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PSYCHOLOGY 315, Winter 2018, Practice LAB TEST II

03 Apr

PSYCHOLOGY 315, Winter 2018, Practice LAB TEST II

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Name                                                                                                        Student Number

Please note. You are not permitted to use worksheets developed in previous labs. All work must be done in the Excel workbook that you download from Moodle.

Answer all questions in this test in the space provided. Please give all numerical answers to exactly five (5) decimal places. Marks will be deducted if your answers have more or fewer than five (5) decimal places.

Part A. (6 Marks) An experimenter would like to test the effects of sleep deprivation on maze learning in lab rats. It is known that without sleep deprivation, rats take µ = 10 trials on average to learn a maze with σ = 3.423. Previous work suggests that sleep deprivation will lead to longer maze solving times, and the improvement is associated with an effect size of 0.135. The experimenter would like to conduct a one-tailed z test with α = .05. How many participants, rounded up, would be required to achieve power = .95. Show the following quantities for the required sample size.

  1. β __________.05____________ [1 marks]
  2. δ __________.135____________ [1 marks]
  3. n __________593 ± 2____________ [4 marks]

 

Part B. (12 Marks) The data for Part B are found in the Sheet 1 of the Lab Test 2 workbook under the heading

Part B Data. These data represent final grades on a Neurobiology exam written on the last day of the final exam period.

 

  1. Calculate the 75% and the 95% confidence intervals around the mean of these grades.

 

 

  1. 75% CI = _____________ [53.55331, 55.94192] ___________________ [2 marks]

 

  1. 95% CI = ____________ [52.70660, 56.78864] _________ [2 marks]

 

 

  1. It is known that when the exam is written on the first day of exams the average grade is μ0 = 57.093. A researcher wonders whether it makes a difference if the final exam is written on the first or last day of the exam period. State H0 and H1 in symbols.

 

 

  1. H0 ________ H0: μ1 = μ0 or   μ1 – μ0 = 0  ______________ [1 mark]

 

  1. H1 ________ H1: μ1 ≠ μ0 or   μ1 – μ0 ≠ 0   ______________ [1 mark]

 

 

  1. Based on the confidence interval calculated in 1.b, and assuming α = .05, explain why we should we retain or reject the null hypothesis. [2 marks]

 

The 95% CI computed in 1.b does not capture μ0 so we can reject H0.

 

  1. Calculate the estimated effect size from the mean of this sample (m) and the population mean (μ0), and calculate the approximate 95% confidence interval around this estimate.

 

 

  1. Estimated effect size = ________ -0.156324 [2 marks]

 

 

  1. 95% confidence interval = _________ [-0.29241, -0.02024] [2 marks]

Part C. (6 Marks)

  1. 1. [2 marks] If 12% of a t-distribution lies outside the interval ±t when n = 21, what is t? t = ______ 62415 _______
  2. [2 marks] What proportion of a t-distribution lies below 2.18, when sample size is 81? p = _____ 0.98390 ______
  3. [2 marks] If 24.5% of a t-distribution with 81 df lies within the interval ±t, what is t? t = ______ 0.31311 _______

 

 

Part D. (11 Marks) Bargh, Chen, and Burrows (1996) predicted that exposure to words associated with old age and fragility would have a subconscious effect on people and cause them to walk more slowly than the average walking speed. The average person walks μ0 = 3.45323 km/h. In their experiment, Bargh et al. brought 42 participants to a research lab and asked them to solve word problems. The group of participants solved problems involving words such as old, bingo, and Florida. Unknown to the participants, the researchers measured their walking speeds when they left the research lab. The dependent variable was walking speed, measured in kilometers per hour. The results of this study can be found in the Sheet 1 of the Lab Test 2 workbook under the heading Part D Data.

  1. State H0 and  H1 in symbols
    1. H0 ______ μ1 = μ0 or   μ1 – μ0 = 0 ______ [1 mark]
    2. H1 ______ μ1 ˂ μ0 or   μ1 – μ0 ˂ 0 ______ [1 mark]
  2. Determine the critical value of the t-statistic required to reject H0 , assuming α = .01.___ -2.42080___ [1 mark]
  3. Show the formula for the statistic you will use to test H0: ___________ tobs = (m – μ0)/sm ___________ [1 mark]
  4. Use the formula from part 3 to compute the statistic. ___________ -11.77526 ___________ [2 marks]
  5. Should you retain or reject H0 ?! _________ REJECT!!! tobs is ˂ tcritical ___________ [1 mark]
  6. Calculate the estimated effect size of the difference between the sample mean and the population mean, and calculate the approximate 95% confidence interval around this estimate.
    1. Estimated effect size _________ -1.81696 _________ [2 marks]
    2. 95% confidence interval = _________ [-2.31308, -1.32085] _________ [2 marks]
 
 

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