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Experimental methods in psycholinguistic research - LAN00081M

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Heather Marsden
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2020-21

Module summary

This module provides practical training in all stages of development of psycholinguistic experiments. Two or more from the among the following methods are covered: self-paced reading, self-paced listening, eye-tracking with text, visual-world eye-tracking, web-based tests.

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

  • to provide training and hands-on experience in all stages of development of psycholinguistic experiments using two or more of the following methods: self-paced reading, self-paced listening, eye-tracking with text, visual-world eye-tracking, web-based tests.
  • to deepen understanding of the relationship between hypotheses, experiment design, and data analysis, as these relate to the practicalities of specific psycholinguistic tools.
  • to introduce good practice in running experiments, lab protocols, and managing data.

Module learning outcomes

  • enhanced understanding of how to design and run experiments in psycholinguistics
  • experience in using at least two different psycholinguistic experiment software packages (e.g., PsychoPy, Experiment Builder, EPrime, Linger, OpenSesame, Ibex Farm, Gorilla)
  • experience of participating in and running trials in an eye-tracking experiment
  • enhanced understanding of how to plan data analysis

Module content

A large portion of the content of this module will be delivered through two day-long practical workshops. These are followed by seminars, which will include opportunities for students to develop their assessment projects.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Experiment project
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Additional assessment information

The summative experiment project assessment comprises the following two components:

  1. a short experiment built in one of the tools introduced on the module
  2. a report (1000 words) in the form of an abstract on the experiment design procedure

The formative experiment proposal is designed as the first step of the experiment building process.

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Experiment project
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback on the formative work to be provided within two weeks of submission.

Written feedback on summative work to be provided within four weeks of submission.

Indicative reading

Schmid, M. S., Berends, S. M., Bergmann, C., Brouwer, S. M., Meulman, N., Seton, B. J., ... & Stowe, L. A. (2015). Eye-tracking and the visual world paradigm. Chapter 5 in Designing research on bilingual development: Behavioral and neurolinguistic experiments (pp. 55–80). Dordrecht: Springer.



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