Psychology 250:  Psychological Statistics & Research Methods

Syllabus (Section 1)

OAKS    This password-protected "private web" site is available only to students in my Psychology 220 class.  This is where you will go to take online quizzes, peruse resources (e.g., graphics, PowerPoint slideshows) used during class, and check your grades. You can also get there by gong My Charleston, logging in using your Cougars ID and Password, and clicking the acorn icon in the upper right corner.

My Advice to 250 Students

Most of the resources developed for this class will be posted on my OAKS home page as we use them during the semester. The links posted below are general in nature, and you may find some to be useful adjuncts to the OAKS resources. Although I obviously cannot vouch for the accuracy of the content of each site, each appears to be worth a look.  Perhaps the most useful web-based resources for this class will be found at the student web sites for your textbooks (see the first link above).

General Statistics Links

  The Rice Virtual Lab in Statistics was developed by Dr. David Lane at Rice University. It is a wonderful collection of statistics resources -- Hyperstat Online (an online textbook), Java applet statistics simulations, and actual data-based case studies illustrating the use of statistical principles.

psystat.gif (1344 bytes)     Electronic Statistics Textbook   Rusty on stats?  This is a good online review and general reference book made available by the StatSoft company.

 calculator2.gif (250 bytes)    Online Statistical Calculation    A number-cruncher's delight:  Many links to web pages that perform statistical calculations online, as well as links to free statistical software, online statistical manuals and tutorials, and so on.  Compiled by a biostatistician, John C. Pezzullo, of Georgetown University.

 new.gif (26402 bytes) BolderStats Java Applets were developed for use in statistics classes at the University of Colorado. They provide interactive demonstrations of statistical principles related to normal distributions, correlation scatterplots, and so on. And, yes, it's not "Boulder"Stats.


General Research Methods Links

knowbase.gif (1273 bytes)     The Knowledge Base   An online research methods textbook--excellent, comprehensive source of research methods topics (e.g., interaction effects, quasi-experimental designs, factorial designs) written by Dr. William Trochim of Cornell University.

    AmoebaWeb, an extensive collection of research methods links on numerous topics (e.g., reliability, program evaluation, scales of measurement, how to construct a survey), is maintained by Douglas Degelman at Vanguard University of Southern California.

Tut&Demo.gif (10349 bytes)     Psychology Tutorials and Demonstrations  Part of an excellent website at Hanover College (examples of topics include internal validity tutorial, demonstrations in auditory and visual perception.

threat.gif (14688 bytes)     "Name That Threat"  Examples of threats to internal validity taken from Huck and Sandler's book, Rival Hypotheses.

APA Style, Library and Internet Research

    Basics of APA Style  new.gif (26402 bytes) From the horse's mouth (APA):    A tutorial that introduces you to the scientific writing style used by our profession (the 6th edition of the Publication Manual). Warning: It speaks!

webspirs.gif (1261 bytes)    Digital Articles and Databases  The best online database for references and abstracts of professional articles in psychology is PsycINFO.  The College of Charleston Library also provides full-text access to over 40 high-quality APA journals, such as the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, American Psychologist, Neuropsychology, and Psychological Review, via the PsycARTICLES database  If you are a student at the College and wish to use these databases, this link will take you to the list of all of the College's databases.  Click "P" to go to the PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES links (if you are off-campus, be sure to login to "Off-Campus Access" first).  Two other useful psychology-related databases are Medline and the InfoTrac Expanded Academic Index.

        I am amazed at the number of e-journals (electronic journals) and databases that our College Library carries -- and most with access to full-text articles!  For example, the journals Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, Brain and Cognition, and Neuroscience are carried in the ScienceDirect database, and the journal Annual Review of Psychology and Journal of Applied Psychology are carried in the Business Source Premier database.

    Google Scholar     A good way to find real articles about real research.

Research Ethics Resources  

sun.gif (8137 bytes)     Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science   Interesting research ethics issues raised through various concrete examples; maintained by Case Western Reserve University.

cae.gif (1844 bytes)    Centre for Applied Ethics  Many useful links to ethics resources in health care, animal welfare, environment, business, science, etc.

tre-home.gif (173 bytes)    Teaching Research Ethics  A project of Indiana University; more links to ethics resources.

cofc-logo2.gif (4440 bytes)    College of Charleston Institutional Review Board   The IRB is coordinated by the College's Office of Research and Grants Administration (ORGA).

 whistle.gif (22863 bytes)   Government Accountability Project    Resources concerning whistleblowing, governmental wrongdoing, scientific integrity and misconduct, and so on.   [This is a private organization, not a government agency.]

Internet-Based Online Experiments

   Psychological Research on the Net    Many single, stand-alone experiments in different areas of psychology; an up-to-date list maintained by Dr. Krantz of Hanover College.

yahoo.gif (1184 bytes)    Yahoo! Listing of Tests and Experiments in Psychology  More single, stand-alone experiments in different areas of psychology.

psychexps.gif (4519 bytes)    PsychExps - Psychology Experiments on the Internet    An excellent site begun by Drs. McGraw and Tew of the University of Mississippi.  The experiments are written in Macromedia Authorware, which requires a free plugin for your browser (downloadable through their site). 

 expsylab.gif (13041 bytes)     Web Experimental Psychology Lab   The WWW's first online site for experimentation in psychology, created in 1995.  Experiments in English and German, with much up-to-date information about online experimentation and useful links.  Created by Dr. Ulf-D. Reips of the Psychological Institute, University of Zürich.

Psychology Career Resources (also see my Advising Resources public web page...)

psy21stcareers.jpg (20993 bytes)   Psychology Scientific Problem Solvers: 21st Century Careers in Psychology     A very useful APA online brochure on psychology careers, job outlooks, employment statistics, and so on.

 apasite.gif (1671 bytes)     APA Student Site    All the wonderful student resources of the American Psychological Association at your fingertips; take a look at the new online version of the monthly Monitor, which includes job advertisements in psychology.

Updated January 7, 2013

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