Independent Work

Overview

Research is at the core of our work as psychological scientists. The primary goal of your independent work is to make sure you learn how to conduct and communicate empirical research. During your junior and senior years you will learn:

1. To develop independent, creative thought in selecting and organizing the material to be discussed, and in the presentation of original ideas and questions.

2. To frame a scientific question and to select and organize material relevant to the question.

3. To critically analyze the primary scientific literature.

4. To select the appropriate method and statistical analyses necessary to test research questions.

5. To develop a clear presentation of the material including defining the topic, stating the plan of the paper, appropriately organizing the material, and discussing your findings in the context of the existing literature.