Psychology 3100-200: (Advanced) Experimental Psychology
Fall 2016/Lectures are in Brackett 322|Labs are in Martin E305/Monday Wednesday Friday 12:20 PM to 1:10 PM/Psyc 3101-201 Wednesday 2:00 to 4:00 PM|Psyc 3101-202 Wednesday 4:00 to 6:00 PM
- Instructor: Robert L. Campbell
- Location: Brackett Hall 410A
- Office Hours: Tu Th 2:30 to 4:30 PM (and by appointment)
- Phone: (864) 656-4986
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web Site:http://www.robertlcampbell.com
- Teaching Assistant: Sarah Beadle
- Location: Brackett 420
- Office Hours: M 2:00 to 4:00 PM F 10:00 AM to 12:00 N (and by appointment)
- Phone: (864) 656-1144
- Email: email@example.com
The purpose of this course is to give you a thorough grounding in the empirical research techniques that we use in psychology. For historical reasons, we call this course "experimental" psychology, but we don't restrict ourselves to true experiments. Survey research, naturalistic observation, and quasi-experiments will also be covered. We'll also give some attention to non-empirical issues; deeper theoretical question in psychology often cannot be evaluated on the basis of empirical data alone. You will get a good deal of practice in writing about your studies—good, clear scientific writing is the goal, not just conformity to the stylistic norms of psychology journals—and in critical thinking about the claims that researchers make.
This is a tough, labor-intensive course. I don't have an attendance policy, because I don't think adults need one. It does not follow that skipping classes is a good idea. There is no textbook. All course materials will be presented in lecture and on Blackboard.
Course Attendance, Tests, and Grading
Regular attendance at class and lab and timely work on the written assignments are necessary for success in this course. You will be helping to conduct 3 laboratory studies and writing them up: you will be drafting the front sections of your final project (Introduction and Method); you will be preparing an application to submit to the Institutional Review Board; and you will producing a final report of the entire project. (In addition, if you can get us a draft of the Results and Discussion sections for comment a few days before you turn in your final paper, this is likely to be beneficial for you.) Written assignments that are late will have 5 points out of 100 deducted for each day past the due date. It's critical to stay on schedule when there is so much for you to do and for us to grade. If I haven't arrived—or Sarah hasn't arrived—within 15 minutes of the scheduled time for a class or lab to begin, you are free to leave. Instead of tests, there will be a daily quiz, consisting of 1 to 3 questions. (With three class days in most weeks, we will do "daily" quizzes two days out of three, on the average.) You may drop 6 daily quiz grades for any reason (including absences); the daily quiz average will be based on the remaining 21 or 22 quizzes. The volume rules out make-ups, and daily quizzes will not be returned to you; grades for the quizzes will be posted on Blackboard. The final project counts as our final exam.
Your grade will be determined on a contract basis. To receive a grade of A, B, C, or D in this class, you must turn in your IRB submission by the date specified in the schedule below. Each of the other assignments will then count toward your final grade as follows.
Your grade will be based on this formula
|Average of 21 or 22
|Study 1 writeup||7%|
|Study 2 writeup||7%|
|Study 3 writeup||12%|
|Final project introduction
|Final project method section||9%|
|Complete final project paper||25%|
Learning objectives for this course:
» Be able to identify what makes a hypothesis testable, and the difference between testing and proving.
» Be able recognize the differences between a typical problem of psychological measurement (e.g., measuring anxiety) and a typical problem of physical measurement (e.g., measuring weight).
» Identify the two key ethical principles in any kind of research with human participants, showing how they govern what kinds of studies should be done at all, and what kinds of procedures should be used.
» Become adopting at quoting, paraphrasing, and citing correctly from a variety of media sources, using APA style and its associated norms.
Laptop computers are helpful in this course, and are necessary to do the data analysis in our labs.
If you bring a laptop to the lectures, please use it for class-related purposes, such as taking notes and access course materials. If I notice that you are playing Solitaire on it, viewing Facebook or Instagram, or IMing, I may ask you not to bring it back to our next class.
We will be using the SPSS grad pack for statistical analysis. It runs on both Macs and Windows machines. The Psychology Department will provide licenses that are good through the end of August 2016; you will receive these around two weeks after the start of the semester. If you have a stat package already installed on your computer that you like, you are welcome to use it; however, our consulting ability is limited to SPSS, plus the other stat packages that we have recently used (such as SAS-JMP and SOFA).
Cheating means providing or accepting information on a quiz (quizzes are meant to be your individual work). Or not being the sole author of your writeups (we encourage you to discuss the writeups and your final project with others, but the actual writing on your lab writeups—and the actual data collection, analysis, and writing on your final project—must be yours alone). If you decide to cheat, we will take action against you according to University policy.
|Wed. August 17||Science, Empirical and Theoretical||-|
|Fri. August 19||Science, Empirical and Theoretical||-|
|Mon. August 22||Science, Empirical and Theoretical||Tuesday August 23 is the Last Day to Add a Class|
|Wed. August 24||Hypothesis Testing||-|
|Fri. August 26||Hypothesis Testing||-|
|Mon. August 29||Hypothesis Testing||-|
|Wed. August 31||Hypothesis Testing||Last Day to Drop without a W|
|Fri. September 2||Hypothesis Testing||-|
|Mon. September 5||NO CLASS||-|
|Wed. September 7||Getting Ideas for Research||-|
|Fri. September 9||Ethics 1 [Human Subjects]||-|
|Mon. September 12||Ethics 1 [Human Subjects]||-|
|Wed. September 14||Ethics 1 [Human Subjects]||-|
|Fri. September 16||Ethics 1 [Human Subjects]||-|
|Mon. September 19||Ethics 1 [Human Subjects]||-|
|Wed. September 21||Ethics 2 [IRBs]||Introduction and Reference section for Final Project Due|
|Fri. September 23||Ethics 2 [IRBs]||-|
|Mon. September 25||Ethics 2 [IRBs]||-|
|Wed. September 27||Ethics 2 [IRBs]||-|
|Fri. September 30||IRB Application Workshop 2||-|
|Mon. October 3||IRB Application Workshop 3||-|
|Wed. October 5||Ethics 3 [Reporting Data]||IRB Application due|
|Fri. October 7||Ethics 3 [Reporting Data]||-|
|Mon. October 10||Ethics 3 [Reporting Data]||-|
|Wed. October 12||Ethics 3 [Reporting Data]||-|
|Fri. October 14||Ethics 3 [Reporting Data]||-|
|Mon. October 17||Ethics 3 [Reporting Data]||Method section for Final Project due|
|Wed. October 19||Ethics 3 [Reporting Data]||-|
|Fri. October 21||Psychological Measurement||Last day to withdraw without a final grade|
|Mon. October 24||Psychological Measurement||-|
|Wed. October 26||Psychological Measurement||-|
|Fri. October 28||Psychological Measurement||-|
|Mon. October 31||Psychological Measurement||-|
|Wed. November 2||Psychological Measurement||-|
|Fri. November 4||Psychological Measurement||-|
|Mon. November 7 and Tue. November 8||FALL BREAK||-|
|Wed. November 9||Measurement and Operational Definitions||-|
|Fri. November 11||Measurement and Operational Definitions||-|
|Mon. November 14||Sampling||-|
|Wed. November 16||Sampling||-|
|Fri. November 18||Sampling||-|
|Mon. November 21||Confounds||-|
|Wed. November 23 through Fri. November 25||THANKSGIVING||-|
|Mon. November 28||Confounds||-|
|Wed. November 30||Single-IV Experiments: Between Groups||-|
|Fri. December 2||Single-IV Experiments: Between Groups||-|
|Tue. December 6 4:30 PM||-||FINAL PROJECT DUE|
You should bring your laptop to each lab. We put our data files together using Excel, which we also normally use to find means and standard deviations. For more advanced analysis, we are using the SPSS "grad pack," which runs on both Windows and Mac OS machines.
|Wed. August 17||Literature Searches Taught by Peg Tyler|
|Wed. August 24||Study 1|
|Wed. August 31||Installing SPSS|
Study 1 report due
|Wed. September 14||Study 3|
|Wed. September 21||Study 3|
| IRB Application Workshop 1
Study 2 report due
|Wed. October 5||Study 3|
|Wed. October 12||Study 3|
|Wed. October 19||Study 3|
|Wed. October 26||Final report workshop|
|Final report workshop
Study 3 report due
|Wed. November 9||Final report workshop|
|Wed. November 16||Final report workshop|
|Wed. November 23||THANKSGIVING: NO LAB|
|Wed. November 30||Final report workshop|