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James W. Pennebaker, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Spring 2009

PSY 325K • Advanced Statistics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43103 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
SEA 2.116
CARROLL

Course Description

This is intended as a second course in applied statistics for psychology, with the assumption that the first course has been Psy418. The class includes a review of introductory psychological statistics, with focus on application to research situations and understanding the underlying principles and logic of the studies. We will go beyond introductory statistics by going into further depth with varieties of analysis of variance and post-hoc tests, by extension of correlational approaches into multiple regression and, if time permits, logistic regression.

The class will go further into some topics than is typical for introductory statistics: power, post hoc testing, planned comparisons, preliminary and descriptive analysis and data trimming. If time permits, we will also look at some of the varieties of nonparametric tests used by researchers. We will work in both EXCEL and SPSS for computational problems.

Grading Policy

There will be three or four tests during the semester, cumulatively accounting for the majority of the grade. Approximately 25-30% of the grade will be based on a combination of homework and involvement/attendance. Regular attendance will be required.

Basic calculation and use of statistical packages will be assessed through homework and in-class activities. The tests will emphasize interpretation and explanation rather than arithmetic proficiency or ability to plug numbers into obscure formulas.

Texts

Foundations of Behavioral Statistics, Thompson

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