Geoffrey R Loftus
Hypothesis testing: probabilistic and statistical basis. Development and application of statistical inference techniques employed in psychological research: confidence intervals, t-test, ANOVA, and correlation and regression. Nature and control of experimental and inferential error in research. Required for majors for psychology BS degree. Prerequisite: minimum 2.0 grade in PSYCH 317. Offered: WSp.
Major emphases on confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Includes t-test, one-way and multiple-way analysis of variance, introduction to regression and correlation, planned comparisons, chi-square, within- versus between-subjects design, general linear model. IMPORTANT NOTE: A knowledge of Excel, while not technically required will cut the amount of time you spend doing class work by about a factor of 5 and will considerably increase the ease with which you learn the materials. Knowledge of Excel will almost certainly result in a higher grade.
Student learning goals
Have both a technical and an intuitive understanding of data analysis in science in general and in Psychology in particular
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