In response to your peers, comment on facts about the normal distribution your peers have posted, supporting your response by explaining why it captures your interest or describing how the principle can be applied in psychology and/or everyday life.
The normal distribution is an interesting statistical unit because it almost always applies to all studies done in psychology. It is a bell curve and from it we can infer the direction of the results. This is so interesting to me because it doesn’t matter what the study is about, it can be a study about the impact of a dog in a childhood home, or the impact of addiction and job performance. The studies are unrelated in many ways, yet the results will have the same normal distribution. 95% of both data sets will have results within 2 standard deviations of the mean, which will create this curve. An example of this in my life would be my work every day. I work in Logistics, specifically eCommerce and we are currently doing a study on glove performance and different types of gloves and lifespan and quality. We finished up our study today and surveyed the associates who participated. I then took that data and created a bar chart, but after reading this chapter I was interested and created a histogram with the quality lifespan results, and sure enough I got a very narrow bell shaped curve. All of my data points besides 1 were within 2 standard deviations of my mean. It was really neat to apply this concept to my actual work and added a statistic to help us make a more informed decision.
There are a couple of things that I found interesting about normal distribution. The first thing I found pretty cool was that it is characterized by the bell shaped curve which is defined by the probability density. Another this was that the means for a data set is the same as the peak of the distribution bell. Also an important thing is that normal distribution is not just used for statistic but it is also used in psychology. It helps to get a better understanding of a graph in a histogram or even a common shape. Since I have been pregnant twice I didn’t realize that this could also be used to show the possibility of someone going into labor 15 days before and within 15 days after. Although this was a lot of information that was very new to me I found that a lot of it interesting and a lot hard to understand.
RESPOND TO EMILEE AND PAMELA POST BE CONSTRUCTIVE AND PROFESSIONAL WITH YOUR RESPONSE.
Dishonesty has no place in any type of setting, especially a professional setting. When a person is caught being dishonest about one thing, the dishonesty is transferred to all matters that person is involved in. The credibility that a person had is lost and people will no longer be able to trust what that person is saying. For me, this is especially true when some is dishonest about something seemingly small. If a person can not be trusted with something small, then my trust for them with something big is gone. Dishonesty has no place in a professional setting. In business, these dishonesties can affect production, customers, services, delays in logistics, and so on. In my current profession. I work closely with sales reps that rely heavily on me to give them accurate and quick information. When something comes up that I am not sure about, I am honest with them. I let them know that I am not sure of the answer but I am working hard to find them an answer and that as I find out the information, I will get back with them. This keeps my credibility with my colleagues and gives me the proper amount of time to ask questions and find the correct answer.
I have to ask myself the reasoning behind the dishonest act. Therefore, I would not automatically be suspicious of someone’s honestly regarding other things. In everyone’s life, unique situations exist. It may be true that an individual lied, but he may well be candid in different scenarios. Therefore, I do not need to be suspicious of his dishonesty regarding other things automatically. I feel that perception also plays a role. With the case of Bill Clinton, the president of America, generally, it is expected that he “should” be honest in all areas of his life because that is the perception that the public holds of him.
Ideally, we should not be suspicious about the individual regarding their honestly on other things. However, as he or she has been dishonest in the past, pre-conceived notions will creep in, and a negative bias regarding the same. It becomes challenging to get rid of the idea from our minds, but as professionals, we should not have such notions or biases as they may hinder us from doing business.