Advanced Methods: Experimental Paradigms
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-BS014A
Credits (ECTS)1
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Behavioural Science;
prof. dr. M. Rinck
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. M. Rinck
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prof. dr. M. Rinck
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Academic year2018
PER3  (04/02/2019 to 14/04/2019)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksFor Behavioural Science RM students only, non-BSRM students interested in the course, please mail to
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
After the workshop, students should know the pros and cons of each task covered by the workshop well enough to choose an appropriate task for a given research question, and they should be able to change the features of the chosen task to fit their own research needs.
Most experimental studies in psychology employ behavioural experimental paradigms to identify cognitive structures and processes, and for good reasons. Some of the most intensively studied processes are attention, memory, associations, and attitudes. Moreover, most of the experimental tasks involve the measurement of reaction times. This course will introduce the most popular tasks in the areas of attention (e.g., emotional Stroop, dot probe, visual search, signal detection), memory (e.g., free recall, recognition, word stem completion, anagram solving, exemplar generation, working memory tasks), associations and attitudes (Implicit Association Test, Single Target Implicit Association Test, Affective Simon Task, Extrinsic Affective Simon Task, affective priming) and automatic behaviour tendencies (approach-avoidance tasks, balance board). If students have specific questions about tasks they plan to use in their research, these can also be discussed.
Required materials
To be announced
Students will be asked to read the methods sections of approx. 12 scientific papers. These will illustrate the different experimental paradigms covered by the course. The papers will be announced shortly before the course.

Instructional modes

Test weight1
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock PER3, Block PER4