Psychological research methods (2012/2013)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
Margherita Pasini
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Teaching is organised as follows:
Activity Credits Period Academic staff Timetable
Lezione 6 Sem. 1A, Sem. 1B Margherita Pasini
Esercitazione 3 Sem. 1A, Sem. 1B Margherita Pasini

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course aims:

- to develop in students a body of knowledge and critical understanding of the research process in psychology, in particular with regard to research methodology and various quantitative and qualitative research methods;
- to equip students with a range of secondary research skills required to critically examine and appraise published research articles, especially concerning training processes;
- to enable students to plan, conduct, present and critically evaluate a Research Project meeting the standards of professional research.

Practical training sessions will be provided, in order to help students to develop computer skills in order to manage a simple research process in psychology. These practical training sessions will follow the steps:
- bibliographical research
- data gathering and data entry
- data analysis (descriptive and inferential statistics), base level.

Open-source and/or very common packages will be used.


From theories to hypotheses: the birth of a research; the experimental model; the experimental designs and the question of the control; alternative strategies to experimental methods; the validity of a psychological research; measurement in psychology and psychological testing; the data collection; the data analysis; from laboratory to field, from quantity to quality; the communication of the results; research in organizational psychology.

Textbooks for the examination
1. Di Nuovo S., Hichy Z. (2007) Metodologia della ricerca psicosociale, Il Mulino, Bologna.
2. Sartori, R. (2009) Psicologia Psicometrica, LED, Milano.
3. Lucidi, F., Alivernini, F., Pedon, A. (2008) Metodologia della ricerca qualitativa (chapters: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6).

For oral examination, one of the following proposals:

1. Poncheri, R., Lindberg, J. T., Thompson, L. F., & Surface, E. A. (2008). A comment on employee surveys: Negativity bias in open-ended responses. Organizational Research Methods,11, 614-630.

2. Rousseau C; Benoit M; Gauthier M; Lacroix L; Alain N; Rojas MV; Moran A; Bourassa D. (2007), Classroom Drama Therapy Program for Immigrant and Refugee Adolescents: A Pilot Study, Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 12, 451-465.

3. Probst, T.M. (2004). Safety and insecurity: Exploring the moderating effect of organizational safety climate. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 9, 3–10.

4. Rousseau, V., Salek, S., Aubé, C. et Morin, E.M. (2009). Distributive justice, procedural justice, and psychological distress: The moderating effect of coworker support and work autonomy. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 14, 305-317.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam is in two stages. Part I is a written multiple choice examination, and Part II is an oral examination, only for the students who pass Part I.
Textbooks for Part I:
- Di Nuovo S., Hichy Z. (2007) Metodologia della ricerca psicosociale, Il Mulino, Bologna.
- Sartori, R. (2009) Psicologia Psicometrica, LED, Milano.
- Lucidi, F., Alivernini, F., Pedon, A. (2008) Metodologia della ricerca qualitativa (chapters: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6)

The oral part (Part II) will deal with the article chosen among the ones indicate above (see attachments)

Teaching aids
Title Format (Language, Size, Publication date)
dati Turno A (it, 57 KB, 20/11/12)
dati Turno A - sintetiche (it, 133 KB, 20/11/12)
lezione 01  pdfpdf (it, 19 KB, 06/11/12)
lezione 02  pdfpdf (it, 34 KB, 06/11/12)
lezione 03  pdfpdf (it, 56 KB, 06/11/12)
lezione 04  pdfpdf (it, 37 KB, 06/11/12)
lezione 05  pdfpdf (it, 25 KB, 06/11/12)
lezione 06  pdfpdf (it, 45 KB, 06/11/12)
lezione 07  pdfpdf (it, 39 KB, 06/11/12)
lezione 08  pdfpdf (it, 21 KB, 06/11/12)
lezione 09  pdfpdf (it, 14 KB, 06/11/12)
lezione 10  pdfpdf (it, 28 KB, 06/11/12)
proposta 1: Possibili distorsioni nelle indagini a risposte aperte  pdfpdf (it, 121 KB, 06/11/12)
Proposta 2: Un programma basato sul teatro per gli adolescenti immigrati  pdfpdf (it, 189 KB, 06/11/12)
Proposta 3: Clima organizzativo di sicurezza e insicurezza lavorativa  pdfpdf (it, 62 KB, 06/11/12)
Proposta 4: Giustizia organizzativa e stress: il ruolo dei colleghi e dell'autonomia  pdfpdf (it, 108 KB, 06/11/12)
dati Turno A (it, 78 KB, 25/11/12)
dati Turno A - sintetiche (it, 133 KB, 25/11/12)
dati Turno B (it, 78 KB, 25/11/12)
dati Turno B - sintetiche (it, 223 KB, 25/11/12)