Bayesian Cognitive Modeling: A Practical Course

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Bayesian inference has become a standard method of analysis in many fields of science. Students and researchers in experimental psychology and cognitive science, however, have failed to take full advantage of the new and exciting possibilities that the Bayesian approach affords. Ideal for teaching and self study, this book demonstrates how to do Bayesian modeling. Short, to-the-point chapters offer examples, exercises, and computer code (using WinBUGS or JAGS, and supported by Matlab and R), with additional ...

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Overview

Bayesian inference has become a standard method of analysis in many fields of science. Students and researchers in experimental psychology and cognitive science, however, have failed to take full advantage of the new and exciting possibilities that the Bayesian approach affords. Ideal for teaching and self study, this book demonstrates how to do Bayesian modeling. Short, to-the-point chapters offer examples, exercises, and computer code (using WinBUGS or JAGS, and supported by Matlab and R), with additional support available online. No advance knowledge of statistics is required and, from the very start, readers are encouraged to apply and adjust Bayesian analyses by themselves. The book contains a series of chapters on parameter estimation and model selection, followed by detailed case studies from cognitive science. After working through this book, readers should be able to build their own Bayesian models, apply the models to their own data, and draw their own conclusions.

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"This book provides the best practical guide to date on how to do Bayesian modeling in cognitive science."
—Jay Myung, Professor of Psychology, Ohio State University

"This is a very powerful exposition of how Bayesian methods, and WinBUGS in particular, can be used to deal with cognitive models that are apparently intractable. When we produced WinBUGS, we had no idea it could be used like this - it's amazing and gratifying to see these applications."
—David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk, Statistical Laboratory, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107018457
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2014
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 855,361
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael D. Lee is a professor in the Department of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine.

Eric-Jan Wagenmakers is a professor in the Department of Psychological Methods at the University of Amsterdam.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Getting Started: 1. The basics of Bayesian analysis; 2. Getting started with WinBUGS; Part II. Parameter Estimation: 3. Inferences with binomials; 4. Inferences with Gaussians; 5. Some examples of data analysis; 6. Latent mixture models; Part III. Model Selection: 7. Bayesian model comparison; 8. Comparing Gaussian means; 9. Comparing binomial rates; Part IV. Case Studies: 10. Memory retention; 11. Signal detection theory; 12. Psychophysical functions; 13. Extrasensory perception; 14. Multinomial processing trees; 15. The SIMPLE model of memory; 16. The BART model of risk taking; 17. The GCM model of categorization; 18. Heuristic decision-making; 19. Number concept development.

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