Lecture Topics 1B

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Lecture Topics 1B

The Research Methods and Statistics 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 and a brief introduction to 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.

Developmental psychology is the study of all aspects of development across the lifespan, with a focus (here) on cognitive and social development. These lectures focus on different approaches to developing unifying frameworks for understanding human mental development, and how children acquire some of the critical mental abilities needed for interacting in a complex physical and social world.

Social Psychology – the study of how other people influence how we think, feel, and act – is a central aspect of human psychology. In simple terms, social psychology studies how we think about ourselves, how we think about other individuals, and how we think about groups of people. These form the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and intergroup aspects of psychology. Within these areas we look at a wide range of behaviours, from helping to harming, loving to hating. We also look from the level of the mind to the whole of society. What unifies these approaches is a keen focus on the social.

Human memory is a complex set of inter-related and interacting phenomena. These lectures introduce the different types of memory humans make use of, the properties and boundaries of these systems, and the methods for studying (and possibly training) them.

In this module you will learn about how psychologists study language. How do we learn and use language, what are the fundamental features of language, and what can studying language tell us about the strucutre of the human mind, and the processes that underpin thinking?