Discovering the Scientist Within

Tips: Developing a Research Talk/Paper Presentation

You’re Not Nervous, You’re ExcitedThis article provides research support for reappraising nerves as excitement. It explains that thisreappraisal can help performance (versus suggesting they need to calm down). If students won’tbelieve you, maybe they’ll believe the research!Brooks, A. W. (2014). Get excited: Reappraising pre-performance anxiety as excitement. Journal ofExperimental Psychology: General, 143, 1144-1158. doi: 10.1037/a0035325 …

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Assignment: Creating a Conference Poster on Sex Differences (SPSS)

In this assignment (created by Dr. Kimberly A. Barchard and Dr. Leiszle Lapping-Carr), students conduct a literature review, analyze data using an independent samples t-test and a confidence interval, create a grouped frequency distribution and a histogram, write a research report, and create a PowerPoint poster. A detailed grading rubric is included. This assignment was …

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Activity: Preparing an Elevator Pitch For Your Research

The activity has students develop, practice, and share an “elevator pitch” of their own original research project. Research activity is often something that makes students stand out for job or graduate school positions. To effectively use their research experience, students need to clearly summarize their research projects in a finite amount of time. This is …

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Activity: APA Research Reports,What Goes Where?

This activity asks students to reconstruct an APA style research report by logicallyorganizing individual paragraphs from a published research article. This activity takes a “jigsaw puzzle” approach to teaching students the underlying structure and logic of an APA style research report. Students are provided the following paragraphs from a published research article on individual slips …

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Link: 25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer

This is an easy to read list of advice from writers, much of it focusing on the writing process (getting down to actually doing it). Topics include getting through the first draft, importance of outlines, getting a routine, unplugging, the importance of feedback, and getting stuck. This is great advice for everyone (students and professors). …

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Video: Chi-Square Calculation

A short (~5 minute) video (created by J David Eisenberg) with straightforward examples and explanations of how to compute the chi-squared statistic for independent measures of nominal data. Examples focus on who uses a garbage can vs. who litters, among males and females. Another example focuses on the color of fliers and whether people take …

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Video: Sampling Distribution of the Sample Means

A Khan Academy video that demonstrates calculating means of samples in the context of the central limit theorem, including a discussion of the Sampling Distribution of the Sample mean (or the Distribution of Means of Samples). You can find the whole series of Khan Academy videos on Probability and Statistics here.

Video: Introduction to Hypothesis Testing

A really well done video that clearly explains the basics of hypothesis testing. Students could easily watch this at home as part of a flipped classroom approach and come to class with a solid foundation. It has over 2 million views for a reason. This video is from the http://www.MathTutorDVD.com series.

Lecture Slides: Power and the Elephant (Understanding the Relation Between Sample Size, Effect Size, and Significance Level)

This activity (created by Dr. Lisa Dinella) has students participate in a lively game show that serves as a metaphor for the relation between sample size, effect size, and significance level when determining power The goal of this is to provide students with an example that demonstrates the interrelation of effect size, significance level, and …

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Lecture Slides: Predicting Job Performance (Multiple Regression)

This is an example (created by Dr. Alisa McArthur) looking at predictors of job performance that shows simple multiple regression using SPSS which illustrates how multicollinearity can lead to results that are inconsistent and difficult to interpret. It includes both a PowerPoint as well as hard copy for students to help them get more comfortable …

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