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Paper 1.2: Experiments in Psychology

Unit Content Time (Hours) Domain
I Introduction

Nature of science, psychological experimentation: nature, applications of scientific method

Experimental plan: planning of experiment, Types of experiments, conducting and writing up an experiment

Experimental designs: within and between subject design, field experiment

Field experiments and longitudinal experiments

Longitudinal study in developmental psychology

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II Classical Experiments – Experimental Psychology

Weber’s law and its verification by any classical method of Gustav Fechner, signal detectionexperiments by Green and Swets, ROC curves

Experiment of classical conditioning by Pavlov, Tolman’s experiment on sign significate learning, Gibson’s visual cliff experiment

Ebbinghaus experiments on learning and retention

Trying to draw self forgetting curve

Trying some mnemonics

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III Classical Experiments – Social and Emotional Behavior

Cognitive Physiological experiment of emotions by Schachter and Singer

Obedience experiments by Stanley Milgram

Sheriff’s experiment of Rober’s cave, Stanford prison experiment on roles and rules by Zimbardo, experiments on conformity by Solomon Asch

The phenomena in Indian contexts

Classroom group games

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Syllabus Books:

  1. Gorrig, R.F. and Zimbardo, P.G. (2005). Psychology and Life. Allyn and Bacon.
  2. Milgram, S. (1974). Obedience to authority. New York: Harper Arrow
  3. Asch, S.E. (1952). Social Psychology. Prentice Hall: NJ.
  4. McGuigan, F.J. Experimental Psychology. Prentice Hall: NJ
  5. Schachter, S. (1971). Emotion, obesity, and crime. Academic Press: New York.
  6. Gross, R.D. (2005). Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behaviour
  7. Physiological Psychology.
  8. D’Amato, M.R. (2010). Methodology, Psychophysics and Learning. Tata McGraw Hill: New Delhi.

 

Reference Books:

  1. Ronald Gandelman. (1985). Autobiographies in Experimental Psychology.Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  2. Levine; S. Parkinson. (1994).Experimental Methods in Psychology.Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  3. W. KlingLorrin A. Riggs. (1971). Woodworth & Schlossberg’s Experimental Psychology.Holt, Rinehart and Winston.
  4. RodriguesR. V. Levine. (1999). Reflections on 100 Years of Experimental Social Psychology,Basic Books.
  5. S. Rogers. (2003). SocialPsychology: Experimental and Critical Approaches.Open University Press.
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