Lab Assignments by Week

  1. Week 1: Chapter 1
    1. Create a "bare bones" Web page using text editor (NotePad).
    2. View the page using a browser (Netscape Navigator).
    3. Edit the page in text editor, save, and Reload to view changes.
    4. Remove the <PRE> tag, save, and reload to view effect.
    5. Search the Internet using search engines such as Yahoo, Altavista, Lycos, etc. Search for topics, people, etc. Also follow the organizational chart in Yahoo to find Psychology Experiments on the Web.
    6. Learn how to bookmark cites in browser.
    7. Learn to FTP. Download the data.csv file to examine it.
  2. Week 2: Chapter 2
    1. Quiz: create a "bare bones" page from memory.
    2. Add links to the Web page. 3 links:
      1. to email,
      2. to absolute address (URL),
      3. to relative address (same directory).
    3. Edit the page in text editor, save, and Reload to view changes. Test the links
    4. Add the <HR>, <BR>, and <P> tags. Study their effects.
    5. Make a document in MS Word. Include text, fonts, bold, etc. Include a table, Word Art, and a picture. Save as HTML, or Save as Web Page. View the Web page in the browser. Examine the folder of image files created.
    6. Learn how to View Source in browser. Also learn how to capture an image from the Web and save it to the HD.
    7. Library tour. OPAC to find call numbers of books, journals. Find the journals on the stack. Copy area, reshelving area, library etiquette. Suggestions for selecting articles that lead to realistic projects.
  3. Week 3: Chapters 3 and 4
    1. Work through the exercises and examples of Chapters 3 and 4.
    2. Preliminary presentation of articles and proposed project topics.
    3. Know how to view source code.
    4. Know how to find errors in source.
  4. Week 4: Chapters 3 and 4
    1. Present lab papers and projects.
    2. Work on the exercises of Chapters 3 and 4.
    3. Troubleshoot web pages.
  5. Week 5: Chapters 5 and 6.
    1. Do Chapter 5 experiment 3. Study the Web page that runs Ch5_exp3. From the HTML, predict the order of the variables in the data file. Review the use of FORMS with hidden variables, text input, and radio button input.
    2. Download the file via FTP, data.csv.
    3. Examine the file in Excel. Use End and down arrow to find blank lines in the data. Delete them (blank lines).
    4. Learn how to use Filters: Autofilters to filter the data. Filter data for Experiment 5 experiment 3.
    5. Copy the data from one study to a new Worksheet.
    6. Learn how to use PivotTable to create a PivotTable report. Experiment 5 chapter 3.
    7. Repeat the analysis starting with the file, clean.csv. Extract the data for Chapter 5 experiment 3, copy them and paste to a new worksheet. Make a PivotTable report of Answer by Gender.
    8. Perform experiments 4, 5, and 6 of Chapter 5.
    9. Examine HTML of experiments 4, 5, and 6.
    10. Use Excel to make separate worksheets for Experiments 4, 5, and 6. Find means and medians of the value of the St. Petersburg gamble for these three experiments. Does the list of options in a selection list affect the mean value of the gamble? Does it affect the median? How do the results differ from those obtained with a text box?
    11. Learn to import a CSV file to SPSS and how to make a crosstabulation in SPSS. Learn how to use the frequencies program of SPSS to find means, medians, frequencies, variance, standard deviation, standard error, etc.
  6. Week 6: Chapters 7, 8, 9, & 11.
    1. Do the experiments in Chapters 7 and 8. (Logic problem and Decision Making study.)
    2. Examine the examples (including the feedback for the logic problem) of these chapters. Look at the HTML of the logic problem (Ch7_exp1), and match the order of the variables in the HTML to the order in the data file.
    3. Download clean.csv, then filter and extract the data for the logic problem. Use Excel to make the Pivot Table shown in Figure 7.4 (Chapter 7). Remember: you have to copy the data to a new worksheet and rename the variables (be sure that the variables are correct from the HTML of the example), and work on the new worksheet to make the Pivot Table.
    4. At home: Do Chapter 8 page 20 experiment 1.
    5. Chapter 10 examples: take the personality test (advanced).
    6. Start surveyWiz. Make a simple questionnaire to assess attitudes towards driving. Short name is driving. One item is a text box for number of accidents, and the other is a scale of radio buttons assessing if the person likes to drive. Examine the HTML created. Learn the use of the buttons in the program. Display the file, then go back to the window and edit the instructions. Display the file again. Copy the HTML to NotePad and save. Load the file in the browser and fill out the form. Submit the data.
    7. Visit the color center, and find a better-looking background color than that sickly Green. Insert it in the BGCOLOR= in the BODY tag, to make a better background color. Hint: choose light colors so that the printing can be easily read.
    8. How would you make a text box bigger? How would you replace a text box with a textarea or a selection list?
    9. Download the data file, data.csv. (Usual filtering, naming, and pasting to new worksheet.) Look at the data for driving at the end of the file, which contains the driving example. Match the HTML with the data values.
    10. Factorial design of adjectives. Learn how such a study would have been done in the old days. Start factorWiz, and create a factorial design for the Impression Formation experiment. Learn the functions of the keys in factorWiz. Display the form created. Note that each student has created a different random order.
    11. Now participate in the experiment in Chapter 11 on impression formation. Submit the data.
    12. Discuss improvements for your Web site with the instructors.
  7. Week 7: Chapters 7, 8, 9, 11
    1. Review how to do Ch. 7 #2. look at source of Ch7_exp2.htm. Write a list of variables to be sent by the experiment to the data file. Discuss the hidden variables that start with "pf", e.g., pfDate pfTime pfRemoteAddress pfLongDate. pfReferer can tell if someone else is sending data to your script.
    2. Discuss how pfRemoteAddress helps identify multiple submissions. Also identifies region. Story of multiple submissions in personality test with feedback.
    3. Chapter 8 experiment 1. View source and examine hidden variables, variable numbering (v5 and v11 and coding of -1, 0, 1. Note on order in file: email address is early in the HTML file, but last in the data file because of leading digits in variable name.
    4. Review event-splitting and stochastic dominance in Choices 5 and 11.
    5. Download clean.csv, extract Ch8_exp1 data, new worksheet, label. PivotTable on choices 5 and 11 to match p. 20 of Ch 8.
    6. review binomial test of correlated proportions. Review binomial test of the marginals. (Use is the coin fair question?).
    7. Review normal distribution and binomial approximation to normal, z-test.
    8. Repeat with the new data from the lab.
    9. Summary of conclusions for decision-making.
  8. Week 8: Chapter 12
    1. Review impression formation experiment.
    2. Teach the trick of filling in the stimuli to decode the return order of data.
    3. Download clean.csv, extract the like5x5 data.
    4. Use conditional formatting to check the data. (not between 1 and 9)
    5. Find column mean in Excel.
    6. Use Autofilters to find all column means.
    7. Copied the means to new worksheet with Paste Special and Paste Link.
    8. Constructed the matrix of data. Added labels.
    9. Formatting of the bold and alignment of the adjective labels.
    10. Chart. Reproduced the chart in Figure 12.18 from the book.
    11. Fix labels, then save worksheet of data as CSV.
    12. Import decision data to SPSS. Read text data. Do the ANOVA in Fig. 12.26.
    13. Summarize the conclusions of the ANOVA.
    14. Individual analysis to see the extent to which the conclusions apply to the majority of Ss. Figures 12.19 to Figure 12.21 in Excel. (Uses the IF function of Excel.).
    15. Relate the graph of means to the differences computed.
  9. Week 9: Chapter 21
    1. Visit links for Chapter 21.
    2. Perfect your study
    3. Participate in the other studies--give advice to other students.
  10. Week 10: Chapter 17
    1. Visit links for Chapter 17.
    2. Pilot testing of studies.
    3. Begin collection of data.
  11. Week 11: Chapter 18
    1. Visit links for Chapter 18.
    2. Collection of data in the lab.
    3. Preliminary analysis of data. Check that data analysis methods work.
    4. Re-check the study. Make any changes needed ASAP.
  12. Week 12: Data Collection
    1. Observe collection of data in lab.
  13. Week 13: Data Analysis
    1. Analyze the data for your study.
    2. Work with Dr. Birnbaum individually.
  14. Week 14: Re-analysis of data
    1. Add additional analyses as suggested.
    2. Add data for the final count of Ss
  15. Week 15: Presentations
    1. Monday Lab for final consultations with Dr. Birnbaum
    2. Short lab Wednesday with Pam.




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