In a Nutshell
Andy Field is Professor of Child Psychopathology at the University of Sussex, UK. Historically he researches emotion development in children, but increasingly he sits alone in a cave full of glow-worms listening to heavy metal and 70’s rock and looking at numbers. He is author of the bestselling textbook ‘Discovering Statistics using IBM SPSS Statistics: and sex and drugs and rock n’ roll’, for which he won the British Psychological Society book award in 2007. It is now in its fourth edition and has been cited over 26,000 times in scientific papers. He has subsequently written versions of the book for SAS and R. Most recently, he published ‘An Adventure In Statistics: The Reality Enigma’, which aims to teach statistics through a fictional story.
His uncontrollable enthusiasm for teaching statistics to psychologists has led to teaching awards from the University of Sussex (2001, 2015, 2016), the British Psychological Society (2006) and a prestigious National Teaching fellowship (2010). He’s done lots of other academic things too but he finds it tedious trying to remember what they might have been. None of them really matter because in the unlikely event that you’ve ever heard of him it’ll be as the ‘Stats book guy’. In his spare time, he plays the drums very noisily in a heavy metal band, which he finds therapeutic. Ironically, despite being well known for his love of cats, he hasn’t lived with one since his much-loved ‘Fuzzy’ died in 2016. Instead he fills this emotional void with a wife, two sons, and a crazy cocker spaniel called Ramsey.
Slander and Lies
- Interviews about An Adventure in Statistics
- The Psychologist article about how music influence academic work.
- NewsBreak article discussing Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics (2013).
- Article about my paper on attentional bias in Dr. Who and Spider fearful people (Purkis, H. M., Lester, K. J., & Field, A. P. (2010). But what about the Empress of Racnoss? The allocation of attention to spiders and Dr Who in a visual search task is predicted by fear and expertise. Emotion.).
- Picking up my National Teaching Fellowship (September 2010)
- National Teaching Fellowship Announcement (JUne 2010)
- Times Higher Education Suppliment Interview (September 2009)
- The Psychologist Interview (2008)
- Video Interview discussing Discovering Statistics Using SPSS (3rd Ed) (2008)
- [British Psychological Society Book Award Announcement(June 2007)
- British Psychological Society Teaching Award Talk (June 2006)
- British Psychological Society Teaching Award Announcement (December 2005)
- PsychTalk Interview (2003)
- PsyPag Quarterly Interview(2003)
An Adventure in Statistics
My speech at the launch of An Adventure in Statistics
Questions about the book
Working with illustrator Jaames Iles
What I learnt from James Iles
How James found working with me
Hidden messages and favourite illustrations
James talking about working on the book
James and I talking about my dodgy artwork descriptions
James on working in the dark because I didn’t plan properly
James and I discuss the Bridge of Death
Discovering Statistics using IBM SPSS Statistics
About the book
The part that I hated writing
Musical heroes and guitars
The first thing I notice about people
My dream dinner party
Why is my website hell themed?1
Would I write a stats book for the general public?
Lecture about Teaching Statistics
- Given at the University of Oxford, click here
Studying statistics at University of Sussex (July 2010)
Unconventional statistics examples
- It isn’t anymore! ↩