The purpose of labs is to provide hands-on experience with some aspects of each course section. The labs also aim to teach transferrable skills that are useful beyond specific subjects such as using literature databases or understanding research designs.
Labs are associated with tasks on which students are assessed. These assessments contribute towards the final course mark.
Individual Differences: Literature search and summarizing
One of the essential skills in learning about and doing psychology is finding relevant literature and summarizing this in an efficient way. In this lab, students will be practicing the smart use of most common literature databases to identify key papers on a specific topic.
After the lab, students are expected to write a 1000-word summary on a specific topic related to individual differences.
The deadline for a draft of the summary is Monday 19th October at noon. Students are provided feedback on the draft. The deadline for the final version of summaries is Thursday 19th November at noon. The final summary is assessed and the mark will contribute towards the final course mark (20%).
Abnormal Psychology: Assessing Mild Cognitive Impairment
The Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination-III (ACE) and the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) are two of the most popular and commonly used cognitive tests used in dementia clinics and in the assessment of other neurological disorders. The practical will look at their reliability, and how they used in routine practice. There will be opportunity to take and score these inventories, and analyse case studies to decide which tool would be better for the task.
Language Psychology: TBC
Social Psychology: Measuring inter-group attitudes
In this lab, students will learn about attitudes, attitude scales and work to develop a measure of people’s attitudes towards either young or old people (ageism). This measure should be able to be administered in a Western nation (e.g., the UK or USA) and would capture the range of attitudes people could possess towards young or old people. Consideration will be given to the types of demographics that should be measured, the issues of introspection and self-presentation, and behavioural prediction. Students will start by looking for existing measures of intergroup attitudes and biases online. They will then draft a new measure which could capture these attitudes. Students will then implement this measure in Qualtrics as an electronic scale. Finally, students will write a short report on how they chose to measure attitudes and why they made these choices.