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What is nominal data?

Data that is categorical e.g. gender, colour

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What is ordinal data?

Data that has a natural order e.g. position in a race

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What is continuous data?

Data that is on a scale where differences between intervals are always the same e.g. height

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What is the independent variable?

Variable manipulated by the experimenter - the one you use to test effects on the dependent variable

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What is the dependent variable?

Variable that you measure
Dependent on the independent variable

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What is the confounding variable?

Variable that has an effect on the dependent variable but that you are not interested in testing.

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What is a between subjects design?

Independent samples where each subject is presented in a different condition

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What is a within subjects design?

Related samples where each participant receives all conditions

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What is inter-observer reliability?

Do 2 people get the same result when examining the sample?

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What is intra-observer reliability?

Does one person get the same result when examining the sample at different times?

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From basic tests how do you work out if the data is normally distributed?

Do a mean, median and mode test.
If all values are relatively similar data is normally distributed.

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What tests determine whether data is normally distributed?

Kolmogorov-Smirmoff Test
Shapiro-Wilk Test

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What tests do you use to test the means of two sets of data for differences?

Two independent sample t-test
Two paired smaple t-test

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What test do you use to test the variance of two sets of data?

One sample t-test

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What test do you use to test the means of more than two sets of data for differences?

One way ANOVA
Two way ANOVA

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What do the terms one sided/two sided (tailed) mean when describing hypotheses?

One tailed - can be answered with yes or no e.g. "a happy dog will eat more" - tells you what type of effect there will be
Two tailed - can be answered with different outcomes e.g. "mood affects the appetite of dogs" - tells you there will be an effect

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What is a type 1 error?

Rejecting the null hypothesis when it is true
aka diagnosing a male as pregnant

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What is a type 2 error?

Failing to reject the null hypothesis when it is false
aka telling a pregnant lady she is not pregnant

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If your data was non-parametric what test would you do instead of an independent samples t-test?

Mann-Whitney U test

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If your data was non-parametric what test would you do instead of a paired samples t-test?

Wilcoxon Signed-rank test

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What does it mean if a study is under-powered?

Too little data collected so nothing looks statistically significant

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What does it mean if a study is over-powered?

Too much data collected so everything looks statistically significant

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What two forms do you need to give the participants of your study?

Ethics consent form
Participant information sheet

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How do u calculate the mean?

Add all numbers divide by sample size

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How do u calculate mode?

Most common number

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How do u calculate median?

Middle number

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How do u calculate standard deviation?

Work out the Mean (the simple average of the numbers)
Then for each number: subtract the Mean and square the result.
Then work out the mean of those squared differences.
Take the square root of that and we are done!

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What does standard deviation show?

How spread out the data is from the mean
High SD = very spread out
Low SD = little spread