Intro to Stats

Welcome to Introduction to Statistics for Psychology!

This course will introduce you to the basic statistics used in psychological research. Psychology has developed scientific methods to explore questions about humanity and this course will introduce you to the statistics used to interpret and evaluate research findings. The goal is to provide you with a foundation to continue your training in psychology and to think critically about psychological findings reported in research articles and the media. Specifically, this class will teach you to: neither fear nor revere statistics, use statistics to share observations, understand statistical inferences, use SPSS to analyze data, and interpret results obtained during analysis. You will also develop the ability to write clearly and concisely about scientific research.

***Syllabus: s14 statistics syllabus

***Office hours are Tues/Thurs 10-11 in Psychology 218, or by appointment

***Powerpoints are provided as an aid to note taking during lecture. They are not intended to replace lecture and may not contain all of the information needed to study for tests or complete assignments.

***You are required to turn in all assignments from the lab manual during lab sessions. Be sure to bring the manual with you.

***Your grades on class assignments, tests, and quizzes will be released through the TAMU elearning system for your lab section. It’s a good idea to check this system regularly for your scores.

Week 1

Lab – none

Tuesday (1/14) Lecture: Introduction

Thursday (1/16) Lecture: Methods for Psychology

Additional Links:

Week 2

Lab ***it is extremely important that you attend this lab session*** Introduction and picking projects (bring this Study Sheet)

Tuesday (1/21) Lecture: Measures of central tendency

Thursday (1/23) Lecture: Variability

Additional Links:

Week 3

Lab – Introduction to SPSS

Tuesday (1/28) Lecture: Graphing Data

Thursday (1/30) Lecture: Reliability and validity

Week 4

Lab – Descriptive statistics

Tuesday (2/4) Lecture: Review Day (bring calculators)

Thursday (2/6) Lecture: Test #1 (bring calculators, pencils)

Week 5

Lab – Quiz #1, Draft #1 Due (attach the writing rubric), Reliability & validity

Tuesday (2/11) Lecture: Hypotheses

Thursday (2/13) Lecture: No class

Week 6

Lab- Hypotheses & probability

Tuesday (2/18) Lecture: Probability & zs

Thursday (2/20) Lecture: Significance testing

Week 7

Lab – Independent t-tests

Tuesday (2/25) Lecture: Independent samples t-tests

Thursday (2/27) Lecture: Dependent t-tests

Week 8

Lab – Dependent t-tests, Final #1 due (attach the same rubric you submitted with the draft)

Tuesday (3/4) Lecture: Review (bring calculators)

Thursday (3/6) Lecture: Test 2 (bring calculators, pencils)


Week 9

Lab – Quiz #2, ANOVA

Tuesday (3/18) Lecture: Analysis of Variance

Thursday (3/20) Lecture: ANOVA continued (bring same notes)

Week 10

Lab – Factorial ANOVA, Draft #3 due (attach the writing rubric)

Tuesday (3/25) Lecture: Factorial ANOVA

Thursday (3/27) Lecture: Correlation coefficients

Week 11

Lab – Correlation coefficients

Tuesday (4/1) Lecture: Review (bring calculators)

Thursday (4/3) Lecture: Test 3 (bring calculators) Linear regression

Week 12

Lab – Quiz #3, Linear regression, Final #3 due (attach the same writing rubric you submitted with the draft)

Tuesday (4/8) Lecture: Linear regression

Thursday (4/10) Lecture: Chi square; Overview of other tests (note there are two sets of notes here)

Week 13

Lab – Chi square, prepare for presentations Draft #4 due (attach the writing rubric)

Tuesday (4/15) Lecture: Review (bring calculators)

Thursday (4/17) Lecture: Test 4 (bring calculators, pencils)

Week 14

Lab – Quiz #4, lab wrap up

Tuesday (4/22) Lecture: Presentation Day, Your Grading rubric (print & bring this with you, filled out), My grading rubric (what I use to score posters; you do not need to print this), Show up to Rudder Tower 601

Week 15

Wednesday (4/30): Final #4 due to TA mailbox by 5 pm (attach the same rubric you submitted with the draft).


Useful class links and information

If you need writing help or consulting, it is available at the University Writing Center

If you would like a class tutor (or would like to volunteer as one) they are often arranged through the psychology advising office, you can find information at their website at:

You can access SPSS and other programs remotely (at home) through the TAMU VOAL system

Helpful stats page with interactive stats text and exercises.

Your textbook’s cite with practice problems and information.