Richard Murray
  Centre for Vision Research
  York University

PSYC 6229.  Statistical modelling of perception and cognition

Department of Psychology
York University

Winter term 2015
Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00-2:30, ACW 204

Syllabus

General description:  This graduate course covers fundamental statistical concepts and their application to statistical modelling in psychology. Topics in statistical foundations include probability, random variables, common statistical distributions, and Bayes' theorem. To illustrate these concepts we cover classic statistical models of behaviour and physiology, such as signal detection theory, optimal cue combination, diffusion models of reaction times, probability summation, and ideal observers. We also discuss model fitting and testing, e.g., parameter estimation, bootstrapping, goodness of fit, and model selection. The course uses a statistical programming language such as MATLAB or R for illustrations and problems.