EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (PSYCH 3914 - FALL, 2002)
Instructor: Dr. Charles I. Abramson
Laboratory: Life Sciences West - 117
Phone: 744-7492 (Office), 744-6561 (Lab)
Office Hour: Monday 9:00 10:00 AM and by Appointment
Class Times: M,W,F 10:30 - 11:20 (AGH, 275), Laboratory Sessions: F- 8:30 10:20 in 001 NM, F- 2:30 4:20 in 001 NM
T.A. Angel Belden
Pre-requisites: A desire to learn, Psych 3213 (Quantitative methods)
Course Goals: Psychology 3914 will introduce you to the basic principles, concepts, and technical
language of the experimental analysis of psychological phenomena. The format will be lectures, discussions, and laboratory experiences.
Materials: The reading assignments will come predominately from The Primer of Invertebrate Learning: The behavioral perspective (Abramson, 1994) and Invertebrate learning: A laboratory manual (Abramson, 1990). These books are available from the OSU bookstore. Occasionally the books will be supplemented with additional readings.
A second source of materials will come from the lectures and discussions. The lectures will overlap the books but will often not be identical to it.
A third source of materials will come from the laboratory section. The laboratories are designed to illustrate the lectures.
A fourth source of materials, and perhaps the most important, is your experiences, goals, desires, and expectations. Be motivated!
Examinations: There will be three exams and one laboratory project. The first two exams will consist of
approximately 50 short answer multiple choice questions. The final examination is an approximately 70 question test in a multiple choice - short answer format. The final is cumulative. In addition to the examinations there will be 2 laboratory reports and an independent experimental project. The independent project contains a written and oral component. Each examination and the independent project counts for 25% of your grade. The grading scale is as follows:
A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = 0-59.
The independent project requires you to design and conduct an independent research project, analyze the results, and report the results both in class and in written form (APA style). The report and presentation are worth 25% of the grade and the tests are worth 75% of your grade.
Attendance: Attendance in lectures is strongly encouraged. Attendance will provide you with the
opportunity to discuss and learn about material that is not covered in the readings. Attendance for the laboratory section is mandatory. For each laboratory section you miss 5 points will be deducted from your final grade! It is your responsibility to notify me of any circumstances that may interfere with your work in the course.
Important! Do not make the mistake that because the readings are comparably light this course
is easy. Nothing could be further from the truth. You are only assigned two books in an effort to keep your book costs low. Much of the material will not be in the books!
Dropping: Last day to add a course (nonrestrictive) 8-23-02
Last day to add a course (restrictive) 8-30-02
Last day to drop a course with no grade: 8-30-02
Last day to drop a course with an automatic grade of W: 11-8-02
Last day to withdraw from all courses with automatic grade of W: 11-8-02
Last day to withdraw from all courses with assigned grades of W or F 11-27-02
Cheating: It goes without saying that academic dishonesty will not be permitted.
You will be required to leave the class and be given a grade of F.
Date Topic Reading
8-19M Syllabus; Orientation Lec
8-21W History, Experi. Strategies & Scientific Method Ch. 1
8-26M How to use a research library Lec
8-28W Research techniques I: Overview Ch. 3
8-30F Experimental design Lec
9-4W Research techniques II: Observation & Correlation Lec
9-6F Experimental design Lec
9-9M Research Techniques III: Experimental Lec
9-11W Experimental design Lec
9-13F Research Ethics Lec
9-16M Discussion of Independent Projects Lec
9-18W How to read and write research reports (APA) Lec
9-20F Experimental design Lec
9-23M Experimental Area: Nonassociative conditioning I Ch. 4
9-25W Experimental Area: Nonassociative conditioning II Ch. 4
10-2W Test 1 (all readings, notes, slides, movies)
10-4F Experimental Area: Classical Conditioning I Ch. 5, 6
10-7M Fall Break
10-9W Experimental Area: Classical Conditioning II Ch. 5, 6
10-11F Experimental Area: Instrumental/operant I Ch. 5,6
10-14M Experimental Area: Instrumental/operant II Ch. 5,6
10-16W Discussion of Independent Project/outline due Lec
10-21M Experimental Area: Psychophysics II Lec
10-23W Experimental Area: Simple Systems I Ch 7,8
10-25F Experimental Area: Simple Systems II Ch 7,8
10-28M Experimental Design Lec
10-30W Experimental Area: Social Psychology I Lec
11-4M Experimental Area: Clinical I Lec
11-6W Experimental Area: Clinical II Lec
11-11M Review Test 2
11-13W Test 2 (all readings, notes, slides, movies)
11-15F Experimental Area: Statistical Analysis I Lec
11-18M Experimental Area: Physiology I Lec
11-20W Physiology II Ch. 8
11-22F Help with presentation/project Lec
11-25M In class presentations I
11-27W In class presentations II
12-2M Dead Week REV
12-4W Dead Week REV
12-6F Dead Week REV
12-9M Final (Cumulative) 10:00-11:50
Week one: No Labs
Laboratory 1: How to use a research library
Laboratory 2: How to use the internet
Laboratory 3: Unobtrusive methods of behavior
Laboratory 4: Associative and Nonassociative learning
Laboratory 5: Physiology Lab
Laboratory 6: Social Laboratory (Field Experiments)
Laboratory 7: Clinical Laboratory
Laboratory 8: APA Writing Laboratory
Laboratory 9: Perception Laboratory
Laboratory 10: Independent Projects