chapter  1
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Statistics in Psychology: Data, Models, and a Little History

As Dr. Colman states, psychology is indeed a diverse and fascinating subject, and many students are attracted to it because of its exciting promise of delving into many aspects of human behavior, sensation, perception, cognition, emotion, and personality, to name but a few. It probably comes as a disagreeable shock to many such students that they are often called on, early in their studies, to learn about statistics, because the subject (and, sadly, its practitioners, statisticians), are mostly seen as anything but exciting, and the general opinion seems to be that both should be avoided as far as possible.