The course comprises a lecture, an exercise and an experimental laboratory course on the ‘experimental methodologies’ in the field of psychology. Within the lecture, knowledge about experimental research methods in the field of psychology is imparted. In doing so every step of an empirical-experimental research paper gets reviewed, viz. the generation of hypotheses, the planning and conduction of an experiment, the data evaluation as well as the interpretation and communication of scientific results.
During the exercise the lecture’s contents will be deepened and practical capabilities regarding the psychological research process will be practiced. During the experimental laboratory course students familiarize themselves with a research topic and design a study, which they conduct, analyze and scientifically communicate in the role of an examiner.
Foundations of empirical-psychological research, ethics in the field of psychology, experimental methodologies, hypotheses, experimental designs, techniques of experimental control, conduction of experiments, data analysis, data interpretation, scientific communication.
Students gain fundamental knowledge about experimental research methods relevant in the field of psychology and about the competence of reflectance in a scientific context. They are able to apply empirical and experimental research methods and therefore possess the necessary requirements to read and evaluate specialist publications and to independently design, conduct, analyze and communicate experiments.
- Bortz, J. & Döring, N. (2006). Forschungsmethoden und Evaluation für Human- und Sozialwissenschaftler (4. Aufl.). Berlin: Springer.
- Reiß, S. & Sarris, V. (2012). Experimentelle Psychologie. München: Pearson.