ERIC Number: ED221161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-12
Reference Count: 0
Computer Simulation in Undergraduate Instruction: A Symposium.
Street, Warren R.; And Others
These symposium papers discuss the instructional use of computers in psychology, with emphasis on computer-produced simulations. The first, by Rich Edwards, briefly outlines LABSIM, a general purpose system of FORTRAN programs which simulate data collection in more than a dozen experimental models in psychology and are designed to train students in content areas of psychology, research, decision making, analysis of data, and communication of findings. Douglas B. Eamon then describes the Moon Illusion, a LABSIM model designed to investigate why the moon appears larger on the horizon than at its zenith even though it remains at a relatively constant distance from the earth. Warren P. Street presents general methods and specific examples of how to produce computer simulations of empirical events that demonstrate principles covered in introductory statistics courses using MINITAB, a general-purpose, statistical FORTRAN program. General procedures are outlined with directions for advance preparation, execution of the demonstration, and saving of worksheets generated during simulation. MINITAB commands for simulation are listed, and specific directions for producing several different demonstration simulations are given. (LMM)
Publication Type: Non-Print Media; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Central Washington Univ., Ellensburg.
Identifiers: FORTRAN Programing Language
Note: Symposium presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 9-12, 1981).