Activities and Demonstrations

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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Design & Data: How Do Parents Respond to Their Child’s Public Tantrums? (Observational Research/Descriptive Statistics)

Key Topics and Links to Files Data Analysis Guide The Many Forms of Discipline in Parents’ Bag of Tricks Analyses Included: Descriptive Statistics (Frequencies; Central Tendency); Inter-observer Reliability (Cohen’s Kappa); Inter-observer Reliability (Pearson’s r); Creating a Mean; Creating a Median Split; Selecting Cases Dataset Syntax Output BONUS: Dyads at Diners (How often and how much …

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Lecture Slides: How Personality Differs across the United States (ANOVA Review)

These slides (created by Dr. Jessica Hartnett) discuss a one-way ANOVA example from published research examining if different parts of the United States exhibit different personalities. In her blog post about it, she includes a link to a Time magazine article about the study, CSV and Excel versions of the dataset. Here is a blog …

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Open Stats Lab: Identifying Questionnable Research Practices

Students read “Measuring the Prevalence of Questionable Research Practices With Incentives for Truth Telling“ Student respond to a series of questions asking them to define questionable research practices, how they relate to Type 1 Error, consequences, and remedies. A lab summary includes: learning objectives, background, article citation, and the response questions. You can follow Open …

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Open Stats Lab: Introduction to Pre-registration

Students read “Research Preregistration 101“ Students read “Example steps for doing a pre-registration in (social) psychology” from the OSF website. Student respond to a series of questions about the value of pre-registration, including its ability to counter HARKing. A lab summary includes: learning objectives, background, links to articles, and the response questions. You can follow …

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Open Stats Lab: Additional Activities

Activities focus on the following topics: (RELIABILITY ANALYSIS) Do People Feel Immoral After Behaving Inauthentically? Here students get to compute new variable, calculate descriptive statistics, find Cronbach’s alpha, and create a table. (CHI-SQUARE TEST OF INDEPENDENCE) Why do People Fail to Follow Through on Their Good Intentions? Here students get to conduct a t-test for …

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Open Stats Lab: Two-Way (Factorial) ANOVA Activities

Activities focus on the following topics: (TWO-WAY ANOVA) Do People Judge Physical Distances of Locations Based on Their Psychological Orientation Toward Them? Here students get to conduct a two-way (factorial) ANOVA, tests for the interaction, and create a figure. (MIXED ANOVA) Do People Underestimate the Pleasure of Remembering Ordinary vs. Extraordinary Events? Here students get …

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Open Stats Lab: One-Way ANOVA Activities

Activities focus on the following topics: (ANOVA w/ PLANNED COMPARISONS) Does Reasoning about Personal Problems Improve with Psychological Distance? Here students get to conduct a one-way ANOVA (with planned comparisons) and create a figure. (ANOVA w/ PLANNED CONTRASTS) Can Playing Tetris Reduce the Occurrence of Intrusive Memories? Here students get to conduct a one-way ANOVA …

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Open Stats Lab: t-test Activities

Activities focus on the following topics: (SINGLE SAMPLE and PAIRED-SAMPLES) Does Music Convey Social Information to Infants? Here students get to conduct a single/one sample t-test, a t-test for dependent means (paired samples), and can create a boxplot and/or scatterplot. (TWO INDEPENDENT SAMPLES) Do Spoken or Written Words Better Express Intelligence? Here students get to …

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Open Stats Lab: Regression Activities

Activities focus on the following topics: Why are People Biased When Reasoning About the Status Quo? Here students get to conduct bivariate correlations, regression, and multiple regression. They may also create a table. Do Experts Overrate the Extent of Their Expertise? Here students will conduct descriptive statistics, t-tests, multiple regression, and use a split file. …

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Open Stats Lab: Correlation Activities

Activities focus on the following topics: Does Being Wealthy Distort Perceptions of Wealth Inequality? Here students get to create new variables, calculate means and standard deviations, and conduct bivariate correlations. Do Outbreaks of Infectious Diseases Influence Voting Behavior? Here students will need to select certain cases for the analysis, conduct bivariate correlations, and generate scatterplots. …

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Link: Open Stats Lab

Open Stats Lab (OSL) is a free resource for the teaching of introductory statistics. From the site: “OSL is primarily a resource for the teaching (and learning) of statistics. Although many statistics textbooks come with supplemental data sets to help train students in data analysis, these data sets often lack the richness and complexity of …

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Activity: Preparing an Elevator Pitch For Your Research

The activity has students develop, practice, and share an “elevator pitch” of their own original research project. Research activity is often something that makes students stand out for job or graduate school positions. To effectively use their research experience, students need to clearly summarize their research projects in a finite amount of time. This is …

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Activity: APA Research Reports,What Goes Where?

This activity asks students to reconstruct an APA style research report by logically organizing individual paragraphs from a published research article. This activity takes a “jigsaw puzzle” approach to teaching students the underlying structure and logic of an APA style research report. Students are provided the following paragraphs from a published research article on individual …

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Lecture Slides: Power and the Elephant (Understanding the Relation Between Sample Size, Effect Size, and Significance Level)

This activity (created by Dr. Lisa Dinella) has students participate in a lively game show that serves as a metaphor for the relation between sample size, effect size, and significance level when determining power The goal of this is to provide students with an example that demonstrates the interrelation of effect size, significance level, and …

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Lecture Slides: Predicting Job Performance (Multiple Regression)

This is an example (created by Dr. Alisa McArthur) looking at predictors of job performance that shows simple multiple regression using SPSS which illustrates how multicollinearity can lead to results that are inconsistent and difficult to interpret. It includes both a PowerPoint as well as hard copy for students to help them get more comfortable …

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