Statistics Lab

Description and Objectives

This laboratory course is designed to give you hands-on experience analyzing and interpreting data. To do this, you will need to apply the facts, theories, and concepts you learn about in PSY 3010, Statistics for Psychology. By applying the material learned in PSY 3010, you will take your learning to a whole new level – empowering you far more than what a lecture-based course could do.


By the end of the laboratory course, successful students will be able to: 

1)  enter and code variables into SPSS (a statistical software package)


2)  enter data sets into SPSS

3)  execute and interpret descriptive statistics and inferential tests using SPSS


4)  use a powerpoint presentation to disseminate your empirical research results (extra credit)

How will we do this?


I have collected data on digital well-being and optimism for the future, both before and after COVID hit and the campus closed in March 2020. You will watch video tutorials showing you how to analyze the pre-COVID data. You will then do the same analysis on the post-COVID data. I don't know about you, but I am betting digital well-being and optimism will take a serious nosedive.

Guess we'll find out, eh?


I am in the process of collecting data on culture orientation, wellness, and attitudes toward COVID rights and restrictions. You will analyze and interpret this data using the same tests you learned through the guided analyses. If you want extra credit, you will create a pptx presentation on this study. I am hoping that this will eventually lead to a publication. Either way, this will likely yield some interesting results. I can't wait!

            The Dreaded SPSS test

I say "dreaded" but by this time, you should all be "experts" using SPSS. To ease the anxiety you might otherwise feel, there will be two versions. If you take both, I will take your highest score. Also, the test is open notes, open book. If you do well, you should include "Competent with SPSS statistical software, analyses, and interpretation" on your resume or CV. Impressive!!