Labs

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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Lecture Slides: Samples Representing the Population with the Use of M&Ms

This PowerPoint leads students through an activity that stresses the need to have a relatively large sample when trying to accurately represent the population.Instructors will need to supply students with fun size bags of plain M&Ms®. Students first estimate the population frequency of each color of candy using their small sample (fun size bag). Then …

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Activity: Orange You Glad for Descriptive Statistics?

This is a lab or classroom activity “Oranges Are the New Statistics“(created by Kathrine Frey Frøslie) that has students peel oranges and collect data from various aspects of the experience (e.g., number of wedges, speed of peeling, weight of oranges, etc.) Students then use this data to calculate descriptive statistics such as central tendency, and …

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Activity: Research Idea Diary

This activity takes students(individually or as part of a group) through a series of steps to generate research ideas from their daily experiences. Next, students have the opportunity to select a research design that can test their idea. Please click here for the file.