Doing Psychology

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Doing Psychology

Psychology is typically described as ‘the scientific study of the mind’. But how can you observe and measure mental phenomena? These lectures will introduce you to various ways in which psychologists have studied the mind from a scientific perspective.

Lecture No 1
What is Psychology?
Psychology as a science of the mind, and how we began to measure the mind.
David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre A
16/09/2019 - 11:10am to 12:00pm
Lecture No 2
Psychological measurement
In this lecture we will continue on the topic of measurement. We will discuss the varied assumptions we make when we measure things in psychology, what we can test and check, and what we can not.
David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre A
18/09/2019 - 11:10am to 12:00pm
Lecture No 3
Psychological measurement
Picking up from last lecture, we will continue our discussion of measurement, focusing on the idea of information and variation, and why these are important for psychology.
David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre A
20/09/2019 - 11:10am to 12:00pm
Lecture No 16
A Variety of Psychologies
How we came up with different ways of doing scientific Psychology.
David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre A
28/10/2019 - 11:10am to 12:00pm
Lecture No 17
Experimental Psychology
In this lecture we will introduce the basic features of experimental designs in psychology, and discuss where and when experiemental approaches may have greatest utility.
David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre A
30/10/2019 - 11:10am to 12:00pm
Lecture No 18
Correlational Psychology
In this lecture we will introduce the basic features of orrelational or oberservation designs in psychology, and discuss where and when these approaches may have greatest utility.
David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre A
01/11/2019 - 11:10am to 12:00pm
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References: 

Schacter et al., Psychology (Second European edition, 2016), Chapters 1 & 2.