Course objectives

This course will introduce students to the philosophy of scientific inquiry with an emphasis on experimental methodology. In Experimental psychology the student will be learning how to use a variety of different research methods and tools to investigate human behavior.

Course content

It includes topics like Perception and Sensation, the Gestalt concept of Perception, Perceptual Consistencies, Depth Perception, Visual illusions, Meaningful vs. Nonsense Learning Retroactive Inhibition Simple Reaction Time Transfer of Training Trial Position Effect under Massed and Learning and Conditioning, Classical versus instrumental conditioning, Basic factors in learning and performance, Role of reinforcement in learning, Contemporary theories of Learning Transfer of training Theories of Memory Compartments of Memory, Thinking and Problem-Solving.

Recommended Text

  1. McBride, D. M. (2010). The Process of Research in Psychology. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
  2. McBride, D. M. & Cutting, J. C. (2010). Lab Manual for Psychological Research (2nd ed.). LosAngeles, CA: Sage
  3. Stanovich, K. E. (2010). How to think straight about psychology. (9th ed.). Boston: Allyn&Bacon.
  4. Dunn, D. S. (2011). A short guide to writing about psychology. (3rd ed.). Boston: Longman.