This course serves as an introduction to the experimental method and its use in the study of behavior, coupled with an in-depth treatment of statistics as applied to psychological research. Statistical topics include principles of probability, central tendency, variability, hypothesis testing, and statistical inference. Lab exercises focus on designing experiments, collecting data, applying statistical methods (using SPSS), and presenting data through written assignments.
By the end of the semester students should be able to design both experimental and questionnaire studies, think critically about psychological methodologies, understand and use (with SPSS) the basic statistical tests frequently employed by psychologists, and write a research report in APA style.
Lecture: Chase 104 (Auditorium), MWF 10:30-11:30am
Lab: KINSC H204 (Hilles Computer Lab), T or Th 1-2:30pm (please only attend the lab your are assigned to)
Office Hours: Mondays 4:15-5:15pm; Fridays 11:30am-noon; and by appointment
Readings & Web Resources: In the schedule below "P&B #" refers to Pelham & Blanton's Measuring the Weight of Smoke; the web resources come from Vassar College ["Vasser Ch # (Part #")] and Rice University ["Rice #"]. Here is another online statistics resource students might find useful. A statistics textbook is also on reserve in the Science Library.