PSYC 3450 Experimental Psychology. Course Instructo r : Alla Chavarga Monday 9:05-10:45am. Course Syllabus. Syllabus handout. Your ONLY homework assignment!. Email me: [email protected] Subject: Your Name PSYCH 3450 – Name of TA. Attendance. Course Format: Lecture & Lab.
Course Instructor: Alla Chavarga
Why take this course?
How do we come to know things?
Science as a way of knowing
Psychological Science vs. Pseudoscience
Goals of Research
I know three things:
Correlation does not prove causation.
Socrates has ten fingers.
The sun will come up tomorrow.
Empiricism – the process of learning things through direct observation or experience, and reflecting on those experiences.
Sounds legit. What could be wrong about this method?
Social Cognition Biases
Belief perseverance – the tendency to hold on to a belief, even in the face of contradictory evidence.
Confirmation Bias – tendency to seek out information only in support of belief, ignoring contradictory information.
Availability heuristic – tendency to overestimate the frequency with which unusual or memorable events occur
Scientific Method - the most reliable way to develop a belief; independent of pre-existing bias and opinion.
Hypothesis Experiment Conclusion
All events have causes.
Through systematic observation, these causes can be found.
Scientific methods are characterized by objectivity.
Scientists need not be perfect; their results simply need be publicly verified and replicated.
Scientists are data-driven.
Science produces tentative conclusions.
Science asks answerable questions.
Science develops theories that can be disproven.
Some important concepts: