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Conducting Research

Information for how to...Concrete tools to help you with...

- How to generate research ideas

- Tips on conducting research - do's and dont's

- Access Self-report Questionnaires Online

- Online Interactive Experiments

- Content validity

- Deception (methodological technique)

- Demand characteristics

- Literature Review

- Archives of data and stimuli

Internet Research

- Internet Research FAQ

- When should you consider doing internet research?

- What are the advantages/disadvantages of doing internet research?

- How/where to build your online study

- Where can I learn more about internet research?

- Tips/tricks for conducting internet research

- How to recruit subjects online?

Data Analysis


- General tips

- Marginal significance

- Tips/tricks for using SPSS

- What are "Descriptive Statistics"?

- What are "Inferential Statistics"?

Data Screening

- What is the purpose of data screening/cleaning?

- Tips/tricks for Data cleaning

- Checking Data Entry

Missing Values

- Why do missing values occur?

- Why is missing data a problem?

- How do I identify if missing values are random or non-random?

- How do I deal with missing data?


- What are outliers?

- Should I check for outliers?

- How can I tell if outliers are influencing my data?

- How do I detect univariate outliers in my data?

- How do I detect bivariate and multivariate outliers in my data?

- How do I deal with outliers?


- What is "normality"?

- Why is normality important?

- How do I determine whether my data are normal?

- How do I deal with non-normality?

- How do I transform variables?

Statistical Tests

- Meta-analysis

- Mediation

- What is an Interaction?

- Interaction between two continuous variables

- Interaction between categorical and continuous variables

- What is a correlation?

- What is a partial correlation?

- What is a point-biserial correlation?

- What is regression? -What is a probabilistic causal analysis?


- What is a scatterplot?

- What is linearity?

- Want help using SPSS?

- What is "syntax" in SPSS?

Transforming continuous into categorical variables

- Why transform continuous variables into categorical variables?

- How to dichotomize variables?

- Why cut into thirds or fourths instead of dichotomizing?


- How do I create a composite of items?

- Why create a composite of items?

- How do I know when it is appropriate to create a composite?

- How do I create a composite with items with different scale ranges?

- How do I create a composite with items labeled in opposite directions?

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