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Statistical Methods in Neuropsychology

Common Procedures Made Comprehensible

Maroof, David Aaron

2012, X, 110 p.

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  • Addresses the issue of when and how to use appropriate statistical modeling in neuropsychology
  • Only text to dovetail the two subdisciplines of neuropsychology and statistical modeling through nonmathematical frameworks
  • Provides a how-to approach to overcoming common problems in neuropsychology research

Statistical Methods in Neuropsychology

Common Procedures Made Comprehensible

 

David Aaron Maroof

 Statistics: not only the bane of many a student’s existence, but also puzzling to any number of mental health professionals. At the same time, they are necessary in making sound clinical judgments as to clients’ cognitive functioning or decline. Without them, a practitioner may be at a loss to explain findings or recommendations, or understand data in context.
 
The first publication of its kind, Statistical Methods in Neuropsychology brings the broad field of applied statistics and the specialized field of neuropsychology together to simplify and demystify test results. In readable, at times downright funny prose employing the minimum of hard math (and even less hard jargon), this concise volume shows readers how to effectively translate psychometric test data into real-world clinical practice, and offers a fuller understanding of the research literature. The author critiques commonly used statistical methods on the basis of their strengths and weaknesses, and reviews the issues in these key areas:
 
• Assessing validity.
• Statistical assumptions.
• Exploratory factor analysis.
• Normative data.
• Covariates and covariance analysis.
• Regression and logistic regression analysis.
• Multivariate analysis of variance.
 
Statistical Methods in Neuropsychology will appeal to a wide variety of neuropsychologists, cognitive neuroscientists, psychiatrists, and experimental psychologists: those who understand statistics but want to know the why behind them, those new to the field and still getting familiar with the formulas, and those wishing to retake the course with a witty, world-class professor.

 

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Applied statistics - Cognitive performance - Experimental design - Hierarchical regression model

Related subjects » Neuropsychology - Public Health

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