Psychological research methods (2015/2016)

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. IA, Sem. IB Margherita Pasini
Esercitazione 3 Sem. IB Margherita Pasini

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes


- 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;
- equip students with a range of secondary research skills required to critically examine and appraise published research articles, especially concerning training processes;
- 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.

At the end of the practical training session a test could be performed, with an evaluation of max 3 scores, that will be added to the final evaluation


- The Science of Psychology: qualitative and quantitative methods.
- The Scientific Method
- Ethical Issues in the Conduct of Psychological Research
- Descriptive Methods (Observation; Survey Research)
- Experimental Methods (Independent Groups Designs, Repeated Measures Designs, Complex Designs)
- Quasi-Experimental Designs
- Validity in psychological research

Workshop activities
- Library Research Methods in Psychology.
- Managing a scientific paper.
- Data collection and Computer-Assisted Data Entry. How to manage a dataset.
- Computer-Assisted Data Analysis, Illustration: Data Analysis for an Experiment Comparing Means; Stage 1: Getting to Know the Data, Stage 2: Summarizing the Data, Stage 3: Using Confidence Intervals to Confirm What the Data Reveal
- Null Hypothesis Significance Testing (NHST); Comparing Two Means.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam is written, with 32 multiple choice questions and three open ended questions. The multiple choice questions mainly deal with the theoretical contents. The open ended questions deal with the analysis of a psychological scientific report, and competences concerning Methods and Data Analysis will be assessed.

Reference books
Activity Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Lezione John J. Shaughnessy, Eugene B. Zechmeister, Jeanne S. Zechmeister (edizione italiana a cura di Margherita Lanz, Giuido Amoretti, Semira Tagliabue) Metodologia della ricerca in psicologia McGraw-Hill (Milano) 2012 9788838664946 Escluso il capitolo 10 (Studio di caso e disegni sperimentali su singolo soggetto)
Lezione Fabio Lucidi, Fabio Alivernini, Arrigo Pedon Metodologia della ricerca qualitativa Il Mulino (Bologna) 2008 978-88-15-12620-7 Capitoli 1, 2, 3, 5 e 6
Teaching aids
Title Format (Language, Size, Publication date)
Appunti Lab 10 nov 2015  pdfpdf (it, 959 KB, 10/11/15)
Appunti Lab 17 nov 2015  docxdocx (it, 825 KB, 17/11/15)
Appunti Lab 1 dic 2015  pdfpdf (it, 528 KB, 01/12/15)
Appunti Lab 1 dic 2015 (word)  docxdocx (it, 274 KB, 01/12/15)
appunti lab A 12_01_2016  docxdocx (it, 551 KB, 12/01/16)
appunti lab B-C 12_01_2016  docxdocx (it, 17 KB, 12/01/16)
appunti lezione 10 dicembre  xslxxslx (it, 37 KB, 10/12/15)
base dati 12_01_2016 (it, 101 KB, 12/01/16)
base dati in R 24/11/2015  octet-streamoctet-stream (it, 4 KB, 24/11/15)
Disegni fattoriali: esempi di risultati  xslxxslx (it, 26 KB, 03/12/15)
lab - base dati 10/11/2015  xslxxslx (it, 49 KB, 10/11/15)
lab - base dati 13/10/2015  xslxxslx (it, 28 KB, 14/10/15)
La comunicazione in psicologia - es. 1  pdfpdf (it, 121 KB, 08/10/15)
La comunicazione in psicologia - es. 2  pdfpdf (it, 189 KB, 08/10/15)
La comunicazione in psicologia - es. 3  pdfpdf (it, 62 KB, 08/10/15)
La comunicazione in psicologia - es. 4  pdfpdf (it, 108 KB, 08/10/15)
Syllabus (aggiornamento del 14 dicembre 2015)  pdfpdf (it, 47 KB, 14/12/15)
Turni Lab  pdfpdf (it, 59 KB, 09/10/15)
zzz dataset 5 (it, 49 KB, 19/01/16)
zzz dataset 5 bis (it, 49 KB, 19/01/16)