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Pre-conference workshop

03 September 2019 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
This event is free. Registration is required. See Pricing tab for more information.
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This event will feature two workshops running in parallel, open to open to COG, DEV and MSC members only.

Please register for Workshop 1 & 2 according to your membership:

Workshop 1

Practically Bayesian

Workshop 2

Introduction to Bayesian Multilevel Regression using R and brms

    Workshop 3 (14:00 - 17:00)

    Research in aspects of social development: Collaborations between the UK and Japan.

    Workshop 3 is free and open to public.

    Registration deadline for all workshops: 28 August

      Staffordshire University
      College Road
      University Quarter
      ST4 2DE
      Event Location: 

      Nick Garnett and Jim Grange, School of Psychology, Keele University.

      In this practically focussed and interactive workshop we will introduce you to Bayesian reasoning and its application to statistics in Psychology.

      No prior knowledge of Bayes is required; just bring your general curiosity about the topic. We will begin by covering the basics, including demystifying common Bayesian concepts such as priors, evaluating evidence, and what might be wrong with p-values.

      Our goal is to show you how Bayesian statistics can be simple to implement, and how it can benefit your research. To this end we will work through t-test based examples (including your own data) in freely available point-and-click software.

      We will also cover how to design a ‘Bayesian’ study, how sequential analysis may benefit your sampling strategies, how to analyse non-normally distributed data, and how to report Bayesian analyses. 

      Mark Andrews, Nottingham Trent University.

      Multilevel regression analysis is now a widely used statistical technique in psychology, being used for repeated measures analyses or for when data are hierarchically nested or cross classified into different groups.

      Popular R based packages such as lme4 have done much to facilitate the use of multilevel regression. However, these packages are limited in terms of the types of regression analyses that can be accomplished.

      Bayesian modelling is a powerful and flexible approach to statistical modelling generally, including multilevel regression modelling. The brms R package, which uses the Stan probabilistic programming language, is a remarkably powerful yet easy to learn and easy to use tool for Bayesian regression modelling, including general, generalized, and nonlinear multilevel modelling.

      This workshop provides an introduction to multilevel modelling, describes the Bayesian approach to the topic, and provides hands-on advice on how to use brms using a range of interesting real world examples.

      This workshop is aimed at anyone interested in multilevel regression modelling in general, and Bayesian multilevel regression in particular. 

      Please note: The event will be 2pm-5pm, followed by a social evening, 7pm onwards.

      This workshop is held the day before the CogDev 2019 conference in Stoke on Trent, as an official preconference event. It is therefore held under the auspices of the BPS, and is supported by ESRC and JSPS.

      The purpose of the workshop is to bring together researchers based in the UK and Japan, particularly with the aim of sharing knowledge and expertise to give greater value and potency to our collective research efforts.

      We are aiming to have up to 20 researchers from each nation (40 in total). Pre-registration is required but the event is free of charge, including the workshop and the evening social event (at which dinner will be served).

      The specific aim of the workshop will be for delegates to form groups (of researchers from the UK and Japan), each of which will plan a symposium, notionally for submission to the 2020 International Congress of Psychology, in Prague.

      The purpose of doing so is to find areas of common interest with the expectation that the activity will provide an opportunity to explore avenues for future collaboration.

      At the end of the workshop, one of the planned symposia will be recognised by the award of funds to cover the cost of the flight for one of the delegates based in the UK (within the recognised group) to visit Japan. The intention is that such a visit will enable the researcher to develop their collaboration to the next level.

      The workshop will include brief presentations from key delegates on areas of expertise, such as eye movement recording, statistical modelling, social robotics, experimental programming and conversational coding software. This will be followed by group work in planning a symposium.

      The evening social event will include a high-quality authentic Japanese dinner, live Japanese music played on a traditional instrument (Koto) and other cultural activities. This occasion will provide further opportunity for networking in a relaxed and culturally interesting setting.

      This is a free event for members of Developmental Psychology  Section (DEV),  Mathematical, Statistical and Computing Psychology Section (MSC) and Cognitive Psychology Section (CPS) only.

      Registration information

      Clicking on the register button will take you to the BPS sign in page - please sign in using your usual BPS membership number and password. 

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      If you have any queries regarding this event please contact Member Network Services, quoting 'CPS- Workshop - 3 Sept' at: 

      Alternatively telephone during office hours on +44 (0) 116 252 9515 stating the name and date of the event.        

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