Statistics in Psychology Term Paper by jlatigue

Statistics in Psychology
A look at the use of statistical methods in psychology.
# 119927 | 732 words | 3 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on May 30, 2010 in Psychology (General) , Mathematics (General)

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This paper examines how, by having the numbers to back up their research using statistics, psychologists have more unbiased proof of the validity of their experiments and hypotheses. It also discusses how, given that there is plenty of room for error in psychological research, utilizing statistics to show concrete numbers as evidence further solidifies the material presented.

Statistics in Psychology
Research and the Scientific Method
Primary and Secondary Data

From the Paper:

"Primary and secondary data are defined almost exactly as they are written. Primary data is data that is gathered by the researcher himself first hand, while secondary data is data that is gathered by the researcher from a secondary source. According to the International Encyclopedia of Hospitality Management (2005), "Secondary data consist of information that is obtained from existing records of past data collection or from an outside source. This is in contrast to primary data, which are collected for the specific project at hand". The biggest contrast between primary and secondary data is then of course where the data is coming from and who is gathering the data. There are so many places to gather secondary information from such as various publications and internet sites that sometimes information can get lost in translation. On the other hand, when a researcher gathers his own data for his experiments or observations he can sometimes be questioned as well as being biased since he gathered all of his own information sometimes without a research assistant. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Asher, J. (1997). The role of measurement, some statistics, and some factor analysis in family psychology research. Journal of Family Psychology, 11(3), 351-360. doi:10.1037/0893-3200.11.3.351.
  • Scientific Method. (2001). In Pharmaceutical Medicine Dictionary. Retrieved from
  • Secondary data. (2005). In International Encyclopedia of Hospitality Management. Retrieved from

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