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Lab report on conspiracy and personality traits

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It is about writing a lab report on an experiment made in class. Data was collected during lab work of our personality and conspiracy theories’ susceptibility. Statistics, slides on the lab report and what is needed along with a key paper that is recommended to be used, I will provide to the writer myself. It is a standard research paper with introduction, methods, results, discussion.

Analysis for lab 3: correlation
Analysis of correlation between conspiracy belief and neuroticism
This takes you step-by-step through the correlation analysis.
Step 1: Complete the values within this table
Neuroticism (a) Conspiracy belief (b)
S a = 3979 S b = 1678
S (a2) = 116477 S (b2) = 21110
(Sa)2 =39792
(Sa)2 =
(Sb)2 = 16782
(Sb)2 =
S a*b =46109
N = 148
Step 2: Insert the values into the equation and work through the calculation
Follow the stages on the slides for the step-by-step calculations…
Step 3: Is your correlation significant?
– Is your hypothesis one-tailed or two-tailed?
– What is your df for the whole sample?
– What is your calculated r?
Use tables provided in the statistics lecture to look up whether the correlation is significant:
– Calculated r value must be larger than the critical r value to be significant.
– Report the smallest p at which your calculated r value is larger than the critical value.
Step 4: Writing up your analysis
– Standardised APA format for presenting a correlation:
o r (N) = calculated value, p < p value
– Remember to interpret the direction of any significant relationships.
Correlations between conspiracy belief and remaining personality traits (turn page)
Extraversion (a) Conspiracy belief (b)
S a = 4073 S b = 1678
S (a2) = 118743 S (b2) = 21110
(Sa)2 =40732
(Sa)2 =
(Sb)2 = 16782
(Sb)2 =
S a*b =46207
N = 148
Step 2: Insert the values into the equation and work through the calculation
Follow the stages on the slides for the step-by-step calculations…
Step 3: Is your correlation significant?
– Is your hypothesis one-tailed or two-tailed?
– What is your df for the whole sample?
– What is your calculated r?
Use tables provided in the statistics lecture to look up whether the correlation is significant:
– Calculated r value must be larger than the critical r value to be significant.
– Report the smallest p at which your calculated r value is larger than the critical value.
Step 4: Writing up your analysis
– Standardised APA format for presenting a correlation:
o r (N) = calculated value, p < p value
– Remember to interpret the direction of any significant relationships.
Openness (a) Conspiracy belief (b)
S a = 4339 S b = 1678
S (a2) = 132293 S (b2) = 21110
(Sa)2 =43392
(Sa)2 =
(Sb)2 = 16782
(Sb)2 =
S a*b =49260
N = 148
Step 2: Insert the values into the equation and work through the calculation
Follow the stages on the slides for the step-by-step calculations…
Step 3: Is your correlation significant?
– Is your hypothesis one-tailed or two-tailed?
– What is your df for the whole sample?
– What is your calculated r?
Use tables provided in the statistics lecture to look up whether the correlation is significant:
– Calculated r value must be larger than the critical r value to be significant.
– Report the smallest p at which your calculated r value is larger than the critical value.
Step 4: Writing up your analysis
– Standardised APA format for presenting a correlation:
o r (N) = calculated value, p < p value
– Remember to interpret the direction of any significant relationships.
Agreeableness (a) Conspiracy belief (b)
S a = 4348 S b = 1678
S (a2) = 132274 S (b2) = 21110
(Sa)2 =43482
(Sa)2 =
(Sb)2 = 16782
(Sb)2 =
S a*b =48677
N = 148
Step 2: Insert the values into the equation and work through the calculation
Follow the stages on the slides for the step-by-step calculations…
Step 3: Is your correlation significant?
– Is your hypothesis one-tailed or two-tailed?
– What is your df for the whole sample?
– What is your calculated r?
Use tables provided in the statistics lecture to look up whether the correlation is significant:
– Calculated r value must be larger than the critical r value to be significant.
– Report the smallest p at which your calculated r value is larger than the critical value.
Step 4: Writing up your analysis
– Standardised APA format for presenting a correlation:
o r (N) = calculated value, p < p value
– Remember to interpret the direction of any significant relationships.
Conscientiousness (a) Conspiracy belief (b)
S a = 4503 S b = 1678
S (a2) = 143547 S (b2) = 21110
(Sa)2 =45032
(Sa)2 =
(Sb)2 = 16782
(Sb)2 =
S a*b =50865
N = 148
Step 2: Insert the values into the equation and work through the calculation
Follow the stages on the slides for the step-by-step calculations…
Step 3: Is your correlation significant?
– Is your hypothesis one-tailed or two-tailed?
– What is your df for the whole sample?
– What is your calculated r?
Use tables provided in the statistics lecture to look up whether the correlation is significant:
– Calculated r value must be larger than the critical r value to be significant.
– Report the smallest p at which your calculated r value is larger than the critical value.
Step 4: Writing up your analysis
– Standardised APA format for presenting a correlation:
o r (N) = calculated value, p < p value
– Remember to interpret the direction of any significant relationships.
Analysis of all correlations
Findings (APA format)
Analysis
significant?
Direction?
Neuroticism
Extraversion
Openness
Agreeableness
Conscientiousness
Good luck with the analyses! Remember that you should select two of the correlations to
write up for your lab report. Post any questions on the Moodle forum, but please do not
post any of the actual statistical results on the discussion board.

PS1010: Introduction to Psychological Research 1
Lab 17: Analysis for lab report 3
Week 8, Term 2
Plan for today…
• Developing hypotheses
• Tailoring your lab to your selected personality traits
• Outline of the methods used
• Analysing the data: correlations
• Reading the core paper
Developing hypotheses…
• For each relationship think about…
• Do you predict a relationship, no relationship?
• If you predict a relationship, one or two tailed?
• If you have a one tailed prediction, positive or negative?
• For the lab report, you will need to select two of the
personality traits to correlate with conspiracy belief
• More advice, hints and tips on this next week…
What would you predict for the relationship
between belief in conspiracy theories and
each personality trait?
Developing hypotheses…
• Introduction:
• Avoid writing a “general” personality introduction…
• Highlight the two traits you select early in the intro
• Why are these traits particularly interesting?
• Is there research that informed your decision/choice?
• DO NOT base your predictions on your findings
• Establish your predictions now, not after the analysis
• DO NOT use your findings to justify your predictions
• Why do you predict X? If two different predictions, why?
IMPORTANT: Make this lab report your own.
Select two traits, and then focus on these two traits.
Lab report write up…
• Methods:
• Materials: State that the full NEO-FFI questionnaire
was used, collecting data for all five traits
• Design and analysis: Specify your two traits only
• Results:
• Only present the analyses for your two chosen traits
• Discussion:
• Include specific discussion about your two traits (in
relation to conspiracy theories!), not just general
“personality” discussion
Methods information
• What type of research design did we use?
• Correlational
• What were our variables?
• Belief in conspiracy theory
• Personality (two of N, E, O, A or C)
• What do the scores really mean?
• Belief in conspiracy theory
• Minimum and maximum scores?
• What do high scores reflect?
• Personality (two of N, E, O, A or C)
• Minimum and maximum scores?
• What do high scores reflect?
Participant details
N 148
N (Males) 18
N (Females) 130
Missing data
points on sex
0
Age (mean) 19.14
Age (SD) 1.87
Missing data
points on age
1
PS1010: Introduction to Psychological Research 2
Descriptive statistics
Mean SD
Belief in conspiracy theories 11.34 3.77
Personality: Neuroticism 26.89 8.04
Personality: Extraversion 27.52 6.73
Personality: Openness 29.32 5.88
Personality: Agreeableness 29.38 5.56
Personality: Conscientiousness 30.43 6.67
Remember conspiracy
belief was measured on a
different scale! Neuroticism(a) Conspiracy belief (b)
S a = 3979 S b = 1678
S (a2) = 116477 S (b2) = 21110
(Sa)2 =39792
(Sa)2 = 15832441
(Sb)2 = 16782
(Sb)2 = 2815684
S a*b =46109
N = 148
Correlation: Conspiracy belief and N
First, calculate (Sa)2 and (Sb)2
Now enter the values
into the equation and
work through
calculating the r value
WARNING!!!
Numbers get really big – be very careful
when noting or calculating values.
Is your correlation significant?
• Is your hypothesis one-tailed or two-tailed? Up to you!
• What is your df for the whole sample? N-2 = XXX
• What is your calculated r? r = .XX
What does
this r value
mean?
Calculated r must
be larger than
critical r to be
significant
Is our analysis significant?
What is the smallest
p value at which our
analysis is
significant?
r (N) = .XX, p < .XXX
If you have a
negative
correlation, include
the –ive sign!
Writing up a correlation
r (N) = .XX, p < .XXX
Tells you which
statistic you
calculated (r)
Tells you the
number of
participants
Tells you the
statistic calculated
value (2 d.p.)
Tells you the
significance
(p value)
If you calculate a
negative correlation,
remember to include
the –ive sign!
Running the remaining analyses
Extraversion (a) Conspiracy belief (b)
S a = 4073 S b = 1678
S (a2) = 118743 S (b2) = 21110
(Sa)2 = 40732
(Sa)2 =
(Sb)2 = 16782
(Sb)2 =
S a*b =46207
N = 148
Openness (a) Conspiracy belief (b)
S a = 4339 S b = 1678
S (a2) =132293 S (b2) = 21110
(Sa)2 =43392
(Sa)2 =
(Sb)2 = 16782
(Sb)2 =
S a*b =49260
N = 148
Agreeableness (a) Conspiracy belief (b)
S a = 4348 S b = 1678
S (a2) = 132274 S (b2) = 21110
(Sa)2 =43482
(Sa)2 =
(Sb)2 = 16782
(Sb)2 =
S a*b =48677
N = 148
Conscientiousness (a) Conspiracy belief (b)
S a = 4503 S b = 1678
S (a2) = 143547 S (b2) = 21110
(Sa)2 =45032
(Sa)2 =
(Sb)2 = 16782
(Sb)2 =
S a*b =50865
N = 148
Complete the table at the end
on the analysis handout 
Summarising our results…
• For each personality trait…
• Was the analysis significant or not?
• If significant, was the direction positive or negative?
• If not significant, no need to interpret direction
• Does this finding support your hypothesis?
N E O A C
Group task
Without using the exact personality trait labels (or Googled
synonyms!) – develop a description of the type of person that
would strongly believe in conspiracy theories.
PS1010: Introduction to Psychological Research 3
Darwin et al. (2011): Introduction
• Things to think about for each study…
• How is the cited study relevant to yours?
• In what way can you make links across the differences
between their study and yours? Extrapolation…
• Using this, what would you predict about the
relationship between conspiracy theory belief and
specific personality traits?
Group task
Looking at the introduction only, select two pieces of research that
Darwin et al. cite that could be used to informyour lab report.
Darwin et al. (2011): Methods
Group task
Look at each measure they
included in their study (see Table
1). For each measure, does it
relate to any of the measures
included in our study?
When looking for research for
your lab, there is little on
personality directly. Think about
alternative measures that might
tell you something about your
specified two personality traits.
Darwin et al. (2011): Findings
Group task
Look at the correlations between
conspiracy belief and the various
measures they included. Select
three of these results, according
to which you think are most
relevant to our study. For each…
– Which trait does this relate to?
– What did they find?
– How might this informyour lab?
Darwin et al. (2011): Discussion
• Critical thinking exercise for next week. Do they:
• Relate their findings to previous research?
• Consider reasons for supporting/contradicting research?
• Discuss strengths and weakness of their design?
• Use previous research to support their critique?
• Suggest justified, logical and directly linked further research?
How good do you think their discussion was?
Prepare answers to each of these questions for
the lab class next week…
What did we do and learn today?
• Developing hypotheses…
• Especially how to make this lab report your own.
• Select two traits, and then focus on these two traits.
• Correlation analysis of our findings
• Reading the core paper: Darwin et al. (20111)
• In particular, how to read related research and form
links to your own selected two traits.
Plans for the next lab class…
• Read the discussion of the key paper
• Be very critical in thinking about it. Do they:
• Relate their findings to previous research?
• Consider reasons for supporting/contradicting research?
• Discuss strengths and weakness of their design?
• Use previous research to support their critique?
• Suggest justified, logical and directly linked further research?
• Find your own wider reading. It must be:
• A research paper (not a review), published since 2008
• Think in particular about how it relates to your study:
• How could your extrapolate from one to the other?
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