Psyc 798J: Graduate Seminar: Doing Psychological Research on the Internet: Issues and Methods, Spring 2008

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:

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

Instructor: Dr. Kent L. Norman

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

Office Hours:

Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 am
Wednesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Syllabus

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

DateTopicReadingsAssignments
1/29/2008
Introduction to Research on the Internet

Proj 1: Class Profile

Plan for the Course


2/5/2008
Tools, Examples, and Techniques
Readings 1
Proj 2: Being a Participant

Commercial Packages vs. Do It Yourself


2/12/2008
Web Page Design
Readings 2
Proj 3: HTML Page

HTML


2/19/2008
Hosting Surveys
Readings 3
Proj 4: Host a Survey

Forms


2/26/2008
Sampling Issues
Readings 4
Proj 5: Project Ideas

Javascript


3/4/2008
Ethical Issues
Readings 5
Proj 6: Finding Violators




3/11/2008
Implementing Experimental Designs
Readings 6


Task Flow


3/25/2008
Dealing with Data Bases
Readings 7


Formsaver, FileMaker, Access, etc.


4/1/2008
Getting Demographics
Readings 8
Proj 7: Sampling Issues




4/8/2008
Randomizing and Counterbalancing
Readings 9





4/15/2008
Getting Response Times
Readings 10





4/22/2008
Data Mining on the Internet
Readings 11
Proj 8: Data Mining

MoodViews


4/29/2008
More Data Mining for Social Science
Readings 12





5/6/2008
Presentations of Projects
Readings 13





5/13/2008
Conclusions