Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A practical guide to Psych Stats

I've previously found the document "Reporting Statistics in Psychology" highly useful, and so I made a presentation for a stats course that I think is worth sharing! My own guide, a supplement of sorts, goes into a slightly broader variety of topics than the previous link, and mine also lists a 'bottom-line' approach that I think will be helpful to the people who just want to know what they should do!

Mine is called "A practical guide to Psych Stats," and I've made a freely available, freely downloadable PDF of that presentation here.

This is probably going to be useful to you if any of the following are true:

Early-career/inexperienced students:
  • You've been unsure which test is appropriate for a certain dataset
  • You've struggled to understand psych stats from a conceptual perspective
  • You've struggled to write up statistical results in APA style
  • You've wished there was an easier-to-use stats program
  • You've wished there was a free stats program that you can run on your own computer
 More experienced/advanced students:
  • You've thought that null hypothesis significance testing (NHST) procedures didn't make sense
  • You think that the APA's reporting standards for statistical tests aren't stringent enough
  • You're not sure how to interpret standardized measures of effect size
  • You want to know a little bit more about Bayesian statistics
  • You're not sure how to interpret your Bayesian statistics
  • You're looking for a free/better/more user-friendly/more widely-compatible stats program to run on your own computer
  • You're looking for a quick, easy, free, relatively brief resource to guide your students through the morass that is psych stats
    • Bonus: links are embedded! :D
      However, for best effect, you must download the PDF, as the online preview version may randomly insert characters that will break the links :(
 Enjoy, and I hope you find this helpful!

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