Introduction to Psychology and its Methods


Course Objective

A first introduction to the field of psychology and its methods of

Course Content

The course consists of two parts. The first part provides an overview of
the field of psychology with an emphasis on the biological and cognitive
foundations of behavior. What is the genetic and biological basis of
behavior? What is consciousness? How do we see, learn, remember, and
think? What is
In the second part, research methods are discussed with the aim to teach
students how to evaluate scientific research. The major topics are:
epistemology, reasoning, descriptive, correlational, and experimental
research, empirical cycle, measurement scales, reliability, validity,
sample and population, independent, dependent, and control variables,
confounding variables, random error, within- and between-subjects
designs, factorial designs, small-N, and quasi-experimental designs.

Teaching Methods

- 8 lectures on psychology
- 6 lectures on methods
Contact hours: 168 (28 lecture, 3 exam, 137 self-study)

Method of Assessment

- multiple choice exam


-Gazzaniga, M.S. (2018). Psychological Science (6th edition). Norton.
-Morling, B. (2018). Research Methods in Psychology: Evaluating a World
of Information (3rd edition). Norton

Additional Information

Lectures will be in English.

Custom Course Registration

For this module, new first-year students are signed up by the faculty. If you have already followed the course or want to follow the course as a second-year student, you have to sign up for the module and the exam via VUnet.

General Information

Course Code P_BIPM_AI
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Course Coordinator dr. W. Donk
Examiner dr. W. Donk
Teaching Staff dr. W. Donk

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture
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