This text uses the same conceptual, intuitive approach of Basic Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, but eliminates extensive reference material and advanced or obscure statistical methods. Essentials presents only the procedures undergraduates need for reading research literature and conducting their own studies. New terms are integrated with more difficult concepts in an accessible, non-threatening format that provides concise explanations, creating a foundation and making further elaboration easier to understand.
Students learn more intuitively through examples drawn from everyday life, and virtually all involve specific variables and research questions instead of generic data. Once students review the learning goals for each chapter, they follow a focused structure that emphasizes understanding of general concepts and procedures, supported by Remember sections that recall calculations or interpretations of a statistic. Two-part end-of-chapter problems offer Review Questions, which require students to define terms and outline procedures; and Application Questions, which ask them to perform procedures, interpret their results, and critique others.