Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Understanding and Using Statistics in Psychology

This project was expired on 06/30/2017


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Kevin King

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Kevin King
Associate Professor
Department: Psychology
Office: Guthrie 333

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Weekly

Direct supervisor of students:

Connor McCabe, Max Halvorson, Madi Feil
Supervisor Title: Graduate Students
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

Our lab aims to study how researchers use statistics in psychological studies. We do this via a variety of methods, from simulation to literature reviews to surveys. Our research suggests that many common practices in psychology may lead to erroneous conclusions, that researchers may not really understand the data analytic methods they use, and our theory is that the motivational system in science fails to control for or effectively screen bad statistical practices. Our goal is to develop a science of the implementation of statistics in psychology. If you have an interest in data analysis and psychological research, and have thought about graduate training in Psychology (particularly in Quantitative Psychology), this could be a good fit for you.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Student commitment: 2 quarters minimum, 3 quarters preferred

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
% data entry % video taping % animal care
% database management % interview subjects % animal observation
% encoding data % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
% library research % running subjects % histology
% data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    % recruiting subjects    

Other:Data simulation, literature review, some data collection, coding and survey development.

Skills / Experience Preferred

Psych 315 or 317 and 318, interest in use and misuse of statistics