Bringing It All Together

With the end of summer came the end of  running participants and data analysis. Now that it is over, it is time to bring the whole research together and prepare a presentation for the end of September. This means reading various literature on previous findings and long hours spent in lab working with the professor.

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A Social Psychology Lab Rendezvous

Today, we had our first all-members lab meeting. It’s the first time we have all been in the same room at the same time. It was an interesting feeling–knowing that we have been working on various aspects of the same projects but not really seeing each other throughout the summer.

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Matching Variables

My research experience thus far has been mainly analyzing data. To do so, I have used both Excel and SPSS. I am more comfortable with SPSS because that is what I worked with last semester. However, there were many data saved on Excel and so I had to learn to use that also. They have been two completely separate things for me.

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Technical Difficulties

I went to the lab on Monday to begin working on a new set of data analysis. I had two SPSS files up and running. I was making a lot of progress and saving the information as I went along (a lesson I learned the hard way). However, I realize my information was not saving. By now I had been working a good three hours on the files. I exited the files and when I went to reopen them, they wouldn’t open at all. Apparently, the entire WM network was not working. It had shut down and wouldn’t let me access the lab folder. I had to map the network all over again. But that wasn’t working either because the network was still down. After waiting an hour, I called the IT department to see if they can help me reconnect. They said to wait longer. ¬†After waiting another hour, I gave up and left the lab.

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Research thus far has been more than I expected.

As soon as I began, I was taught how to use Excel. For as long as I have used Microsoft, I never used Excel. My first assignment on Excel was to clean reaction time data, a very tedious task . It took me about two weeks to fully be comfortable using the program. I had so many questions that I was asking my professor or the graduate students working in the lab all the time. I made enough mistakes to have to start over a few times. That was an alarming situation for me because I had heard how far a simple mistake can set studies back. Being unnerved by that, I was moving at a very slow pace on that assignment.

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