MATHEMATICAL TOOLS FOR PHYCHOLOGISTS

First cycle degree in PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: First Semester

Lecturer: GIOVANNI ZANZOTTO

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6


Syllabus
Prerequisites: The mathematical knowledge necessary for the admission to the undergraduate course in Psychological Science is assumed.
Examination methods: Written final exam with open questions or quizzes. Oral presentations of selected topics during class.
Course unit contents: Uncertainty in statistical information. Problems related to the evaluation of risk and communication of risk. Real-world xamples. Bayesian inferences through the use of probabilities and by means of 'natural frequencies'. Suitability of the latter for a more intuitive and direct insight in both risk estimation and in a transparent representation of risk. Examples focussing on the correct judgement of the probabilistic predictive value of medical diagnostic tests, and aiming at avoiding misleading risk information.