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The module will provide an overview of methodological approaches to studying human behaviour through technology. The module will draw on relevant background theory and research in cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and experimental social psychology in order to provide context for this review.
The psychology department has access to a number of state of the art technologies, including Virtual Reality headsets, Dense-array Electroencephalography (EEG), hardware capable of measuring an array of physiological responses (e.g., heart rate, electrodermal activity, respiration), and eye tracking among others. The focus of the module is to provide hands-on laboratory experience with these technologies, and of their use in the scientific exploration of human behaviour.
The module will consist of lectures and practical workshops covering background theory and the application of the scientific method and technology in psychology, with a particular emphasis on the practical nature of the module. The following topics will be addressed:
Using the scientific method to study psychology
Experimental design and analysis including hands on experience with e-prime (experiment design software)
Mind and Body – using physiological changes as evidence of psychological processes (e.g., emotional arousal).
Measuring the mind ‘online’ – Using EEG to measure brain activity.
Virtual Reality – overcoming ecological validity?
A student passing this module should be able to:
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