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The open source statistical software R has a range of contributed packages. Some of them include datasets.

I teach research methods in psychology and I'm looking for interesting real-world dataset to use as the basis for tutorials. I've found a few in contributed R packages (e.g., AER, psych), but I'm not aware of a general resource listing R packages that supply multiple interesting, real-world, psychological datasets. In particular, some textbooks have an aligned R package containing many interesting datasets.

  • What R packages include multiple interesting, real-world, psychological datasets?
  • For any package identified, it would be good to have a sense of the kinds of datasets contained
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    $\begingroup$ I'd check the open data section of stackexchange. $\endgroup$ – user3433 Aug 23 '13 at 2:02
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Some extremely large personality data sets can be downloaded at http://personality-testing.info/_rawdata/ in CSV format.

They are not packaged in R, but I post the link because you indicate in your reply to USER:what that you are having trouble finding any data sets what so ever.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. They look like they'll be useful for a factor analysis / psychometrics lab I need to give. $\endgroup$ – Jeromy Anglim Aug 22 '13 at 12:17
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680 datasets that were originally distributed alongside R and some of its add-on packages are collected on GitHub. An index lists the datasets and the packages they came from.

If you just want datasets and don't mind that they were not part of any R package, then there are many available for free on the web. For example, Quandl lists over 7 million datasets. Google turns up many other collections.

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    $\begingroup$ awesome. I hadn't seen that github resource before. That said, I often have trouble finding authentic and realistic psychological datasets on the web, as opposed to toy-example datasets. $\endgroup$ – Jeromy Anglim Aug 22 '13 at 7:07
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    $\begingroup$ I think it should be made a requirement to publish the datasets with a journal article (at least if the research was publicly financed). $\endgroup$ – user3116 Aug 22 '13 at 7:28
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The languageR package contains several interesting real-world datasets relevant to psycholinguistics. These datasets are presumably also described in the accompanying textbook.

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Another good set of psychological datasets can be found on the website of the European Journal of Psychological Assessment:

https://us.hogrefe.com/products/journals/ejpa/special-features

There are datasets aligned with over 20 studies often in the area of psychological tests.

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