Research Methods & Statistics Courses

This is a list of all research methods and statistics courses offered in the Psychology Department in the past 5 years, along with the most recent syllabus for each (where available). If you are planning your course of study, you should also consult:

See all research methods & statistics courses offered in the past, present and the future semesters.

 

Research Methods:

4 pts. P. Lindemann

Prerequisite: PSYC UN1001 or UN1010, and a statistics course (PSYC UN1610 or the equivalent), or the instructor's permission.

Description: An introduction to the techniques of research employed in the study of human behavior. Students gain experience in the conduct of research, including design of simple experiments, observation and measurement techniques, and the analysis of behavioral data. 

Note: Fee: $70. 

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Corequisite: PSYC UN1421

PSYC UN1421 is the required lab section for UN1420. 

0 pts. 

Note: 
Limited enrollment in each section. Attendance at the first class is essential. Priority is given to majors. 
 

 

S1420D. Research Methods: Human Behavior

[View Summer 2019 Syllabus]

4 pts. 

Prerequisite: 
PSYC UN1001 or UN1010, and a statistics course (PSYC UN1610 or the equivalent), or the instructor's permission.

Description: 
An introduction to research methods employed in the study of human social cognition and emotion. Students gain experience in the design and conduct of research, including ethical issues, observation and measurement techniques, interpretation of data, and preparation of written and oral reports. 
 

Note: 
Priority is given to majors. Fee: $70. 

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Corequisite: UN1451

PSYC UN1451 is the required lab for UN1450. 

Note: 
Limited enrollment in each section. Attendance at the first class is essential. 
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0 pts. 

4 pts. N. Bolger

Prerequisite: 
PSYC UN1001 or UN1010, and a statistics course (PSYC UN1610 or the equivalent), or the instructor's permission.

Description: 
Methodology and procedures of personality and social psychological research and exercises in data analysis and research design. Ethical issues in psychological research. Statistical concepts such as parameter estimation and testing, measurement reliability and validity, merits and limitations of correlational and experimental research designs, and empirical evaluation of theories.

Note: 
Fee: $70. 

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Corequisite: PSYC UN1456

PSYC UN1456 is the required lab for UN1455. 

0 pts. 

Description: Required Lab for UN1455.

Note: Limited enrollment in each section.
 

4 pts. 

4 pts.
K. Fox-Glassman

Prerequisite: 
PSYC UN1001 or UN1010, and a statistics course (PSYC UN1610 or the equivalent), or the instructor's permission.

Description: 
Complement to, rather than substitute for, PSYC UN2235. Introduces research methods employed in the study of the cognitive and social determinants of thinking and decision making. Students gain experience in the conduct of research, including design of simple experiments, individual and group preference elicitation techniques, and the analysis of behavioral data. 

Note: 
Fee: $70. Attendance at the first class is essential.

[View syllabus - Fall 2019]

Corequisite: PSYC UN1491. 

PSYC UN1491 is the required lab section for UN1490. 

0 pts. 

Note: Limited enrollment in each section. Priority is given to majors. 
 

 

Statistics:

4 pts.

K. Fox-Glassman

C. Baldassano

Prerequisite or Corequisite: 
PSYC UN1001 or UN1010. Recommended Preparation: One course in behavioral science and knowledge of high school algebra. 

Description: 
An introduction to statistics that concentrates on problems from the behavioral sciences.

Note: 
Priority is given to majors. Fee: $70. 

[View Fox-Glassman - Fall 2019 syllabus]

[View Baldassano's Spring 2020 Syllabus]

Corequisite: PSYC UN1611. 
PSYC UN1611 is the required lab section for PSYC UN1610. 

 

 

S1610Q. Introductory Statistics for Behavioral Scientists

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3 pts.

Prerequisite: 
Instructor's permission and UN1610 (or the equivalent). Students should be comfortable with algebra and the basic concepts in classical statistical methods (see syllabus).

Description: 
This course outlines elements of statistical inference. Students will receive training in the use of software to evaluate both experimental data and psychological theory. In doing so, students will construct models that can both describe scientific results and also predict future outcomes.

[View Jensen's syllabus]

Advanced Topics in Psychology Research:

**This course is an elective, and will not count towards any of the group requirements nor towards the seminar requirement.** 

E. McCaskill 

4 pts. 

Prerequisites: 

PSYC UN1001 The Science of Psychology or an equivalent introductory psychology course.

Descriptions: 

This course explores the ethical theory, principles, codes and standards applicable to research in psychology and the complexities inherent in ethical research practice.

[View Spring 2019 Syllabus]

4 pts. K. Ruggeri

 

Prerequisites: Students should have completed at least one semester of research methods and/or one semester of statistics, as part of a minimum total of 16 credits in a behavioral subject (psychology, neuroscience, economics, sociology, public health, or public policy). Students that have not met these requirements but are interested in the program should contact the instructor as early as possible.

Enrollment limit is 15. Participation is optimal for juniors, such that they have completed sufficient study for participation and will also still be students during the summer practicum. For 2020, preference will be given to seniors that have not had the opportunity previously, but all interested students are welcomed to apply or to speak with the instructor in advance.


Description: As part of the Columbia Global Scholars Program, this course builds on fundamentals of psychological and behavioral science by exploring reproducibility and replication on a global level. Students will learn from a wide range of studies and their real-world implications, while having the chance to contribute to original research through an interactive program in New York, Paris, and Cambridge (UK).

[View syllabus - Spring 2020]