September 1962

Statistics in Psychological Research.

Author Affiliations

William S. Ray, Ph.D. Price, $6. Pp. 303, with 43 illustrations. The MacMillan Company, 60 Fifth Ave., New York 11, 1962.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1962;7(3):225-226. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1962.01720030071019

According to its author this book was primarily intended as a 1-semester text for an introductory statistics course in psychology and allied fields of interest. Since it was the outgrowth of teaching almost 500 advanced undergraduate and graduate students during a period of 6 years, their capabilities and limitations provided the standard for determining the level of difficulty. The reviewer agrees that the content and exposition are appropriate for the purpose indicated. In addition, it should provide a good review for researchers whose memory of statistics is somewhat jaded, or an introduction for those who were denied the privilege of statistics courses during their student days.

Within limitations, the goals for all introductory books in this area are homogeneous. Their function is to convey to the readers the meaning and usefulness of statistical inference in research and to provide them with a working knowledge of a number

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