MRes Psychology / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Advanced Research Methods in Experimental Psychology

Unit code BIOL63121
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by School of Biological Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

Psychology is an ever-evolving discipline and it is constantly challenged to question its assumptions regarding research methods owing to difficulties in replication and a heightened scrutiny within academic environments. This unit keeps pace with such advances by describing the rationale, designs and techniques for an array of advanced research methods.  It includes:

-       Advanced reaction time methods

-       Surveys and questionnaires

-       Signal detection methods

-       Eye tracking method

-       Cognitive neuroscience methods (fMRI/EEG/TMS)

-       Neuropsychological assessment techniques

-       Experimental programming

-       Emerging cross-disciplinary methods (e.g., mobile EEG, Virtual Reality and Machine Learning).

Aims

-       To give students a critical awareness of advanced research methods in experimental psychology

-       To equip students with the ability to assess the advantages and limitations of each method and employ methods appropriate to their dissertation research.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course unit, students will be able to:

-       Understand the design and analysis of reaction times,

-       Understand the design and analysis of psychometric measures in surveys and questionnaires,

-       Design experiments using the signal detection theories, and appreciate the technical, methodological and analytical issues that may arise.

-       Design experiments requiring the use of eye tracking methodologies, and appreciate the technical, methodological and analytical issues that may arise.

-       Design experiments requiring the use of cognitive neuroscience methodologies, and appreciate the technical, methodological and analytical issues that may arise.

-       Build a range of psychological experiments using open-source presentation software OpenSesame.

-       Be inspired by advances in technology and appreciate the possibilities they offer to further research in psychological sciences.

 

Syllabus

Semester 2, weekly. 12 two-hour classes delivered via seminars and demonstrations covering methods including observation and psychometric measurement.

Teaching and learning methods

Semester 1, weekly 2-hour seminars or workshops, providing an explanation of each research method and practical training (experimental programming).

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

Feedback methods

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Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 3
Lectures 24
Independent study hours
Independent study 123

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Warren Mansell Unit coordinator

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