Methodology in Psychophysiological Research   [Archived Catalog]
2021-2022 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook

APH 5121 - Methodology in Psychophysiological Research

This course covers the basic steps and time-line of a project, steps in formulating and maturing a question, research ethics, the protocol approval process, background and literature searches, and methods of determining a project's feasibility and relevance. The logic and progression of study designs used to evaluate the efficacy of behavioral medicine studies is detailed and exemplified. Topics include single subject and single group designs - cohorts, multiple group designs, strengths and weaknesses of longitudinal and cross-sectional studies, prospective experimental vs. observational and retrospective designs. Students will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of such techniques as quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis, meta-analysis, time series analysis, and population based data analysis. The course also covers research protocol design, the consent form, and the protocol review process. This section covers subject selection techniques (sampling, inclusion - exclusion, etc.), kinds of data (dichotomous, nominal, ordinal, continuous, etc.), techniques for hardening subjective data, validity and reliability, survey and questionnaire design, as well as pilot studies and the initial power analysis - feasibility and resources.  3 credit(s)
Offered: Fall - Term A/B, SP -- Term A/B. Course Length: 15 weeks. No RC required.