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Faculty of Psychology
COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHOBIOLOGY
Course unit
TECHNIQUES OF INVESTIGATION IN COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
PSP3050270, A.A. 2013/14

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2011/12

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHOBIOLOGY
PS1082, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2013/14
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination TECHNIQUES OF INVESTIGATION IN COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge FRANCESCA PERESSOTTI M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/01 General Psychology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 03/03/2014
End of activities 14/06/2014
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 DALMASO MARIO (Presidente)
CASTELLI LUIGI ALESSANDRO (Membro Effettivo)
GALFANO GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)
6 2018-1 01/01/2018 30/09/2019 PERESSOTTI FRANCESCA (Presidente)
GALFANO GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)
NAVARRETE SANCHEZ EDUARDO (Membro Effettivo)
SCALTRITTI MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)
5 2017-1 01/01/2017 30/09/2018 PERESSOTTI FRANCESCA (Presidente)
GALFANO GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)
NAVARRETE SANCHEZ EDUARDO (Membro Effettivo)
SCALTRITTI MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)
4 2017 01/10/2016 30/09/2017 PERESSOTTI FRANCESCA (Presidente)
GALFANO GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)
NAVARRETE SANCHEZ EDUARDO (Membro Effettivo)
SCALTRITTI MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)
3 2016 01/10/2015 30/09/2016 PERESSOTTI FRANCESCA (Presidente)
GALFANO GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)
NAVARRETE SANCHEZ EDUARDO (Membro Effettivo)
SCALTRITTI MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)
2 2015 01/10/2014 30/09/2015 PERESSOTTI FRANCESCA (Presidente)
GALFANO GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)
NAVARRETE SANCHEZ EDUARDO (Membro Effettivo)
SCALTRITTI MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)
01/10/2013 30/09/2014 PERESSOTTI FRANCESCA (Presidente)
GALFANO GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Basic ideas in congtive psychology, descriptive statistics
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is introducing students to experimental design choice and to discuss the principal experimental paradigms used in cognitive science. The students will be trained to critical thinking of empirical research. The objectives are: a) to develop capacity for critically evaluating "scientific evidence" that is communicated in academic journals, the popular press, and other outlets b) develop skills in designing and conducting research studies, collecting and analyzing data, drawing appropriate conclusions based on statistical results, and writing up scientific reports in order to answer to specific research questions; c) communicate ideas, methods and results.
Examination methods: The final grade will consist of a final exam (50% of the grade) a group presentation (25% of the grade) and some individual work (25 % of the grade). The group activity consists of the critical presentation of a research paper in class; the individual work consists in writing research reports. The reports should be given according to a calendar that will be decided during the beginning lessons.
Assessment criteria: The final exams tests the acquisition of theoretical contents of the lectures. It consists of a series of closed and opened questions. The evaluation of the group presentation is based on the capacity to critically discuss the research process, to individuate the research questions, the methods used, the appropritness of the experimental desing and the conclusions reached. The reserach reports will be evaluated on the basis of the choerence, clarity, and formal adequacy.
Course unit contents: The main contents are:
-Experimental design
-Variables and operationalization
- Inferential statistics rationale: understand, identify and discriminate between different types of inferences used in cognitive science research
-Write up a research report
-Ethical standards in research
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The classes are organized in lectures, group and discussion activity, individual work. Attending classes is highly recommended. Many of the arguments are not comprised in the text book
Additional notes about suggested reading: The text book is provisional. Before buying it, please contact me. Research articles will be indicated in class.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Shaughnessy, J. J., Zechmeister, E. B., Zechmeister, J. S., Metodologia della Ricerca in Psicologia. Milano: The McGraw-Hill Companies, 2012. Il testo indicato è provvisorio. Contattare la docente prima dell’acquisto. Cerca nel catalogo