A Historical View of Statistical Concepts in Psychology and Educational Research

  title={A Historical View of Statistical Concepts in Psychology and Educational Research},
  author={S. Stigler},
  journal={American Journal of Education},
  pages={60 - 70}
  • S. Stigler
  • Published 1992
  • Psychology
  • American Journal of Education
This essay examines the historical roots of the link between statistics and psychology, exploring the manner in which the conceptual framework for the application of probability in psychological research was created by experimental design. 
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