Psyc 798J: Graduate Seminar and Undergraduate Special Topcis: Doing Psychological Research on the Internet: Issues and Methods, Fall 2012

Course Description:

In the past ten years the Internet has taken off. At the same time a number of researchers in psychology have started to use the Internet as a vehicle for hosting online experiments of all sorts. In this course we will look at all of the issues regarding the use of this media and learn some of the programming and computer skills to host our own experiments online.

This course will cover the following topics:

Students will be involved in a project of setting up an online experiment, collecting the (pilot) data, and helping to write up the results for online dissemination.

For examples of online experiments in my lab, go to lap.umd.edu

Grades will be based on class participation, assignments, and completion of a class project.

Instructor: Dr. Kent L. Norman

Office: BPS 3123F
phone: (301) 405-5924
email: klnorman@umd.edu

Syllabus

PSYC798J/488H/INST728E: Doing Psychological Research on the Internet: Issues and Methods

DateTopicReadingsAssignments
8/30/2012
Introduction to Research on the Internet

Proj 1: Class Profile

Plan for the Course


9/6/2012
Tools, Examples, and Techniques
Readings 1
Proj 2: Being a Participant

Commercial Packages vs. Do It Yourself


9/13/2012
Web Page Design
Readings 2
Proj 3: HTML Page

HTML


9/20/2012
Hosting Surveys
Readings 3
Proj 4: Host a Survey

Forms


9/27/2012
Sampling Issues
Readings 4
Proj 5: Javascript

Javascript


10/4/2012
Ethical Issues
Readings 5
Proj 6: Finding Violators

More Javascript


10/11/2012
Implementing Experimental Designs
Readings 6


Task Flow


10/18/2012
Dealing with Databases
Readings 7


FileMaker, MySQL, php, etc.


10/25/2012
Getting Demographics
Readings 8


Statistical Analysis


11/1/2012
Getting Response Times and Clicks
Readings 9


More Statistical Analyses


11/8/2012
Randomizing and Counterbalancing
Readings 10
Proj 7: Data Mining

More Javascript and php


11/15/2012
Social Networking Research
Readings 11


Wikis, blogs, chat, Facebook, Twitter, etc.


11/22/2012
Thanksgiving Break






11/29/2012
Data Mining on the Internet
Readings 12


Trolling the Web


12/6/2012
Presentation of Final Projects