Research Participation Information -sept2009

Research Participation Information -sept2009 - RESEARCH...

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RESEARCH PARTICIPATION A central characteristic of scientific knowledge is that it is based on systematic observations in empirical studies. This is also true for psychological knowledge about human behaviour, which is based on empirical observations in natural settings or psychology labs. To familiarize students with the methods of scientific research in psychology and to provide first-hand experiences with the procedures presented in the lectures, Psychology 1000 includes a mandatory research experience component, which involves the participation in psychological studies for a total of six (6) research hours. As an alternative, students who do not wish to participate in psychological research may fulfill this requirement by reading six (6) research articles published in psychological journals from a selection available from the Research Participation Pool Coordinator. It is also possible to combine participation and article review (e.g., do 5 studies and review 1 article). The following sections include important information on the research participation component and its alternative for students who do not wish to participate in psychological research. PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION CAREFULLY! RESEARCH PARTICIPATION To acquire deeper insights into research methods in psychology, students enrolled in Psychology 1000 are expected to earn six (6) research credits by participating in empirical studies conducted in the Department of Psychology. Studies are offered in half-hour units and students will receive one (1) credit for each one (1) hour that they spend as a participant. We recommend that you complete half of your credit hours (3 hrs) prior to the Christmas break and the other half (3 hrs) after the Christmas break.
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