Introduction to Experimental Psychology
Experimental Psychologists have addressed some of the most intriguing questions of life: What makes you you? What makes you different from other people? Which is more important – nature or nurture? Free Will or Determinism? How do we process and recall information? The Experimental Psychology core classes provide students with the opportunity to study, discuss and debate these alongside a wide range of other fascinating and controversial issues. This course will cover some of the most fundamental psychological concepts and introduce some of the most influential theorists. Students are encouraged to evaluate the material critically, to engage in discussion and debate, to gain insight into their own personalities and development and to relate the material to their own lives and experiences. Students get the chance to engage with the discipline on a practical level too, designing their own experiment in small groups.
At the end of the course, students:
- Have gained a foundation of knowledge on which to build for university or the workplace;
- Understand the multi-faceted nature of the discipline;
- Know how to use different research methodologies;
- Have practised critically evaluating experimental research.
A variety of topics will be studied in core classes. Modules may include:
- Working Memory and the Brain
- Individual Differences
- Human Development
- Experimental Design
- Writing up Psychological Research and Quantitative Research Methods
- Statistics in Psychology
- Ethics in Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
The Extended Project
Students develop their research and analytical skills through the planning and composition of an individual extended project. Their project may consist of an academic thesis, such as an evaluation of a particular article or report, an in depth production and analysis of an experiment, or a full psychological report for example.
Why take the Experimental Psychology Course?
Throughout the Experimental Psychology Gap Year Course, students explore the breadth and depth of the field. Students new to the discipline will gain the academic knowledge they need to build their confidence in preparation for further university study or career. Students with prior knowledge in Psychology will ascertain their interest in a specific area by exploring new developments and putting their skills into practice.