Psyc 798J: Graduate Seminar: Doing Psychological Research on the Internet: Issues and Methods

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 complete a project of setting up an experiment online, collecting the (pilot) data, and writing up the results for online dissemination. The project may involve ongoing research for a masters thesis or dissertation or other project. The IRB approval process will be a part of the project.

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

Students may sign up for 1 - 4 credits with the following levels of involvement:

1 credit: attend class as a readings seminar
2 credits: attend class and complete weekly assignments
3 credits: attend class, complete weekly assignments, and complete the course project (recommended option)
4 credits: attend class, complete weekly assignments, complete the course project, contribute the development of software and methodology for research on the Internet

Grades will be based on class participation and project completion, if appropriate.

Syllabus

Psyc 798J: Graduate Seminar: Doing Psychological Research on the Internet: Issues and Methods

DateTopicReadingsAssignments
1/29/2007
Introduction to Research on the Internet
Readings 1
Class Roll

Plan for the Course

Proj 1: Examples
2/5/2007
Tools, Examples, and Techniques
Readings 2


Commercial Packages vs. Do It Yourself


2/12/2007
Web Page Design
Readings 3
Proj 2: HTML Page

HTML


2/19/2007
Hosting Surveys
Readings 4
Proj 3: Survey

Forms


2/26/2007
Project Ideas
Readings 5
Proj 4: Project Ideas

Javascript


3/5/2007
Sampling Issues
Readings 6





3/12/2007
Ethics on the Internet
Readings 7





3/26/2007
Work on Projects
Readings 8





4/2/2007
Implementing Experimental Designs
Readings 9





4/9/2007
Dealing with Data Bases
Readings 10





4/16/2007
Validity and Reliability Issues
Readings 11





4/23/2007

Readings 12





4/30/2007
Data Mining on the Internet
Readings 13


MoodViews


5/7/2007
Project Presentations
Readings 14