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Research Methods in Psychology (205-0-20)


Alissa Levy Chung

Meeting Info

Technological Institute LG68: Mon, Wed 9:30AM - 10:50AM

Overview of class

This course will introduce students to methods used in psychological research. Through readings, lectures, discussion, and hands-on activities, students will learn about the scientific approach to research designs and about the analysis and interpretation of data. They will participate in novel research projects and will write a report on each in the style used by research psychologists. Primary goals are for students to learn (1) testing scientific hypotheses, including data collection and statistical analysis, (2) communicating effectively about research plans and findings, and (3) critically evaluating psychological research reports.

Teaching Method

The course will be taught in person using a combination of lectures, group work, in class projects, and in class demonstrations.

Evaluation Method

Evaluation is based on completion of 3 APA style research reports, 1 group presentation, and 4 short (1-2 page) reflection papers. The research reports build over the quarter, with the final paper being a complete APA style research paper based on a group designed original research project.

Class Materials (Required)

Textbook: Gorvine, B., Rosengren, K, Stein, L., & Biolsi, K. (2017). Research methods: From theory to practice. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0-19-020182-1.

Additional readings to be found on Canvas

Class Attributes

Prerequisites apply, see description

Enrollment Requirements

Enrollment Requirements: REQ: To register, students must have completed PSYCH 201 with a C- or higher, STAT 202 with a B or higher, Stat 210 with a B or higher, or have AP credit (score of 5) for STAT 202.