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James W. Pennebaker, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Fall 2004

PSY 458 • Experimental Psychology-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42665 MWF
10:00 AM-12:00 PM
SEA 2.108
BURNHAM

Course Description

Experimental psychology is the study of the research methods used by psychologists to describe, predict, and understand human behavior. This course may be viewed as an advanced version of PSY 418. We will begin by reviewing the statistical techniques that behavioral scientists have found helpful for describing and analyzing data. There will be a number of homework assignments on the statistical material, including a final overview assignment. The statistical material will be interspersed with discussions and exercises involving research methodology and the overall goals of psychological research. Each student will develop a semester project for the class and submit  some homework assignments for that project such as the materials required for IRB approval. There will be time available near the last part of the semester to collect data for your project and to consult with the instructor and the TA about the analyses of these data and your research report.

Grading Policy

The statistics homework exercises will contribute approximately 35% to the course grade. The project report and the written project homework assignments will contribute approximately 50% to the course grade. Class attendance and participation will contribute the remaining 15% to the course grade.

Texts

Aron, A. and Aron, E.: Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences: A Brief Course. (Second Edition).

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