Psychology 443

PSYC 443: Research in Social Psychology

Prerequisites: PSYC 343, PSYC 301, and PSYC 302

Credit Hours: (3)

Students will directly study the effects of others on the thoughts, feelings, and behavior of individuals. Students will become familiar with empirical investigations of specific topics in social psychological research, and will be required to conduct research and submit a research report in American Psychological Association (APA) format.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Through lecture, seminar, discussion, and independent investigations students will become familiar with a broad range of topics which may include:

  • Themes in Social Psychology
    • Inter & Intra-Group Processes
    • Interpersonal Perception
    • Interpersonal Relationships & Interactions
    • Social Cognition
    • Attitudes & Attitude Change
    • Cultural Influence
  • Social Psychological Methodology
    • The Research Process
    • Evaluating Social Psychological Research
    • Advanced Experimental Design and Analysis
    • Advanced Correlational Design and Analysis
    • Ethics in Social Psychological Research
    • Psychometric Scaling and Validation
    • Reporting & Presenting Research


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

PSYC 443 will combine lecture, discussion and experiential strategies to gain a more in-depth understanding of how social psychologists ask questions.  As a research course, students working alone and/or in groups will design and conduct empirical investigations of social psychological questions in field and/or laboratory settings.  Students will analyze the data they collect using common statistical software, write and then present a professional report of their findings.  Students may be required to use computers, audio-visual media, and other equipment to conduct, record or present their research.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Having successfully completed the course, the student should be able to:

1.   Identify the major areas of contemporary research in Social Psychology.
2.   Understand techniques and difficulty of measuring social psychological phenomenon.
3.   Design an empirical test of hypotheses regarding some social psychological phenomenon.
4.   Perform an empirical investigation of a given social psychological phenomenon, which includes collecting and analyzing quantitative data
4.   Write up the results of an empirical investigation in APA format.


Assessment Measures

Student progress will be assessed with a variety of measures which may include a combination of in-class examinations composed of a mixture of objective and essay questions, a final examination, in-class quizzes, reports and critiques of popular and professional writings on social psychological phenomenon, research projects, formal write up of students’ own research projects, and formal presentations of students’ research and other writing assignments.


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