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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Mathematics

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October 26, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Faculty/Administration #1140 | Map
656 W. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free

Speaker: Lee Wurm, Professor, Psychology, Wayne State University

Title: How Do We Know The Things We Know? The Roles of Mathematics in Psychology

Abstract: In this presentation I discuss some of the roles of mathematics in psychology, in the context of what it means to "know" something. I outline the history of attempts to quantify the relationship between physical characteristics of the world and our perceptions of that world. I then describe nascent attempts to move away from null hypothesis significance testing and toward a Bayesian approach, which represents a shift in how researchers think about what can be known from their data. I discuss the overreliance on loose verbal models which describe rather than explain, and conclude by suggesting that mathematically-oriented people could contribute to real growth in the discipline.

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