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Statistical Methods in Psychology

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2020/21

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Module Name:

Statistical Methods in Psychology

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Module Convener

Derrick Watson

Module Teachers

Michelle McGillion

Module Aims

This course complements PS114 Research Methods in Psychology. The module provides an introduction to the skills and knowledge necessary for psychological investigation and the statistical analysis of psychological research data. The module covers the principles of various techniques and their procedural implementation and provides essential preparation for the second year methods course and the second and third year projects.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to understand :

  • the properties of different kinds of quantitative and qualitative data;
  • techniques for displaying data;
  • measures of central tendency;
  • measures of variability;
  • elements of probability theory;
  • probability distributions;
  • principles of correlation;
  • sampling distributions and their use in hypothesis testing;
  • principles of parametric and non-parametric hypothesis testing;
  • regression; the use of chi-square tests;
  • the principles and techniques of within- and between-subjects analysis of variance;
  • the design of factorial experiments, and factorial analysis of variance
  • experimental design, techniques and ethics

Module Work Load

Module Length

20 weeks


Weekly 1 hour lecture


an optional follow-up session to the lecture each week


Attendance at lectures is compulsory

Module Assessment


Assessed work:

Assessments 1



Assessed work:

Assessments 2



Research experience




Module Reading List

Essential course text

Howell, D. C. (2008). Fundamental statistics for the behavioral sciences (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth. (or a more recent edition of this text)

Also highly recommended is:

Nunn, J. (Ed.) (1998). Laboratory psychology: A beginner's guide. Hove, UK: Psychology Press.

Other useful sources

Harris, P. (2002). Designing and reporting experiments in psychology. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Mulberg, J. (2002). Figuring figures: An introduction to data analysis. Harlow, UK: Pearson Education.

Robson, C. (1993). Real world research. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.

Rosnow, R. L., & Rosnow, M. (2001). Writing papers in psychology. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

The British Psychological Society Web site