From: William Treurniet <wtreurniet.nul> Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 14:45:13 -0500 Archived: Sat, 14 Jan 2012 05:01:29 -0500 Subject: Re: Participation In Psychology Dissertation Study >From: Joe McGonagle<joe.mcgonagle.nul> >To: post.nul >Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 02:21:43 +0000 >Subject: Re: Participation In Psychology Dissertation Study >>From: Don Ledger<dledger.nul> >>To: post.nul >>Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2012 14:34:03 -0400 >>Subject: Re: Participation In Psychology Dissertation Study >>>From: Joe McGonagle<joe.mcgonagle.nul> >>>To: post.nul >>>Date: Sun, 08 Jan 2012 23:07:26 +0000 >>>Subject: Re: Participation In Psychology Dissertation Study ><snip> >I can think of all sorts of potentially useful output from such >a study. How widespread is the interest? Is it gender and/or age >sensitive? How much is the interest driven by >media/religion/superstition/technological advances et c.? Why >are a large proportion of society totally disinterested in it? >If the study is repeated periodically, it may help to identify >things like why interest levels fluctuate - is that due to >bad/good press, differences in education standards, new >discoveries, space technology activity, rise or decline of >religious participation, un/availability of official records, >political dis/trust, military tension, economic climate and so >on. >What I struggle to see is what damage this can do to Ufology, >which is why I don't understand the apparent revulsion and/or >suspicion expressed by the three of you. No one has mentioned an apparent methodological issue that should hamper interpretation of the results. That is, the respondents to the questionnaire are self-selected. The research will only be able to evaluate intercorrelations among the questionnaire items (e.g., via factor analysis), and these may be biased by unknown characteristics of the sample set. Stratified random sampling of the population would average over those unknown characteristics given a large enough sample size. Without that, it will be impossible to tell how the responses to the questionnaire measure up to those of the general population or any particular subset. The suggestion that the study may be repeated to evaluate changes in responses over time, etc. is particularly problematic, since there would be no guarantee that the population sampled is the same from one study to the next. There may be some cause for the expressed concerns, since methodologically bad research is often used to justify unwarranted conclusions, especially by the press. William Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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