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54.) To determine how well people are complying with the posted speed limits, the State Highway Patrol
measured automobile speeds on a section of highway where the posted speed limit is 60mph. For a
sample of n=100 cars during daylight hours and good weather conditions, they obtained an average
speed of x̄ = 62mph with SS=2475.
• Make a 95% confidence interval around the sample mean
• Does the confidence interval indicate people were speeding and how can you tell?
55.) Achievement test scores are declining all around us," brooded Professor Probity. "Here are my final
exam scores for last year and this year on the same exam." What did Professor Probity discover?
This Year Last Year
29 27
27 28
26 25
22 24
19 22
15 20
14 18
10 16
10 12
Ss1=425.15 ss2=226.42
Indicate:
a. a statement of your hypotheses in words
b. the t-value you compute
c. your decision regarding H0 and why, and
d. Results of homogeneity of variance test and effect size, if appropriate
e. an APA conclusion based on your results
56.) In a group of beginning first graders, a psychologist first formed six matched pairs of children based
on their reading readiness scores. One member of each pair was randomly assigned to a reading class,
the other to a whole-word class. After 3 weeks of reading instruction, all the children were tested to see
how many of a list of 20 new words they could read. The SPSS output is below. Decide whether to reject
H0, make an APA conclusion, and tell me what test was used.
57.) A newspaper article reported that the typical American family spent an average of $81 for
Halloween candy and costumes last year. A sample of n=16 families this year produced a mean of $90
with SS = 6000. Do these data indicate a statistically significant increase in spending? Use α=.05
Indicate:
a. H0 and H1 in words OR symbols
b. the t-value you compute
c. your decision regarding H0, and
d. Results of homogeneity of variance test and effect size, if appropriate
e. your APA conclusion based on the results
58.) In a classic study of problem solving, Duncker (1945) asked subjects to mount a candle on a wall in
an upright position so that it would burn normally. One group of subjects was given a candle, a book of
matches, and a box of tacks. A second group was given the same items, except the tacks and the box
were presented separately as two distinct items. The solution to this problem involves using the tacks to
mount the box on the wall, which creates a shelf for the candle. Duncker reasoned that the first group
would have trouble seeing a “new” function for the box (a shelf) because it was already serving a
function (holding tacks). For each subject, the amount of time to solve the problem was recorded. The
data are as follows:
Box of tacks Tacks and box separate
128 42
160 24
113 68
101 35
94 47
SS = 2746.8 SS = 1066.8
Did subjects who were presented the box and tacks separately take significantly less time to solve the
problem? Use α=.05.
Indicate:
a. a statement of your hypotheses in words OR symbols
b. the t-value you compute
c. your decision regarding H0 and why, and
d. Results of homogeneity of variance test and effect size, if appropriate
e. an APA conclusion based on your results
59.) A researcher for a cereal company wanted to demonstrate the health benefits of eating oatmeal. A
sample of 9 volunteers was obtained and each subject ate a fixed diet without any oatmeal for 30 days.
At the end of the 30-day period, cholesterol was measured for each individual. Then the subjects began
a second 30-day period in which they repeated exactly the same diet except for 2 cups of oatmeal each
day. After the second 30-day period, cholesterol levels were measured again. The scores for the 9
subjects were as follows:
Subject A. B. C. D. E F G H I
1st score. 145 187 130 155 152 112 120 208 167
2ns score. 145 185 119 140 140 115 111 199 159
Difference. 0 -2 -11 -15 -12 +3 -9 -9 -8
SS=288
Are these data sufficient to demonstrate a significant change in cholesterol level after 30 days with an
oatmeal diet? Use α=.05.
Indicate:
a. the hypotheses in words
b. the statistical hypotheses
c. t-test, your decision regarding H0, and your conclusion
Problem Section—Analyses Using SPSS (60 points)
Please use SPSS to compute the test statistic for the following problems. For those questions, please
turn in the SPSS output. You can copy and paste the relevant portions of the SPSS output into a Word
document, and write your answers to the questions I want you to address for each question below, and
then paste it into the area beneath the question.
For each question, you must do the following:
1. Perform the appropriate analysis
2. State the null and alternative hypotheses, and
3. Make a decision regarding the null hypothesis and write a statement interpreting your statistical
results with regard to the aims of the experiment and as you would write it up in a report,
including the statistical evidence to back it up.
4. Also, wherever appropriate, test for the effect size and homogeneity of variance. Write up the
results of your findings as you would in a report, using the statistical findings as your evidence.
60.) A friend of yours has been ‘playing’ the stock market. He claims that he has spent years doing
research in this area and has devised an empirically successful method for investing. Before you give him
money, you evaluate his method. He agrees to a ‘dry run’ during which he will use his method, but
instead of actually buying and selling, you just monitor the stocks he recommends to see whether his
method really works. During the trial time period, the recommended stocks showed the following price
changes (a plus score indicating an increase in price and a minus indicates decrease): (10 points)
Stock Price Change ($)
A +4.52
B +5.15
C +3.28
D +4.75
E +6.03
F +4.09
G +3.82
During the same time period, the average price change of the stock market as a whole was +$3.25.
Evaluate whether his method does better or worse than chance.
61.) One study undertook the effect of parent’s presence on kindergarten-readiness scores of 5-year-old
children. The study involved 10 pairs of children matched on the basis of physical maturity (size, weight,
physical skills). One child in each pair took a kindergarten-readiness test with a parent present, and the
other was tested without a parent. Higher scores indicate greater readiness. What do you conclude?
Pair Parent Present Parent Absent
1 28 25
2 19 22
3 22 22
4 24 25
5 23 25
6 34 26
7 20 16
8 19 21
9 23 18
10 24 24
62.) A psychologist believes that the lateral hypothalamus is involved in eating behavior. If so, then
electrical stimulation of that area might affect the amount eaten. To test this, 11 rats are implanted with
chronically indwelling electrodes. Each rat has two electrodes, one implanted in the lateral
hypothalamus and the other in an area where electrical stimulation is known to have no effect. After the
animals have recovered from surgery, they each receive 30 minutes of electrical stimulation to each
brain area, and the amount of food eaten during the stimulation is measured. The amount of food in
grams that was eaten during stimulation is shown below. What do you conclude? (10 points)
Lateral Hypothalamus Neutral Area
10 6
18 8
16 11
22 14
14 10
25 20
17 10
22 18
12 14
21 13
21 13
63.) Hoaglin, Mosteller, and Tukey (1981) present data on blood levels of beta-endorphins as a function
of stress. They took beta-endorphin levels for 19 patients 12 hours before surgery, and again 10 minutes
before surgery. The data are presented below, in fmol/ml.
ID 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
12 hrs 10.0 6.5 8.0 12.0 5.0 11.5 5.0 3.5 7.5 5.8
10min 6.5 14.0 13.5 18.0 14.5 9.0 18.0 42.0 7.5 6.0
ID 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
12 hrs 4.7 8.0 7.0 17.0 8.8 17.0 15.0 4.4 2.0
10min 25.0 12.0 52.0 20.0 16.0 15.0 11.5 2.5 2.0
What do you conclude?
64.) In one of my studies, we tested whether people could estimate accurately when the apex, or
highest point a baseball physically reaches in the air, occurs. We predicted that as the landing
destination of baseballs approached the observers, they would estimate the apex occurs later than
actual. Below is a small sample of our data. Each data point represents one observers’ deviation score
for one baseball trajectory, given as: Observers’ estimate – frame when apex actually occurred in time
(in terms of 1/30th of a second video frames). What can you conclude?
19.00 19.00 12.00 3.00 16.00 5.00
21.00 11.00 16.00 48.00 15.00 26.00
38.00 30.00 -19.00 33.00 16.00 9.00
16.00 55.00 8.00 24.00 68.00 20.00
24.00 22.00 8.00 20.00 44.00 30.00
26.00 20.00 14.00 22.00 38.00 -1.00
59.00 26.00 22.00 22.00 42.00 3.00
52.00 60.00 7.00 1.00 48.00 20.00
44.00 78.00 40.00 24.00 51.00 19.00
65.) A social psychologist hypothesizes that creation of cognitive dissonance will increase group
cohesiveness in discussion groups. Sixteen students are randomly divided into two discussion groups of
8 students each. Dissonance is produced in one but not the other. Afterward the students fill out a
questionnaire designed to measure the degree of group cohesiveness. Higher scores = greater
cohesiveness. Here are the results:
Group Cohesiveness Scores
Dissonance Group Nondissonance Group
3 3
8 6
6 4
7 3
5 5
6 2
7 6
6 4
Did dissonance significantly increase group cohesiveness?
Problem Section—Analyses Using SPSS (60 points)
Stock Price Change ($)

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