People tend to think that this topic is just about learning your notes and is therefore dull. That isn’t right. Here are some links to items which will enrich and deepen your understanding of the core we study in class.
The Application Of Scientific Method
One of the controversies in this area is the File Drawer Phenomenon. Research which contains negative findings tends not to be published but is put in a filing cabinet (or its digital equivalent) and forgotten about. This website deals with the problem.
Use the links on this page to find out more.
The File Drawer Phenomenon is part of the discussion of research bias on this programme presented by Alice Roberts.
You need to listen to the first ten minutes of the programme. This discussion refers to some of the concepts we have looked at as part of the course: objectivity, peer review, researcher bias. At the end, Claudia Hammond refers to some of the steps being taken to address the issue of bias in publication.
Finally, here is a lecture by Professor David Shanks on the replication crisis in Psychology.
He did this talk at University College, London where he is based but has been round the country delivering it too. You have to be patient but there are some real gems in here.
Data analysis and reporting on investigations
Last year, the British Psychological Society produced some videos in collaboration with a dance company in order to illustrate some core ideas in statistics. You can view them here.
If you need a bit more on inferential statistics, you can follow this link to the Khan Academy.
There’s more here than what you need to cover. I find the ones on hypothesis testing, one and two tailed tests and Type 1 Errors useful. See what you think.
We concentrate in A Level on interpreting the significance of p values. If you look at last week’s Post Of The Week, you can see under point 8 some of the problems with this.