PSYC2020 general overview
Clarification about comments made in the feedback on Week #5
Need more time to answer experiments and more experiments
Unfortunately, our time together is very limited and I try to strike a balance between giving you time to reflect and making the most of our time. I know it's not always optimal, and there are differences between different students, but the most important part is that you feel like you experience something that intrigues you and that you'd like to know more about. If I managed to intrigue you and get you interested in those experiments, then I consider this a successful inclass experiment.
Need more time to explain the experiments and discuss results
I agree. I would like to, but time is limited, and so I do the minimum to give you a teaser for these experiments. Ideally, we could discuss each in detail, but time is limited, and so I aim to strike a balance between number of experiments, time for each experiment, and time to discuss.
What I am hoping for is to get you interested so that you'd be interested in looking at these yourself after class.
The experiments did not work on me / The experiment failed so there's no point
Whenever we run experiments, especially in a classroom, there is a lot of noise that has to do with context, individual differences, various other factors, and random variations. Many of the experiments we look at are fairly strong effects, but even with strong effect the variance we explain in social psychology and judgment and decision making is not a 100%, which means it will not work for everyone. The most important point for you is to experience things first hand, and consider how the experiment might affect different people, what it would mean for an experiment to succeed or fail in the lab, and understand the effect. If you left the classroom thinking about things and maybe interested in knowing more, then we've achieved our goal. It would be great if you would follow up and read more about these after class.
I already know these experiments, any others?
I try and minimize the overlap with other courses not about social psychology, but since some of these are classics in social psychology we do need cover them in a course called “Fundamentals of social psychology”. Hopefully, the way we're doing it in class would be new to you, or get you to think of things in a new fresh way. I'm happy to give you additional readings if you're interested, just email me.
Want to know more about these experiments / Want to read more / Give us more information
I'm happy to give you additional resources and more information if you're interested, just let me know in class or email me.
To address your requests for a more structured overview of the experiments, I've created a dedicated WIKI page to organize everything, and I'll try and add more resources about each of those. Another good source is the course book, which includes some more information and references.
Let us keep the experiment forms
I share the experiment forms in all versions on the Moodle. I thought that the students' generation take photos of everything so I just assumed that if you want to keep them you'll take a photo. Please do! But for me to be able to summarize what you did in class, I will need your copy.
Need more structure or lecture format
I understand. Some do need more structure than others, and the traditional way of teaching in academic is focused on professors hand-feeding students using structured presentations. In the two courses during add/drop I was hoping to set expectations to make it clear that in this course we'll aim for more experiencing in hope that it will motivate you to go and learn more about these topics yourselves.