Empirical 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 understand, conduct, and communicate empirical research. During your junior and senior years you will learn:
1. To critically analyze the primary scientific literature.
2. To frame a scientific question in a creative, original way.
3. To select the appropriate methods necessary to test a research question.
4. To develop a clear presentation of your work 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.