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Experimental Methods I: Design & Techniques


Admission requirements

The examination and, if indicated, the teaching of the following units of study can only be taken if the examinations of the preceding units of study have been passed of the course Psycholinguistics.


Experimental Methods I: Design & Techniques and Experimental Methods II: Practicals & Projects together form one course. Over the entire two-semester course, students will receive a comprehensive and practical introduction to the research methods used in the LUCL Labs and have a chance to implement one of these techniques in an independent research project.

The course will link coferently to other elements of the BA Linguistics and track Language and Cognition – for example, in Experimental Methods I (semester 1 of year two) the students learn how the theory they have already learned relates to experimental work in the labs; while in Experimental Methods II (semester 1 of year three) they will analyse their own data using skills gained in the course Statistics for linguists in semester 2 of year two.

Experimental Methods I consists of two learning units: “Experiment design & preparation” and “Software and hardware in the labs”. In these two units, students gain practical knowledge of the first steps in individually designing, carrying out, analysing, and presenting a psycholinguistic experiment.

Course objectives

  • Gaining a broad knowledge of psycholinguistic research methods and techniques, including lab hardware and software Excel, Qualtrics, and E-Prime or PsychoPy)

  • Understanding the practical steps involved in conceptualising and preparing a psycholinguistic experiment


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Mode of instruction

Seminars; independent study and practical assignments.

Assessment method

To successfully finish the course students are required to upload several practical assignments as well as a research proposal as the final assessment. For some of the assignments, students may be required hand in a peer review.

The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


Attendance and participation count for 10%, practical assignments for 40%, the research proposal outline and first draft for 10% and the final research proposal for 40% of the final grade."


Students may resit the final assignment (final paper) provided that they have adequately attended the seminars (>80%) and that their overall final grade is a fail (< 5.5).

Reading list

The course will follow the reader, available for download here

A syllabus and suplementary material will be made available via Brightspace.


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