Neyman and Pearson and Bayes. Subsequently, this book clarifies the prevalent misconceptions that surround such theoretical perspectives in psychology today, providing an especially accessible critique for student readers.  

This book launches an informative inquiry into the methods by which psychologists throughout history have arrived at the conclusions of research, equipping readers with the knowledge to accurately design and evaluate their own research and gain confidence in critiquing results in psychology research. Particular attention is given to understanding methods of measuring the falsifiability of statements, probabilities and the differing views on statistical inference. An illuminating book for any undergraduate psychology student taking courses in critical thinking, research methods, BPS's core area 'conceptual and historical issues' as well as those studying masters, phd's and experienced researchers. 

ZOLTAN DIENES is a Reader in Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex, where he has lectured since 1990. His main research area is learning and he has written 65 publications. He teaches a core course on philosophy of psychology to all final year psychology undergraduates.
Title:Understanding Psychology as a Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Statistical InferenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.39 inPublished:February 28, 2008Publisher:Palgrave Higher EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023054231X

ISBN - 13:9780230542310

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Table of Contents

Karl Popper and Demarcation.- Kuhn and Lakatos: Paradigms and Programmes.- Neyman, Pearson and Hypothesis Testing.- Bayes and the Probability of Hypotheses.- Fisher and the Likelihood: The Royall Road to Evidence.

Editorial Reviews

"An engrossing read.  Dienes relates statistical controversies to general issues in the philosophy of science, and in so doing puts common misconceptions right.  The book is full of advice that makes the difference between a mediocre and expert researcher. Despite some difficult passages I was drawn into the story and imagine that when reading about statistics - remarkable!  In sum: A very useful correction to our typical methods courses for advanced undergrads, graduates, and even many established researchers." - Professor Josef Perner, University of Salzburg"Quite remarkable. A text book on research methods that actually explains how science works, why it has the exciting texture that it does and what the philosophical principles are that underlie it. It will change the way in which research methods courses are taught in the social sciences which, I think, is a very good thing...This volume has the potential to stimulate a dramatic and welcome shift in how social scientists are trained." - Arthur Reber, Broeklundian Professor, Emeritus, CUNY"."I can thoroughly recommend this book. Dienes makes topics that are often dull interesting, covers positions he does not favour fairly and comprehensively, and describes all the important issues succinctly without covering the many things that, whilst interesting to people working in the field, are probably irrelevant to a basic grounding. In short, a really nice, brief, but comprehensive account of the important issues underlying psychology understanding." - Dr Roland Baddeley, University of Bristol, UK "This book presents psychology students with a careful line of argument, and is in itself an excellent example of how to write. It provides an authoritative and lucid treatment of the scientific nature of psychology that will appeal to undergraduates and anyone else interested in the tussle between science and irrationality." - Morag Maclean, Oxford Brookes University, UK.