Abstract Jan de Ruiter 22nd May 2014

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In his talk Jan de Ruiter will argue that human interaction cannot be studied properly using the standard methods that have been successful in other areas of the cognitive sciences. Of the many problems with these methods, Jan will focus on two important ones: (a) the trade-off between experimental control and ecological validity, and (b) profound issues regarding quantification. Concerning the latter point, Jan will also discuss a problem that is not limited to interaction research, namely the severe dangers inherent in relying on the ritualistic use of p-values from frequentist statistics.


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