MRes Psychology / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
Course unit details:
Advanced Research Methods in Experimental Psychology
|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|
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).
- 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.
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.
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).
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||3|
|Independent study hours|
|Warren Mansell||Unit coordinator|