Introduction to Research Methods & Statistics

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Introduction to Research Methods & Statistics

These lectures are designed to provide a background to the philosophy of scientific research and experimental design. The lectures will deal with broader conceptual issues around the analysis of psychological data rather than explicit statistical procedures. The lectures will complement the practical experience gained in the labs across the year, and provide a basis for more in depth treatment of statistical analysis in years 2 and 3.

Lecture No 2
What is an experiment?
Introduction to the philosophy of science and the scientific method.
David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre A
19/09/2018 - 11:10am to 12:00pm
Lecture No 16
Scientific theory 1
What is a theory in science? How do they work? What is the internal logic of scientific theorising?
David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre A
29/10/2018 - 11:10am to 12:00pm
Lecture No 17
Scientific theory 2
Continuation of scientific theorising; deriving theory from examples.
David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre A
31/10/2018 - 11:10am to 12:00pm
Lecture No 18
Narrative - strucure of brain drives function of mind
Neural structure/psychophysics; well behaved systems = easy predictions; fundamental laws as equations. Purpose of formalisms & strengths of mathematical description.
David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre A
02/11/2018 - 11:10am to 12:00pm
Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of these lectures, students should be able to identify the fundamental aspects of the scientific process and relate them to concrete examples of research they've learned about during the course.
 

References: 

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