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  1. EXP 4934CLaboratory in Cognitive Psychology • Ira Fischler, instructor (29th year!) • ifisch@ufl.edu • Office hrs. T R 2-3 pm 090 PSY • 392-0601 ext. 228 • Assistant: Mike McKay • Mtmckay@ufl.edu

  2. EVOLUTION OF EXP4934C • Development of content-specific labs • EXP 334: Experimental psychology • Late 70’s: NSF grant to Dr. Levy • 1980’s: 1st generation of lab classes • 2000: 3rd generation of CogLab

  3. COURSE GOALS • To develop skill in: • Scientific thinking and communication • Designing and implementing experiments • Analysing and interpreting empirical data • The methods of psychology and cognition • How computers are used for research

  4. REQUIRED TEXTS • Ransdell, et al. Laboratory in Cognition and Perception (3rd Ed., 2000) available at www.psychologysoftware.com • Martin, D. W. Doing Psychology Experiments (5th Ed., 1999) • APA Publication Manual (5th Ed., 2001)

  5. ONLINE RESOURCES • Course Web Page • www.psych.ufl.edu/~fischler • Class Listserv • Coglab02a-l@listserv.nervm.nerdc.ufl.edu • See Web Page for instructions • Internet tutorials, tools, etc


  6. WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING: • Participate in classic experiments • Interpret your own performance in those exps • Read about experimental methods and design • Present an oral report on one lab experiment • Build skill in writing research papers • With a team of others, design, run, and analyse an independent project • Blame us for all the work, problems, etc

  7. THE LAB PACKAGE • Modules as templates for research • Standard and custom options • Built-in and imposed variables • Range of topics • Attention and information processing • Feature detection (lab 3) • Mental rotation (lab 8) • Learning and memory • Retrieval from STM (Lab 6) • False memories (Lab 12) • Thinking and Problem-solving

  8. For Next Time: • Read the syllabus! • Look over the lab modules • Read sections in Martin and APA on the structure of a research paper • Bring in your “profile” with a pic