Advanced Methods in Behavioural Research
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-BS014
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Behavioural Science;
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dr. P.E. Ketelaar
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dr. W.G. Lange
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prof. dr. I. Molenaar
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prof. dr. M. Rinck
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dr. A.P.J. Scheres
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Academic year2017
PER3  (05/02/2018 to 15/04/2018)
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RemarksFor external (PhD) students, see
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
The main goal of this course is to introduce students to the current, state of the art methodologies used in behavioural science research. Students will learn which methodologies are used, what the main advantages and disadvantages of different methodologies are, which practical steps are involved when using the methods, and to which research questions in the field of behavioural science the various methodologies can be applied.
In this course, experts from within the Behavioural Science Institute will discuss various state of the art methodologies that are currently used within the field of behavioural science. They will explain the technical and practical aspects of the various methodologies, the advantages and disadvantages, they will give examples of studies with specific research questions that can be addressed with the relevant methodology, and they will provide students with basic practical information as to how the methodology can be implemented in an experiment. The following methodologies will be covered: electroencephalography (EEG), virtual reality, genetic markers, functional magnetic resonance imaging – fMRI, hormones, eye-tracking, Big data, meta-analysis and qualitative research (interviews and focus groups).
Test information
Students will be required to reflect on the literature every week, and submit a document with discussion points about the literature. In addition, students will be asked to write three assignments (essays), out of a total of about 6 assignments that will be offered. These assignments will be graded. In order to pass the course, students will need to (1) submit their discussion points about the readings every week, and (2) have a minimum average grade (averaged across the 3 assignments) of 6.0.

Required materials
To be announced
Each lecturer will assign two or three research articles about the method.

Instructional modes

Test weight1
OpportunitiesBlock PER3, Block PER4