The KSU Psychology Lab is a resource center for all psychology majors. The lab is located on the Kennesaw Campus in the Social Sciences Building on the fourth floor, in Room 4026. It has 11 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.
The Psychology Lab is not a tutoring center. The Lab Coordinator and Student Assistant(s) cannot and will not work through an assignment with or for you. Students may come to the lab with specific questions relating to APA-style, research and experimental design, statistical and data analyses, article searches, SPSS, and PSYC 1101. The Lab Coordinator and Student Assistant(s) are available to answer questions but cannot provide supplemental tutoring on these subjects.
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 psychology majors. 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 Psychology Lab. Although you are permitted to talk about your work in the Psychology Lab, please be respectful of others who are working by maintaining a low volume.
The Lab Coordinator and Student Assistant(s) are sometimes involved in scheduled meetings with students. This is particularly likely to occur during Fall and Spring semesters. Any time that we are not already meeting with another student, we will be glad to address any questions that you have. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with a Student Assistant, please email the Psychology Lab Coordinator, Nicole Wilcox (email@example.com).
Upon receipt of your question, the Lab Coordinator and/or Student Assistant(s) will request that you pull up any and all notes and assignment content that you have. You will be instructed to look through all notes prior to being provided assistance with your questions.
At times, 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.
Neither the Lab Coordinator nor any Student Assistant(s) may print any documents for you. Please come to the lab ready to print from your personal KSU Student ID card.
Rules of Conduct in the Psychology Lab
This is a lab for the Department of Psychological Science, not an open “APA lab.” Only psychology majors 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.
The lab is a shared work space. Please respect others by keeping conversations to a minimum and restricting cell phone use to the hallway. Put your phone on silent before entering the lab, and do not answer it unless you take the call outside of the lab.
No books, binders, or other lab materials may be removed from the lab without the consent of the Lab Coordinator. 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 shut down 5 minutes prior to the lab closing time.
Posted lab hours may occasionally change due to extenuating circumstances. If you have plans to 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. We look forward to working with you!
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.
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Using APA Style in MS Word
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.