Programming for Psychologists


Course Objective

Acquire programming skills and use them to build your own experiments.
Learn the intricacies of experimental design.

Course Content

You will learn how to design psychological experiments and how to
implement these using the OpenSesame software package and the Python
programming language. You will be mainly working with
OpenSesame, which is specially designed for constructing experiments. To
successfully create experiments in OpenSesame, however, you need a basic
understanding of Python. Therefore this course will also address general
programming principles that will facilitate the learning of other
programming languages in the future. We will furthermore look at how to
efficiently design behavioral experiments, with the focus on
randomization procedures, how to present visual and auditory stimuli,
and on how to record responses of participants.

Teaching Methods

7 x 1.5 hour lecture, 14 x 4 hours practicals (compulsory), assignments
(twice a week).

Method of Assessment

Of the 13 assignments, at least 9 need to be marked 6 or higher. At the
end there will be an exam consisting of programming
assignments. You are allowed to bring your book and any other material.


Online documentation.

Recommended background knowledge

Although there are no specific requirements to enter this course, it is
generally recommended to familiarise yourself with Python via one of the
many online and free Python courses/tutorials.

General Information

Course Code P_MPROPSY
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator dr. D. van Moorselaar
Examiner dr. D. van Moorselaar
Teaching Staff dr. D. van Moorselaar
dr. ing. E. van der Burg

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture, Practical