The KSU Psychology Lab is a resource center for students enrolled in psychology courses. The lab has 10 computers: available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students can use their KSU student ID or a K-Cash card to print while in the lab.
For course assignments, students may seek assistance with questions relating to APA style, research and experimental designs, statistical and data analyses, article searches, SPSS, and GRE practice software. Papers will not be reviewed for APA style; however, students may come to the lab with specific APA-style questions. For assistance with the writing process (e.g., rhetoric, organization, grammar, punctuation), students should consider scheduling an appointment with the KSU Writing Center. Assignment details are the students’ responsibility! Each class has unique requirements. Lab employees cannot be responsible for the content of assignments.
Student Guidelines for Psychology Lab Services
The Psychology Lab is available only for students enrolled in PSYC courses. Other students may use the open computer lab on the 3rd floor of the Social Sciences building, the 4th floor of the Burruss Building, the Mac Lab in the Visual Arts Building, or any appropriate computer lab for their major (e.g., foreign language lab). Due to the limited number of computers, if you are not working on an assignment, you may be asked to make space for other students in the event that all computers are occupied. Please be considerate when working in a group—the open lab on the 3rd floor provides more space than is available in the Psych Lab. Although you are permitted to talk about your work in the Psych Lab, please be respectful of others who are working by maintaining a low volume.
The Lab Coordinator and Student Assistant are sometimes involved in scheduled meetings with students. This is particularly likely to occur during advising periods. Any time that we are not already meeting with another student, we will be glad to entertain your questions.
Assistance Policies (Statistics and Research Methods)
We are here to help you understand difficult concepts by showing you how to arrive at the correct answer, not to provide the correct answer. Thus, we will assist with statistics assignments only if you have made a good faith effort to complete the assignment prior to seeking assistance. It is unethical for us to help you complete your assignments by providing answers. You must present your own written attempts of statistics problems so that we may identify your mistakes.
Rules of Conduct while in the Psychology Lab
- This is a lab for the psychology department, not an open "APA lab." Only psychology majors and students currently enrolled in psychology courses are permitted to use the resources of the lab.
- For the safety of the computers, please finish your food and drink before coming here to work, or leave them at the door. Only bottles with spill-proof, screw-top caps on them are permitted at your desk to prevent spilling.
- The lab is a shared work space. Please respect others by keeping conversations to a minimum and restricting cell phone use to the hall. Put your phone on silent before entering the lab, and do not answer it unless you walk outside to the hall.
- No books, binders, or other lab materials may be removed from the lab at any time.
- Please respect lab employees' schedules by leaving the lab at the time posted on the door or at the request of the lab staff. Failure to do so may result in the loss of lab privileges. Computers will be turned off 5 minutes prior to the lab closing time.
- Posted lab hours may occasionally change due to extenuating circumstances. If you make a special trip to campus to use the lab, please call before coming (470-578-2226).
Thank you in advance for your respectful, professional conduct, and I look forward to working with you to help you learn about behavioral science.
Click here for a step-by-step PowerPoint on "Getting Started in APA Style" (use Firefox or Safari, not Explorer, to save this file).
Click here for a handout listing only the major changes in the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual.
The Psychology Lab Coordinator can answer any general questions regarding MS Office applications (Word, Excel, and Power Point), SPSS, and APA format for research reports and proposals. The documents below were created to assist students who are learning APA style.
If you do not have Office 2007 or 2010, you can download a free compatibility pack by clicking here. There are great discounts for students who want to upgrade to Windows 7 operating system or Office 2010 on their personal computer.
To view video tutorials, click on the links provided in the table below. If it does not play in Explorer, try using Firefox or Safari. You may need an update for your Adobe Flash Player, so pay attention to the top of your browser window in case it asks you to run an add-on to view it. If the video will not play from your browser, try clicking the YouTube link instead.
If the video is too large for your screen, you can zoom out by holding CTRL and pressing the minus (-) sign (or hyphen) until you reach an appropriate size. Likewise, you can zoom in by holding CTRL and pressing the plus (+) sign (or CTRL, Shift, and the equals sign).
When viewing the video, let your mouse cursor hover over the screen, and a menu will appear on the left. Click on the chapters to jump directly to a certain point in the tutorial. Subtitles are available for the hearing impaired and anyone who does not have speakers or headphones. They are on automatically, but they can obscure the video, so it is recommended to use sound if possible so that you can see everything on the screen. Turn closed captions off by hovering the mouse cursor over the video, and when the menu appears, click on the CC button toward the bottom right of the video. (Although closed captions are available on the YouTube videos, the menu options are not.)
Using APA Style in MS Word
If you have never used Word 2007 or 2010, Microsoft has provided an interactive tutorial which allows you to click on a menu option in Word 2003, and immediately see a video highlighting where to find the same menu options in Word 2007. (Word 2010 has the same layout as Word 2007, so there should be little trouble making that transition.)
Windows 7 or XP Macintosh OS X
Using SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences)
These videos are not intended to teach you how to calculate, comprehend, or interpret statistics. These videos are merely a tool to introduce you to the basic SPSS procedures you need to be familiar with to succeed in PSYC 2300 and 3301. You can learn how to conduct analyses with these videos, and there is another video in the above section to learn how to report the results in APA style.
You will get the most out of these videos if you have the programs open so that you can frequently pause the video, repeat the procedures yourself, and replay the segments as needed. This is the best way to remember what you watch in the tutorials. Each video has chapters so that you can jump to particular topics as needed.