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Workshops at SPSP 2018

Applications for the Workshops Series at the 2018 SPSP Annual Convention are open. This year’s program offers 8 Workshops (7 of which are accepting applicants). This popular session format, designed last year, provides an in-depth learning experience of practical knowledge and skills for a variety of audiences. To allow for an optimal learning environment, space is limited at workshops, and an application to attend is required. Applicants must first be registered to attend the convention before applying. View the complete list of Workshops below and apply for one that interests you! Applications will remain open until space no longer remains, and decisions on selected participants will be sent in late January.

All workshops are held in the meeting rooms at the Marriott Marquis (MM).

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Friday, March 2 – 2:15 – 5:15 PM
Room: (MM) A601
Speaker: David Johnson, Michigan State Univ.

This workshop provides a primer on the drift diffusion model. It will cover the theory by which the drift diffusion model translates decision and response time data into cognitive processes. We will walkthrough how to estimate the model hierarchically and interpret results using the free software R and JAGS. Laptops are strongly encouraged.

Saturday, March 3 – 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: (MM) A601
Speakers: Robert Ackerman, Univ. of Texas at Dallas; Deborah Kashy, Michigan State Univ.

This workshop provides an introduction to Dyadic Growth-Curve Models and Cross-Lagged dyadic models within the Actor-Partner Interdependence Model context (Kenny, Kashy, & Cook, 2006). Students will learn basic features of longitudinal dyadic data and how to estimate and interpret the results of these models using Multilevel Modeling.

Saturday, March 3 – 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: (MM) A602
Speaker: Joe Hoover, Univ. of Southern California

Social scientists have been increasingly interested, of late, in the geographic distribution of psychological phenomena. However, analyzing spatial data requires training that is not available in psychology departments. Through short lectures and small-group lab sessions, this workshop will provide attendees with a pragmatic, application focused introduction geo-spatial modeling in RStudio.

Saturday, March 3 – 12:45 – 3:15 PM
Room: (MM) A601
Speaker: Ivan Hernandez, DePaul Univ.

The workshop will demonstrate a simple process for collecting data from the internet to facilitate research. Attendees will learn how to read a web page's source code, extract specific content from that page using R, save the information, and automate the process. Real-world problems will be presented to apply the lessons to, and attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop with RStudio installed.

Saturday, March 3 – 2:15 – 5:45 PM
Room: (MM) A705
Speaker: Sean Murphy, The Univ. of Melbourne

This workshop will deliver a hands-on introduction to the statistical software package R, aimed at those with little to no prior experience. You’ll work through examples that will demonstrate how to clean, visualize, and analyze your data in R. You’ll also be shown some of the many ways that using R can make your research process easier, more efficient and more reproducible.

Saturday, March 3 – 3:45 – 6:15 PM
Room: (MM) A602
Speakers: Andrew Hayes & Amanda Montoya, Ohio State Univ.

PROCESS is a widely-used macro available for SPSS and SAS that greatly simplifies the analysis of mediation, moderation, and conditional process models.  This workshop provides a tutorial on the use of new features available in version 3 of PROCESS, including commands for constructing custom models, editing existing preprogrammed models, as well as various undocumented tricks and hacks.

Saturday, March 3 – 3:45 – 6:45 PM
Room: (MM) A601
Speaker: Amie Gordon, UCSF

Multilevel Modeling (MLM) workshop for researchers who have been exposed to it through a prior class or workshop but still have lots of questions. Topics include: Identifying if MLM is necessary for your data, figuring out the nested structure of your data (including cross-classified models), random effects, centering, mediation, moderation, lagged analysis, growth curve modeling.


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Friday, March 2 – 12:45 – 4:45 PM
Room: (MM) A602
SPSP has partnered with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to offer a science communication skills workshop for social personality psychologists at all career stages during the 2018 convention in Atlanta. The workshop format allows for collaborative learning through small-group discussion, facilitator presentations, attendee exercises, and individualized coaching.


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