Guidance, Resources, Tech

Looking for a source of free images?

Most of the images you find on the web will have some sort of copyright or ownership rights that will prevent you using them in lectures, posters or as dissertation stimuli for example. There are a number of free sources of images, and here they are! If you find any more please let Joe the psychology technician know.

https://pixabay.com and https://unsplash.com  are searchable sources for free images.

You can also use search.creativecommons.org to search Flickr for images that are licensed for reuse. It allows you to filter by commericial/non-commercial reuse so it is very helpful.

You can also try:

http://www.pics4learning.com  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

More guidance for University of Brighton students using images

 

 

 

 

Facilities, Guidance, Resources

Dissertation support

See below for a 30 minute virtual lab tour showcasing the support, spaces and equipment we can offer those embarking on their dissertations.

 

Download the slides here.

PLEASE NOTE THE LAB IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO THE COVID-RELATED RESTRICTIONS. THE ABILITY TO CARRY OUT FACE TO FACE RESEARCH SET OUT IN THE PRESENTATION IS SUBJECT TO THE LIFTING OF RESTRICTIONS ON SOCIAL CONTACT. WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING NEW WAYS TO CARRY OUT RESEARCH ONLINE AS A CONTINGENCY AND WILL SHARE THESE IF THEY BECOME NECCESSARY.

Want to know more?

2 page guide – support QUALitative dissertations

(accessible guide for qualitative dissertations)

2 page guide – support for QUANTitative dissertations

(accessible guide for quantitative dissertations)

We’re very happy to chat about specific issues, the earlier the better in your thinking! Please contact a psychology technician today!

Facilities, Guidance, Tech

Want to produce an academic poster?

PosterThe psychology lab and the computers in the Falmer Library all have Microsoft Publisher, which is an easy way to quickly create professional looking academic posters like the one above, which was created by one of our Level 6 students for the 2016 BUDS conference. If you would like a demo of Microsoft Publisher, please ask the psychology technicians. The lab has produced a short guide which can be used to set up Microsoft Publisher for producing an academic poster and helps you understand some of the key features which also contains links to further information.

Further support on Microsoft Publisher can be found on Microsoft’s website.

Facilities, Guidance

Software for QUALITATIVE analysis – Nvivo.

NVivo is qualitative analysis software developed by QSR International. All of the lab’s computers have Nvivo installed on them, and it is also available on the library computers. If you would like a demo of NVivo please speak to a psychology technician.

Here’s a short presentation introducing NVivo. If you’d like a step by step guide to help you explore some of NVivo’s basic features in your own time, please find a computer with NVivo installed (all computers in the lab have it), and download the NVivo worksheet.

Full details of NVivo can be found on the manufacturer’s website.

Guidance, Resources

Cyberball

The psychology lab has created an implementation of the online program, Cyberball. Further information about how to use and reference Cyberball can be found in the User Manual for Cyberball 4. The program can be accessed at the following link: https://tools.brighton.ac.uk/cyberball/ . Please note that you will need to customise the URL to make it function in the way you desire – the psychology technicians can help you if you are unsure.

Guidance, Resources

SPSS and research methods help

Getting started with data analysis

If you’re just getting started with your data analysis, we’re happy to help. The video below goes through a number of steps you need to complete before you can carry out your analysis with SPSS:

Topics covered: 

01:56    Downloading your Qualtrics data
02:55    Cleaning the dataset
05:40    Reverse scoring
13:40    Computing scores
16:42    Defining randomised conditions
22:11    Next steps 

Multiple regression, moderation and mediation

Topics covered: 

00:01:07    Downloading and installing `Process` 
00:04:50    Multiple regression & data screening
00:35:06    Moderation
00:56:50    Mediation
01:11:03    Summary

Remember that the SS511 Psychological Research Methods area on StudentCentral also contains a wealth of resources for data analysis.

If you’re still struggling, get in touch with us!

We also have some additional films to help entering data, coding variables and carrying out statistical tests. You might need to enter your university login and password.

If you are struggling with research methods or SPSS it is much better to get help early on rather than waiting until exam or data analysis time, letting all the questions mount up, getting more and more confused – and finally realising you’ve got a mountain to climb and no more time. No question is too silly – often the questions you think are the silliest are the most useful ones to get clear in your head early on.

Want SPSS on your own computer?

Guidance, Interesting studies

Thinking about what dissertation to do?

Don’t worry if you’re stuck! I’ll be posting some guides before term starts about what the psychology lab can offer you in terms of dissertation support (stats support, equipment and facilities) which will also aim to give you an idea of the types of dissertations this will help you to think up.

In the meantime one suggestion I’d make if you’re stuck for inspiration is to go over the BPS Research Digest with a fine tooth comb, and subscribe to the newsletter! This is a really excellent resource with interesting cutting-edge research which you could think about developing further or taking in a new direction. If you scroll to the bottom of the screen in the BPS Research Digest, the categories allow you to select your area of interest. There are also links to more blogs with lots of ideas. Good luck!

Facilities, Guidance, Tech

Do you want to present a psychology experiment on a computer?

Do you want to present images, text or video to participants, and measure their responses and reaction times accurately,  easily and automatically? If so you need to check out the Psychology lab’s SuperLab software, which is installed on the computers in the lab’s soundproof testing booths. We also have a number of response pads, which can be easily configured to allow participants to quickly and easily interact with your experiments.

You can create whatever experiments you desire. This page contains a number of pre-programmed experiments based on classic psychology papers relating to perception and attention, memory, perceptual representation, representation of meaning and reasoning. You’ll find the Stroop task, dichotic listening experiments (examining the “cocktail party effect”), experiments exploring episodic memory and many more, which can be used freely. We also have an Implicit Association Task you can use with your own stimuli.

If you are interested in running any of these pre-programmed experiments, creating your own experiment, or just having a look at what SuperLab entails please speak to the psychology technicians. If you would like to have a read about SuperLab and how easy it is to present an experiment, please take a look at the SuperLab manual.

Happy Experimenting!