PSYC 2030 Chapter Notes - Chapter 11: Chinese Classics, Summary Statistics, Abusive Power And Control

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In dersslar"s study, data for all three participants are presented without summary statistics combining the three data sets: this is because strategy was to show phenomenon occurring reliably for each person, not for average person. B. f. skinner"s work on operant conditioning can be considered one of the origins of today"s small n tradition. Misleading results from statistical summaries of grouped data- Process of summarizing data from large groups sometimes yields results tat fail to characterize the behaviour of the individuals who participated in the study. Fail to have individual-subject validity: extent to which general research outcome applies to any one individual subject in the study, hollingworth. Ct emerges more with group data and nct emerges more with individual data. Practical and philosophical problems with large n designs- Small n designs are sometimes necessary b/c potential subjects are rare or difficult to find.

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