Psychology | Advanced Statistics in Psychology
P553 | 3682 | J. Kruschke

Description: Despite the official title ("Advanced Statistics in
Psychology"), this course is an introduction to basic statistics. We will
cover fundamental concepts of sampling distributions and statistical
inference. We will not address issues in experimental design, nor the
analysis of complex designs. The subsequent course in the sequence, P554,
addresses those issues. The first goal for the course is for you to
understand the basic logic of statistical inference, and to understand how
every particular case we encounter, e.g., z-tests, t-tests, F-tests,
chi-square tests, etc., are simply specific cases of the same general
logic of model fitting. The second goal is for you to understand that
``Science is a very human form of knowledge. ... Every judgment in science
stands on the edge of error, and is personal. Science is a tribute to what
we can know although we are fallible.'' (J. Bronowski, 1973.) The methods
of statistics are the means by which we stake our claims to (scientific)
knowledge, and can be construed as the ultimate expression of human
Format: Lectures and "lab" sections.
Text: Lockhart, Intro. to Statistics and Data Analysis, 1998, W.H.Freeman.
Grades are based on weekly homework and three exams.
Instructor is available by appointment; assistants are also available.
Web pages for the course (to be updated) can be found at