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Unformatted text preview: Psychology 100A: Psychological Statistics Winter 2009 Meetings: Class: TR 11:00 – 12:15, Chemistry (Young) 76 Discussion: (optional) F 12:00-12:50, Franz 1178 Instructor: Sean McAuliffe Office hours: Tue 4-5 & Thu 10:00-11:00 1346 Franz Hall (middle psychology building behind the vending machines) EMAIL: [email protected] Teaching Assistant : Simon Xinming, Email: [email protected].com , Office hours: Mon 1-2 & Wed 1-2 Textbook: No textbook is required for this course. All of the material for the exams will be covered in class, but some students find a textbook helpful for reinforcing the concepts in the class. One problem is that the textbook will cover additional topics not presented in class, and in some cases will use different terminology which some students find confusing. The recommended OPTIONAL text is “Statistical Concepts for the Behavioral Sciences (3rd Edition)” by Harold KIESS (available in the UCLA bookstore). To facilitate learning, comprehensive review materials will be posted on the course web page for every lecture. In addition, the optional Friday discussion will be used for further review every week. There will be no new material introduced in the Friday reviews, so you are not required to attend, but many students find them helpful. Website: www.thebeststatistics.info is a comprehensive website that provides overviews, reviews and step-by-step problem solvers for many of the types of problems we will go over in class and that may appear on the exams. Importantly, the website also provides visualizations to increase learning because understanding statistics is often facilitated with the right visual aide. The site costs $30 for 3 months. Subscribing to the site is NOT required for the course, but students in the past have found it very useful. In fact, the website will frequently be used in class to show how to solve problems as well as visually demonstrate important concepts. Overview: In this course, we will cover the basic data-analysis concepts and procedures used by research psychologists. The course will briefly review ways of describing data (descriptive statistics) and methods of evaluating hypotheses and testing psychological theories (inferential statistics). Examples will be drawn almost exclusively from the psychological literature....
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