British Psychological Society launches dancing statistics project

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  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 22 August 2013
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The British Psychological Society, whose journals are published by Wiley, has launched a project that ‘aims to communicate a number of statistical psychological concepts through expressive dance’ (BPS press release, 15th August 2013). Filming is due to start at the Siobhan Davies Dance Studio in London this month.

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The project, ‘Communicating Psychology to the public with expressive dance’ is being funded by a Society Public Engagement Grant. Lucy Irving, a PhD student from Middlesex University and Professor Andy Field from University of Sussex are leading the project.

Ms Irving remarked, “We hope that by representing complicated psychological constructs and statistical procedures in interesting and memorable ways via dance will enable more psychology students to understand and engage with them.”

Over the course of the project Ms Irving and Professor Field are working with a professional choreographer who conceived ways of communicating these concepts through dance and movement. Lucy added: “The project is at an exciting stage as we see how the choreographer has interpreted these concepts and worked with the dancers to illustrate and bring them to life. Our hope is that as well as being fun and unusual the dancing will demystify and create more interest in statistical literacy.”

The concepts are: correlation, variance, frequency distributions, sampling and standard error.

The finished videos are expected to be released in September. To keep up to date with the project and release date you can join the conversation on Twitter at #dancingstatistics, as well as following the account @dancingstats.

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