How to become a Bayesian in eight easy steps: An annotated reading list


In this guide, we present a reading list to serve as a concise introduction to Bayesian data analysis. The introduction is geared toward reviewers, editors, and interested researchers who are new to Bayesian statistics. We provide commentary for eight recommended sources, which together cover the theoretical and practical cornerstones of Bayesian statistics in psychology and related sciences. The resources are presented in an incremental order, starting with theoretical foundations and moving on to applied issues. In addition, we outline an additional 32 articles and books that can be consulted to gain background knowledge about various theoretical specifics and Bayesian approaches to frequently used models. Our goal is to offer researchers a starting point for understanding the core tenets of Bayesian analysis, while requiring a low level of time commitment. After consulting our guide, the reader should understand how and why Bayesian methods work, and feel able to evaluate their use in the behavioral and social sciences.


Etz, A., Gronau, Q., Dablander, F., Edelsbrunner, P., & Baribault, B. (2018). How to become a Bayesian in eight easy steps: An annotated reading list. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 25, 219–234.


    title   = {{H}ow to become a {B}ayesian in eight easy steps: {A}n annotated reading list},
    author  = {Etz, Alexander and Gronau, Quentin and Dablander, Fabian and Edelsbrunner, Peter and Baribault, Beth},
    year    = {2018},
    journal = {Psychonomic Bulletin \& Review},
    volume  = {25},
    pages   = {219--234}