Monday, February 27, 2017

Stat-ception II: How to fix statistics in psychology


I'm a star!

OK, my public speaking skills may not exactly have made me a star (yet!), but I AM on YouTube! I've included a link to my recent (Feb 2017) Cognition Forum presentations, as well as my current thinking about easily--and immediately implementable--solutions to ameliorate those weaknesses.

The first video goes into depth about the issues; the second describes my proposed solutions to those problems.

For your viewing pleasure, I've also embedded the videos here:

Any feedback or advice is welcome!

I've also made the slideshows available on Google Drive. Here's the link to the first slideshow, so you can follow along: And here's the link to the slideshow for the second video as well:

A draft of my manuscript on the topic (intended for eventual publication) is freely available for download at Since I'm an advocate of the open science movement, it's only right that I make my own work publicly available--hence why I uploaded these videos (and my manuscript) to public repositories.

You may not trust my own take on these issues, in which case I commend you for your skepticism! In the videos, I made numerous references to Ziliak & McCloskey (2009), Gigerenzer (2004), and Open Science Collaboration (2015)--all are worth reading, for anyone who cares about scientific integrity and the research process. All three works were highly influential in my thinking on this topic, though I cited a variety of other papers as well in my aforementioned manuscript.

You may disagree with my recommendations in the second video, and if so, that's okay! How to address the limitations of NHST and fix science is absolutely a discussion worth having; I advance my own ideas in the spirit of jump-starting such a discussion.

So, please put your thoughts in the comments, and share my work with colleagues who may be interested in the topic!

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