2015 Posts

  • September 10th, 2015. Our paper on an alternative to ANOVA has been published in Sage Open. Here the citation and link: Grice, J. W., Craig, D. P. A., & Abramson, C. I. (2015). A simple and transparent alternative to repeated measures ANOVA. Sage Open, July-September, 1-13. doi: 10.1177/2158244015604192
  • August 30th, 2015. David Craig and co-authors have published another study on learning in which they used OOM. Here’s the citation: Craig, D. P. A., Varnon, C. A., Pollock, K. L., & Abramson, C. I. (2015). An assessment of horse (Equus ferus caballus) responding on fixed interval schedules of reinforcement: An individual analysis. Behavioural Processes, 120, 1-13. Here’s a link to the article’s abstract.
  • August 10th, 2015. We have published an OOM article in Basic and Applied Social Psychology in a special issue devoted to critiques of modern statistical mediation analysis. All of the papers in this special issue are worth reading and seriously considering. Here’s the link to the abstract of our paper. BASP is not open access; consequently, if you have trouble locating the article, please contact me at james.grice@okstate.edu.
  • July 24th, 2015. I have published an OOM article in Frontiers demonstrating how to diagram and analyze an integrated model. Personally, I have found this diagramming task to be both challenging and rewarding because it forces me to sit down and really think about the structures and processes underlying the data. Check out this article and see what you think: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01007/abstract
  • May 6th, 2015. Congratulations to Charles Abramson and his co-authors on their recent publication: Abramson, C. I., Craig, D. P. A., Varnon, C. A., & Wells, H. (2015). The effect of ethanol on reversal learning in honey bees (Apis mellifera anatolica): Response inhibition in a social insect model. Alcohol, 49, 245-258. They employed OOM in their analyses. Personally, this is one of my favorite quotes from the article: “These analyses are concerned with model fit and are not concerned with rejecting or failing to reject a hypothesis. If no null hypothesis is made, it is impossible to be correct, or incorrect, about rejecting something that does not exist” p. 248-249. If only a majority of psychologists could demonstrate such fortitude and understanding, we might actually make some progress as a science. 
  • April 16th, 2015. I presented a talk on OOM to the faculty and students at The University of Tennessee Chattanooga. It was a pleasure meeting the faculty and students who mainly hailed from the department of psychology, and I owe a special thanks to Chris Cunningham for orchestrating the visit.
  • April 14th, 2015. I presented a talk to researchers at the Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, in which I highlighted the many problems with the p-value in psychology. I also demonstrated OOM briefly. It was a pleasure and an honor to meet everyone at this historic and noble facility. I’ve posted the annotated Powerpoint slides for this talk to the left under Presentations (NHST Critique and OOM).
  • April 8th, 2015. The editors of Basic and Applied Social Psychology have banned NHST! OOM does not employ NHST procedures as emphasis is placed squarely on pattern recognition and accuracy (the PCC index). When a probability statistic is requested, it is most often a simple, distribution-free randomization test; otherwise, a simple binomial can be used on occasion.
  • March 19th-20th, 2015. I presented a talk and OOM workshop to the faculty and students at The University of Central Arkansas. It was a pleasure meeting the faculty and students in the department of psychology and counseling, and I owe special thanks to Elson Bihm for orchestrating the visit.

2014 Posts

  • On October 10th, 2014, I presented a talk to the faculty and students at Georgetown University entitled Observation Oriented Modeling: A Common Sense Alternative to Modern Data Analysis. I also delivered a workshop demonstrating the OOM software later that afternoon. It was a pleasure meeting the faculty and students in the department of psychology, as well as George Henriques and Mark Fox who drove in to hear the talk. 
  • On September 19th, 2014, I presented a talk entitled Preparing Students for Research in the 21st Century with Observation Oriented Modeling. It was presented at the 8th annual conference of the Oklahoma Network for the Teaching of Psychology, Stillwater, OK.
  • July 28th, 2014. Congratulations to Craig et al. on the publication of their latest honeybee learning paper published in PlosOne. Graphs and simple statistical analyses in OOM are all you need!
  • July 27th, 2014. We have submitted two papers for review comparing OOM to repeated measures ANOVA and to logistic regression. If you are interested in examining these papers please send me an e-mail: james.grice[att]okstate.edu.
  • July 27th, 2014. While working on a paper comparing OOM to repeated measures ANOVA, my co-author (David Craig) fortunately found the work of Warren Thorngate, Ph.D. Dr. Thorngate created a method of data analysis he named Ordinal Pattern Analysis. You can read about it in JASSSAdvances in Psychology or in Valsiner’s book The Individual Subject and Scientific Psychology. The Ordinal Pattern Analysis in OOM accomplishes most of the goals in Dr. Thorngate’s technique, but using a visual tool for defining the expected ordinal patterns. Credit is certainly due to Dr. Thorngate regardless, as he first published the basic idea behind the analysis.
  • June 9th, 2014. Lisa Cota presented OOM at the 4th annual meeting of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) in Albuquerque, NM. Her Powerpoint slides are linked to the left. OOM appeared to be well received, particularly given the nonparametric nature of assessment data and the desire to focus on individual student outcomes. Interestingly, David Eubanks, an expert in assessment analysis, advocated for the same sorts of pattern-based, visual and nonparametric analyses found in OOM in his talk From Data to Understanding. Personally, I’m excited to see what new features I can add to the software to make it even more useful for assessment work.
  • March 25th, 2014. The Innovative Teaching paper, with data sets and videos, is now published in the newest journal offered by Ammons Scientific. The links to the paper, data sets, and videos are to the left!
  • March 16th, 2014. Lisa Cota, a graduate student at OSU, and myself presented OOM to faculty at OSU as part of assessment training. The video was shot and produced by the outstanding folks of ITLE at OSU. You can watch the video here. Sorry about the coughing! I think it was mild allergies or a cold.
  • March 10th, 2014. I’ve added a link to a recent paper by Dinges et al., 2013, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Congratulations to Chris, a graduate student at OSU, and his co-authors! 
  • March 3rd, 2014. The OOM software is now being offered for free! You can download the latest version of the software using the link to the right. The software is still under copyright protection and should not therefore be altered or used for profit without written permission from Elsevier. 

2013 Posts

  • November 21st, 2013. Version 2 is ready! The latest version has several new analysis features, and the output across analyses is streamlined and more consistent. The technical manual has also been completely updated.
  • August 4th: A graduate student at OSU has been running OOM on his Mac using Winebottler (http://winebottler.kronenberg.org/). This might work as an alternative to booting a Mac in PC mode or using other software like VMWare Fusion.  CodeWeaver’s Crossover is a commercial product that will also permit you to run OOM on a Mac. 
  • July 26th: Added video showing new import feature. Data from SPSS, SAS, Excel, and other programs can quickly be imported through .csv files. Value labels can also be imported from SAS and SPSS.
  • July 11th: Katy Valentine’s and Erin Buchanan’s paper in which they used OOM has been published in the Journal of Cognitive Psychology. Valentine, K.D., & Buchanan, E.M. (2013). JAM-boree: An Application of Observation Oriented Modeling to Judgments of Associative Memory. Journal Of Cognitive Psychology, 25(4), p. 400-422. Congratulations! 
  • April 9th, 2013: Brian Haig’s invited presentation for the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (Fort Worth, TX, April 5-7) was a smashing success. The title of his talk was, How Research Methods Textbooks Mislead Psychologists about the Scientific Method. You can view his Powerpoint slides here.
  • March 17th, 2013. Updated several links. Added link for Reviews of the OOM book.
  • Feb 3rd, 2013. Beta testing Version 2 of the OOM software is ready for release. If you own a copy of Version 1, please e-mail me if you are interested in Beta testing Version 2 (james.grice]aatt[okstate.edu).
  • New paper published by Erika Brown demonstrating mediation analysis in OOM.