Second year students of the Institute of Psychology
Grade average: > 8.
The institute selects participants from the 30 highest scores of all psychology students.
By a series of different lectures students gain insight into performing scientific research.
Mode of instruction
The programme consists of 4 to 5 times two meetings. The first meeting consists of a lecture and discussion on the basis of student questions. The second meeting is a visit to a lab or a demonstration, and a interview with the researcher.
Meeting 1: interactive lecture
A lecture is given by a researcher about his or her field of research. Students read a corresponding research article in advance. After the lecture there is a question and answer session, at which the researcher answers students’ questions. Subsequently, some students present their own questions on an overhead sheet. The speaker will then lead a discussion based on these questions.
Meeting 2: practicum
The researcher offers an inside view of the day-to-day practice of his or her research, e.g. by demonstrating experiments in the lab, or by showing a video or other, related materials.
Each student must read an article before the first meeting. In response to the article each student must prepare two questions. A brief oral introduction to the questions (of a few minutes) must also be prepared. Also two interview questions must be prepared.
Prior to the meeting, the students are given a brief summary of the lecture, and a link to the articles they need to prepare.
Students will be selected and invited to participate.