Getting started with data analysis

If you’re a dissertation who is just about to get started working on their statistical analysis, you might find this page useful. The psychology technicians are very to answer queries you might have about stats, under the following conditions:

  • You have discussed your analysis plan with your supervisor.
  • You have worked through the analysis resources available on the L4 and L5 research methods module pages on My Studies.
  • You have worked trough all the resources below.
  • You have completed the analysis checklist located at the end of this page.

Provided these conditions are met, you can get in touch with us to arrange a meeting.

Online surveys: Preparing data for the analysis

Data obtained from the surveys will often be quite messy. We’re in the process of preparing a tutorial that will help you with you with the following tasks:

  • Downloading your Qualtrics data
  • Cleaning the dataset
  • Reverse scoring
  • Computing scores
  • Defining randomised conditions

We will upload this tutorial in December or early January. If you’d like help with working with your data in the meantime, please contact the lab.

Data form lab-based experiments

If you completed your experiment using a piece of equipment from the lab, your data will come in various shapes and sizes. If you’re not sure how to process the data you’ve collected, please get in touch with us and we’ll be able to advice you on the best approach to crunching down your data. Note that you will still need to complete the checklist below.

Data analysis checklist

When your data are squeaky clean and ready to be analysed, you will need to talk to your supervisor to agree on what kind of analysis you want to run. The Psych Lab can help you in figuring out how to carry out the agreed analyses, but not which analyses to carry out.

Before booking a meeting with the lab, you must know the answers to all of the questions on the checklist below:

Download data analysis checklist

We ask you to complete the checklist as this will ensure that we can help you the best we can when we meet to discuss your analysis. The Psychology Lab gets very busy throughout February – June, and we have limited amount of time to spend with each student. By completing the checklist, you’re ensuring that you’ll be getting the best support possible.

If you’re not sure about any of the items, we suggest that you have a chat with your supervisor first. If your supervisor advises you to talk to us instead, just mention this when booking a meeting with us. We’ll be happy to help.