Episode 26: Why do Statistics Make Us So Queasy?

MichaelCritical Thinking, Research and Stats6 Comments

Why are we often anxious about or even suspicious of statistics? Let’s take a look at this topic. Along with some interesting examples I’ve got some statistics-oriented jokes I hope you’ll find funny (okay, maybe you’ll just find them…interesting. Humor me). Conquer your fears this week on The Psych Files.


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6 Comments on “Episode 26: Why do Statistics Make Us So Queasy?”

  1. Pingback: Episode 42: Taking A Psychology Class? » The Psych Files

  2. Dr. Britt:
    Thank you for your podcasts. Psychfiles and Fitness Rocks podcasts get me through my exercise. I just added your Web site to the Psychology Subject Guide on tulslibrary.org.

    I do want to mention that there is a big difference between goals and ojectives. Goals=what you want to achieve, objectives are the steps you can take to get there.

    Congratulations on your weight loss. I thought I was one of the fortunate ones because I’ve always had to watch my weight. HA! It does get harder.

    Ruth Wiens

  3. Ruth,

    Thanks so much. I just checked out the website (http://www.tulsalibrary.org/). Very nice design and thanks for adding me to the list!

    You are correct that objectives typically do indeed address the smaller steps that one takes in pursuit of larger goals. Good distinction, because the only way to reach broad goals is to break them down into smaller objectives.

    Finally – yes, indeed – weight loss for many people (except my mother-in-law it seems) does get harder with age. I still struggle with it, which is why I did episode 83 (http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2009/01/13/episode-83-new-years-resolutions-to-lose-weight-why-so-hard-to-keep/).

    Thanks again

    Michael

  4. Hi Michael,
    I’m listening to you from Australia. I have just started studying psychology this semester and have listened to a few of your podcasts. They have helped me immensely with my studies and understanding of concepts. Maybe you could come and teach in Sydney?Thank you for all the work that you have put into this site. Beatriz.

  5. Beatriz: thanks for your note. Brought a smile to my face. I’d love to come to Sydney! I’ve been dying to see the Opera house (that is in Sydney isn’t it?). Someday…

    Hope the episodes continue to be helpful.

  6. Hi Michael. Yes! The Opera House is in Sydney. It’s beautiful and so is the surrounding area.

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