NS5116: Investigating Human Experience Through Technology

NS5116: Investigating Human Experience Through Technology

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Module Title Investigating Human Experience Through Technology
Module Code NS5116
Module Tutor Steven Baker
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 5
Brief Description

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.

Indicative Syllabus

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?

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of experimental design, and how specific technologies may be embedded effectively within these designs.
  2. Demonstrate how technology can enhance understanding of psychological phenomena.
  3. Evaluate each technology in regard to their advantages and disadvantages.
  4. Be able to demonstrate proficiency and understanding of the technology used throughout the module
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 24
Independent Learning Hours: 126
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Assignment: Individual: 2000 words
Special Assessment Requirements None
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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