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Central Tendency Measures

  1. Dustin Fife,
  2. Jorge Mendoza

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0163

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Fife, D. and Mendoza, J. 2010. Central Tendency Measures. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

Author Information

  1. University of Oklahoma

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


This article defines three different measures of central tendency: the mean, the median, and the mode. Each measure serves the same purpose, which is to describe the central tendency of data. We begin by defining what central tendency is, and then we explain how each measure of central tendency contributes to our understanding of a particular dataset.


  • central tendency;
  • frequency distribution;
  • mean;
  • median;
  • mode