Communicating Psych Science

Simple Rules for Concise Scientific Writing

A central feature of scientific writing is clear and concise prose. This paper by Scott Hotaling (follow him on Twitter) provides a set of easy to follow rules to follow when writing research papers. Though this isn’t specifically for psychology or APA style papers, his suggestions are fantastic general tips for becoming a better writer. …

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Video: How to Do Chi-Square in JASP

Video (10:27) from Research by Design in which, “We learn how to calculate a One-Way Chi-Square goodness of fit test in JASP using the setting for Multinomial Test. For the null hypothesis, we assume that the observed values in one group (the Pigs) do not differ from the values in a comparison population (the Bears) …

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Video: How to Do Simple Linear Regression in JAS

Video (23:18) from Research by Design in which, “Exploring our data about burnout and job satisfaction, we predict an outcome with a single variable using simple linear regression in JASP. I explain how regression works, then open an SPSS dataset in JASP. We explore the assumptions of homoscedasticity and linearity with a scatterplot and normality …

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Video: How to Do a Pearson Correlation in JASP

Video (18:47) from Research by Design in which, “Using a dataset about burnout and job satisfaction, we learn how to conduct a simple correlation, how to interpret it, and how to write it up in APA style. We begin by exploring the theoretical relationship among the variables to understand how correlation works. After we walk …

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Video: How to Do an One-Way ANOVA in JASP

Video (14:02) from Research by Design in which, “We are off to see the wizard with an example of a one-way (factorial) ANOVA involving wicked witches and munchkins. We open a .CSV dataset in JASP, check the assumptions of homogeneity of variance and normality, conduct the test, interpret the results, and write up the findings …

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Video: How to Do an Independent Samples t Test in JASP

Video (18:29) from Research by Design in which, “Using a dataset about puppy training, we learn how to set up and run an independent samples t test. We import data into JASP, conduct the test, interpret the results and write up the findings. We will learn to check the assumptions of homogeneity of variance using …

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Video: How to Do a One Sample and Paired-Samples t Test in JASP

Video (16:57) from Research by Design in which, “The One Sample t-Test is a parametric procedure that tests whether a sample mean is statistically significantly different than a population mean or other known value. We will open a CSV dataset in JASP, check the assumptions of the test, conduct the one sample t-test, interpret the …

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Video: Computing Frequencies and Creating an APA-Style Frequency Table Using JASP, Excel, and Word

Concise video from Research by Design in which, “We create an APA-style frequency table with scores in descending order, simple frequency, relative frequency, cumulative frequency, percentile, and sample size. We use JASP for the statistics, Excel for the formatting, and wrap it all up for presentation in Word. These same techniques work with open-source word …

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Is One Study as Good as Three? College Graduates Seem to Think So, Even if They Took Statistics Classes

Abstract When people interpret the outcome of a research study, do they consider other relevant information such as prior research? In the current study, 251 college graduates read a single brief fictitious news article. The article summarized the findings of a study that found positive results for a new drug. Three versions of the article …

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The 5 Techniques of Science Denial

In the article “A history of FLICC: the 5 techniques of science denial” places five strategies (Fake experts, Logical fallacies, Impossible expectations, Cherry picking, and Conspiracy theories.) into a the acronym FLICC. This article, elaborates on many other techniques within these broad 5 categories, including examples of each. The article includes links to a three …

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Connected Papers: A Visual Tool for Writing Literature Reviews

From the website: “Enter a typical paper and we’ll build you a graph of similar papers in the field. Explore and build more graphs for interesting papers that you find – soon you’ll have a real, visual understanding of the trends, popular works and dynamics of the field you’re interested in. “ In the above example, …

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Assignment: t-test for Independent Means/Samples (SPSS)

In this assignment (created by Dr. Kimberly A. Barchard and Dr. Leiszle Lapping-Carr), students learn how to use SPSS to compare two independent groups using the independent samples t-test and using confidence intervals for the difference of the means. Students also write a research report with their results. A detailed grading rubric is included. This …

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Assignment: Reading and Evaluating Research

This resource (created by Dr. Suzanne Wood and Vanessa Chan with support from an Instructional Resource Award) describes five writing assignments designed to help students build critical thinking skills related to reading empirical research. Each activity has an overview, guidelines for students, and a rubric for instructors. This is a fantastic activity for students taking …

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Design & Data: How Do You Know If You Are Truly Helping? (Program Evaluation)

Key Topics and Links to Files Data Analysis Guide Applying Your Skills in the Real World: How Do You Know If You Are Truly Helping? Analyses Included: Single Sample t-test; t-test for Independent Means; Creating a Mean; Descriptive Statistics (Central Tendency)   Dataset Syntax Output BONUS – STUDY 1: How Can We Reduce Underage Drinking? …

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Design & Data: Which Therapy is Best for Treating Eating Disorders? (Mixed Design and Mixed/Repeated-Measures ANOVA)

Key Topics and Links to Files Data Analysis Guide Which Therapy is Best for Treating Eating Disorders? Analyses Included: Mixed ANOVA/Repeated-Measures ANOVA Dataset Syntax Output BONUS: Do Others Help or Hinder Performance? Analyses Included: Mixed ANOVA/Repeated-Measures ANOVA Dataset Syntax Output Design Summary (for the chapter study and the bonus data) Research Question Design Main Analysis …

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Design & Data: Do Pick-up Lines Really Work? (Factorial Design and Two-Way ANOVA)

Key Topics and Links to Files Data Analysis Guide “I Lost My Phone Number, Can I Borrow Yours?” Do Pick-up Lines Really Work? Analyses Included: Two-Way ANOVA Dataset Syntax Output BONUS: Do Tattoos and How You Dress Influence Whether Someone Will Help You?   Analyses Included: Two-Way ANOVA; Descriptive Statistics (Frequencies) Dataset Syntax Output Design …

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Design & Data: Can Watching Reality TV Shows Be Good for Us? (Within-Subjects Design, t-test for Paired/Dependent Samples, and Repeated-Measures ANOVA)

Key Topics and Links to Files Data Analysis Guide Can Watching Reality TV Shows Be Good for Us? Analyses Included: t-test for Dependent Means/Paired Samples t-test; Repeated-Measures ANOVA Dataset Syntax Output BONUS: Does Talking Lead to Distracted Driving? Analyses Included: Repeated-Measures ANOVA Dataset Syntax Output Design Summary (for the chapter study and the bonus data) …

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Design & Data: I’m Feeling Hot, But Is the Earth Hot, Too? (MultiGroup Design and One-Way ANOVA)

Key Topics and Links to Files Data Analysis Guide I’m Feeling Hot, But Is the Earth Hot, Too? Analyses Included: One-Way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) with Post Hoc test and Planned Contrasts; Reliability (Cronbach’s alpha); Chi-Square (Test of Independence) Dataset Syntax Output BONUS: Can Motivational Lyrics Reduce Pre-performance Anxiety and Improve Actual Task Performance? Analyses …

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Design & Data: Texting, I Can’t Get You Out of My Mind (Two-Group Design and t-test for Independent Means/Samples)

Key Topics and Links to Files Data Analysis Guide Texting: I Can’t Get You Out of My Mind Analyses Included: t-test for Independent Means Dataset Syntax Output BONUS: How Does the Experience of Stress Influence Feelings toward One’s Relationship? Analyses Included: t-test for Independent Means; Creating a Mean; Reliability (Cronbach’s alpha)  Dataset Syntax Output Design …

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Design & Data: Is Going Greek a Good Idea? (Survey Research and Correlation)

Key Topics and Links to Files Data Analysis Guide Is Going Greek a Good Idea? Analyses Included: Pearson r correlation; Descriptive Statistics (Frequencies; Central Tendency); Scale Reliability (Cronbach’s alpha); Creating a Sum Dataset Syntax Output BONUS: What Contributes to College Satisfaction? Analyses Included: Pearson r correlation; Multiple Regression Dataset Syntax Output Design Summary (for the …

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