Fiches de cours 2017-2018


Experimental cognitive psychology I


Enseignant(s) :

Dan Glauser Elise Sylvie
Mohr Christine




The media frequently report on trendy studies that have been conducted in experimental cognitive psychology, and which inform the public on "human functioning" and its causes. We teach students basic skills and requirements when performing, understanding and comprehending such studies.


Performing an empirical study in cognitive psychology

Cognitive psychology covers all aspect of our mental world, whether it is perception, attention, memory, language, mental imagery, emotion, concept formation, problem solving, creativity, decision making, reasoning, etc. To assess cognitive functioning, psychologists working in this field have traditionally applied experimental scientific methods.

In this course, we will elaborate research questions that are closely linked to those of the respective project supervisor. By accounting for the recent published scientific literature, students will elaborate the study questions determined with their respective project supervisor, and will develop their own research activities performed in groups of max 4 students. After having read the relevant literature and decided on a hypothesis (autumn term), students will refine their method (autumn term), test participants (data collection) (spring term), treat the data for statistical analysis (spring term), and write a final scientific report (spring term).


experimental psychology, cognition, scientific methods, empirism, statistics, hypothesis testing, reading scientific articles, writing scientific article, testing human subjects, data collection - input - analysis, colour, emotion, free will, consciousness, body image and body representation

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Introduction to cognitive psychology (HUM 213), Psychology of emotion (HUM 239), Psychology of belief (HUM 316). Statistics.

Interest in empirical studies on human population.

NOTE: This is a demanding course that expects students to perform experimental laboratory work. We are particularly interested in teaching students who have a profound interest and dedication to the scientific study of human behaviour and thought at the crossroad between psychology and the neurosciences. Prior knowledge in scientific methods and statistics is specifically welcome.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

Group work

Expected student activities

Attending weekly meetings, contributing to team work, communicating reliably and responsibly with group members and project supervisor, find research articles, read research articles, understand research articles, share knowledge with group members, write your own research report

Assessment methods

Independent evaluation at the end of both the autumn and spring term (grade associated to 3 ECTS).

Autumn term: Knowledge acquisition and elaboration of a project plan. Determination and set up of research method. Evaluation of written introduction to the research report

Spring term: Experiment is performed, data collected, data input, data analysis. Evaluation of the final written research report consisting of a title page, abstract, introduction, method section, result section, discussion and bibliography.


Office hours No
Assistants Yes
Forum No

Weekly meetings with supervisor or during alternative appointments with supervisor and own group.

If appropriate, exchange via email, to be confirmed with respective supervisor




Research articles, depend on the project to be performed. Information and skills to find the literature in the course of the autumn term

Dans les plans d'études

Semaine de référence

En construction
      Exercice, TP
      Projet, autre


  • Semestre d'automne
  • Session d'hiver
  • Semestre de printemps
  • Session d'été
  • Cours en français
  • Cours en anglais
  • Cours en allemand