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Principles of Experimental Psychology


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor and tutor: Ori Ossmy
  • Assessment: a 1.5-hour online test (50%) and 3500-word mini project report (50%)

Module description

This module is designed to build upon material covered in the Research Methods module. It will ensure that you are familiar with more advanced ANOVA, regression and factor analysis techniques, qualitative methods for analysing data and approaches to open science, and that you have an in-depth understanding of experimental methods. You will conduct a mini project in small groups and thereby gain significant practical experience at all stages of an experimental project from research design to data collection and analysis, to the final stages of presenting and writing up a manuscript. We will highlight the importance of critical thinking by asking you to think about the broader implications of research findings, to interpret results and to compare theoretical approaches.

Indicative module syllabus

  • Introduction and mixed ANOVA
  • Multiple and logistic regression
  • Factor analysis
  • Ethics and analysis plan
  • Gorilla
  • Qualitative methods 1 and 2
  • Presenting and writing experimental studies
  • Open Science and beyond NHST
  • Group project presentations

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • carry out an experimental project and write it up in the style of a journal article
  • understand the rationale underlying qualitative methods and qualitative methods of data analysis
  • apply statistical techniques by hand and use SPSS to analyse data with mixed ANOVA, multiple regression and factor analyses
  • understand the theoretical rationale behind different statistical techniques and what the findings mean.