COGS 536 Research Methods Fall 2013

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Welcome to COGS 536

Welcome to COGS 536 Research Methods & Statistics for Cognitive Science. This course will go over basic statistical methods that you will very likely to use in your thesis work. We will go over the basic logic underlying each test and apply them on data sets by using SPSS. In addition to mastering each analysis technique and learning when they would be applicable, we will also go over how you should communicate your results in scholarly publications. Please check the course overview below for more information.

COGS 536 Course Overview Fall 2013 - This page provides general information about the course.

Lecture Notes, Readings

  • All lecture notes and pdf copies of readings will be available at a shared folder at dropbox. Please email the instructor to request an invitation. Please go to to register for an account if you don't have one. You don't need to install the desktop version of Dropbox, you can use the web interface to download the course materials.
  • Important note: Please do not delete or move files from the shared folder. Please also be careful if you are using the desktop version. Since dropbox is a file sharing software deleting or moving a file from your local dropbox folder will delete those files from everyone else's folder! You should make a copy of each file at a separate folder while you are using the dekstop version.


Group homework assignments will be announced in this section.
[Homework 1] is ready. Please check the dropbox folder for instructions, the data file and the guidelines for group activities in VMT.

Questions? Comments? Issues about this course?

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I do not know whether you find it handy or not but it might happen that your (or your friend's) computer runs in a language other than English and which is supported by spss (Chinese, French, Russian and so on) and all of the output (tables, graphs) and interface appears in that language. It seems that it is possible to fix it by clicking Edit - Options, and change the language of the output and/or interface to English. Later you have to restart your computer and/or spss. Also you may find it interesting to alter some other parameters under the 'Options'. Nat mlnk (talk) 05:30, 30 October 2013 (EDT)

Online Resources

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