Psychology courses have significant mathematical and statistical content. Students studying Psychology must develop knowledge and understanding related to the collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data including the use of inferential statistics. Descriptive statistics (including measures of central tendency, dispersion and graphical presentation of results) are required.For Psychology students not studying mathematics at A-Level, the new Core Maths course provides an essential background of mathematical experience and confidence.
Core Maths is a Level 3 mathematics course for students in post-16 education who have GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or above but are not taking A-level Mathematics. Core Maths qualifications are offered by various awarding bodies, with a variety of content and assessment styles to suit all needs. All of the courses are designed to help students retain, deepen and extend their mathematical understanding, using mathematics to solve meaningful and relevant problems, and better preparing them for further study,
Core Maths is
You can find further information about Core Maths on our website, http://www.core-maths.org. You may also wish to discuss the possibility of following a Core Maths course with mathematics staff at your school or college.
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In this activity students design an experiment and collect data themselves to assess the impact listening to music can have on short term memory. Students analyse the data using a Mann-Whitney U Test on Excel. Ideally it is carried out across psychology and core maths lessons for efficient use of time and to create a real need for students to convey information.
Students will have already encountered the principles of research design, including ethical considerations, sampling, concepts of independent and dependent variables.
Students will need to be familiar with the concept of normal distribution, and
The activity is carried out in three stages (suggested lesson in bracket): experiment design (in psychology lesson), data collection, statistical analysis and draft report (core maths lesson), reporting back and review (psychology lesson).
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