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About this Course
About the Course
This course, by Professor Dominic Dwyer (Cardiff University), explores descriptive statistics. In the first module, we think about why descriptive statistics are important. In the second module, we think about the mode and its representation of the most common score. In the third module, we think about the median and how it is only minimally sensitive to outlying scores. In the fourth module, we think about the mean and standard deviation, exploring how to calculate each one. In the fifth and final module, we think about how these different measures of central tendency and dispersion can be appropriate for different datasets.
About the Lecturer
Professor Dominic Dwyer is the chair for the BSc and MSc exam boards in the School of Psychology at Cardiff University. Professor Dwyer teaches introductory statistics for undergraduate years one and two. Professor Dwyer’s research is primarily focused on how animals and people learn, as well as how that learning is expressed as behaviour. Some key focus areas of this research are computational modelling, neurodegenerative disorders, and the assessment of individual differences. Some of Professor Dwyer’s recent publications include EXPRESS: Instrumental responses and Pavlovian stimuli as temporal referents in a peak procedure (2022) and Face masks have emotion-dependent dissociable effects on accuracy and confidence in identifying facial expressions of emotion (2022).