Ever wanted to understand more about how the human brain works and why we make the decisions we do? This module will allow students to work alongside leading psychologists to design and conduct a research project, beginning with research questions and working through to data collection and analyses. Students will have access to state of the art bespoke laboratory facilities, including eye tracking, electrophysiology, and a virtual reality suite.
Students will be exposed to multiple experimental methodologies, developing skills applicable to quantitative and qualitative research, including motivation, initiative, defining the problem, designing the research, analysing the data, and reviewing after critique to produce a report. They will also get the chance to learn about a variety of research methods and different techniques which will allow them to examine fields such as language, memory, attention and action.
This module is seminar and lab based, providing students with a hands-on learning experience. There will be the chance to explore experimental design by looking at what makes a good design, identifying experimental problems, and ensuring that experiments adhere to ethical standards. At the end of the course, students will produce a conference-style poster to present their experiment designs and results.