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# Psyc_315_Winter_2010_-_Class_1 - Statistical Analysis I...

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1 Statistical Analysis I PSYC 315 Section 04 Winter 2010 2 PSYC 315 Section 04 – Winter 2010 Statistical Analysis I • Instructor: Afroditi Panagopoulos • Lectures: Monday / Wednesday 8:45 – 10:00 • Office: SP 357.06 • E-mail: apanagop@live.concordia.ca • Office Hours: By e-mail appointment only 3 Why Statistics? • Psychology professors are researchers first and foremost. • Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behavior. • Learn about psychological processes through Research and Statistics. • Likelihood that a theory we assessed empirically (i.e., through experiments) is true… • For a particular time and place • For a particular group of people • And it being true again in the future

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2 4 Does Nicotine Replacement Therapy Increase Likelihood of Smoking Cessation Success • Example: Compare group of smoker’s who received the nicotine patch versus those who received no nicotine replacement therapy. • Match groups for amount of cigarettes smoked, gender and age 5 “I am not Interested in Research…” • “I just want to be a clinical psychologist” – Need to assess therapies and/or keep up on current research for therapies most effective for particular clients. • Bottom line: – To get a degree in Psychology (and find a job), you need statistics! 6
3 7 Math Anxiety • For this course, you need very basic math skills: – Add, subtract, multiply, and divide. – Square numbers and find square roots - using a calculator! – Re-arrange simple equations (a=bx+c, given a,b,x, find c) • Lectures and exams focus on underlying concepts and not on calculations alone. • Statistics is not easy for some, but. .. – Some have a poor math background and dread statistics; But after grasping a few central concepts everything falls into place. – If you work hard you’ll be able to succeed in this course. 8 Required Text Only most important and difficult material will be covered. Read the chapter before coming to class! Not all aspects of the textbook covered. Cover topics of special interest not in the textbook. Examined on contents of lectures AND textbook. 9 PSYC 315 Section 04 – Winter 2010 Statistical Analysis I • Lecture notes (3 slides per page & room for note taking) available before each class on course website. • www.concordia.ca

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## This note was uploaded on 04/29/2010 for the course PSYCH 315 taught by Professor Afroditipanagopoulos during the Winter '10 term at Concordia Canada.

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