These are slides from my 2nd-ever teaching, which took place in a course on research methods for social scientists; topic was statistical testing. Some thoughts:
I tried to emphasise that this stuff is difficult, that people shouldn’t be afraid to say they don’t know, and that academics should try doing that more, too.
I tried to instill a deep memory that many uncertainties are involved in this endeavour, and that mistakes are ok as long as you report the choices you made transparently.
Added a small group discussion exercise at about 2/3 of the lecture: What was the most difficult part to understand so far? I think this worked quite well, although “Is this what an existential crisis feels like?” was not an uncommon response.
I really think statistics is mostly impossible to teach, and people learn when they get interested and start finding things out on their own. Not sure how successful this attempt was in doing that. Anyway, slides are available here.
TLDR: If you’re a seasoned researcher, see this. If you’re an aspiring one, start here or here, and read this.
The gist: to avoid getting fooled by them, we need to name our simplifying assumptions when modeling social scientific data. I’m experimenting with this visual approach to delivering information to those who think modeling is boring; feedback and improvement suggestions very welcome! [Similar presentation with between-individual longitudinal physical activity networks, presented at the Finnish Health Psychology conference: here]
I’m not as smooth as those talking heads on the interweb, so you may want just the slides. Download by clicking on the image below or watch at SlideShare.
Note: Jan Vanhove thinks we shouldn’t become paranoid with model assumptions; check his related blog post here!
After half a century of talk, the researcher community is putting forth genuine efforts to improve social scientific practices in 2018. This is a presentation for the University of Helsinki faculty of Social Sciences, on the recent developments in statistical practices and publishing reforms. Update: Slightly modified version of presentation, held in Aberdeen here!
Nota bene: If the embedded slide deck below doesn’t work, download a pdf here.
This is a talk I gave to a group of master’s students in social psychology. It introduces the crisis of confidence in science, how non-communicable diseases can be thought of as symptom networks, and some basics of behaviour change research.