This online course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying psychology, medicine, and related subjects at university, exploring the branch of psychology that investigates the workings of the mind through scientific experiments.
If you have ever wondered what makes you, “you”, or about the relationship between the “mind” and the brain, or what consciousness is, or how visual illusions fool our mind, then you may be interested in the study of experimental psychology.
The course is designed to give students a basic overview of the study of experimental psychology at university, looking at the major areas that constitute an experimental psychology degree. The fascinating case studies looked at in this course – such as the mysterious case of Phineas Gage, the American railway worker who survived an iron bar passing through his brain – will provide great material to help you in your application or simply provide an insight into a fascinating area of study.
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This tutorial will explore what experimental psychology is and what it is not. It begins by discussing the scope and areas of experimental psychology before exploring the science that underpins it. The tutorial then considers the questions that can be answered by experimental psychology and ends with a discussion on undergraduate degrees in the subject.
Experimental psychology is often said to have ‘a long history, but a short past.’ This tutorial will explore the development of the discipline from its origins in the philosophical explorations of Ancient Greece through to modern-day thought and practice.
This tutorial will consider the processes behind experimental psychology. It begins with an explanation of the experimental method before exploring the key features of experiments. The tutorial ends with an analysis of two classic psychological experiments.
This tutorial brings us fully up-to-date with experimental psychology and its new methods and avenues of exploration. The tutorial will then move on to explore the relatively recent concepts of cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology, before ending with a discussion of computer modelling.
|Course Pre-requisites||Advanced level of EnglishAn interest and enthusiasm for science, with particular reference to PsychologyThis course would suit students studying towards A-level Sociology/Psychology or equivalent, and in particular those interested in further university study of Psychology.|
|Course Level||For students applying to university to study Psychology, Medicine, Social Sciences or related subjects|
|Prior Knowledge||No prior knowledge is required to take this course, just enthusiasm for the subject.|
|Workload||4-6 hours (further independent study is encouraged)|