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Course module: 530038-B-6
Experimental Psychology
Course info
Course module530038-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB: Cognitive Neuropsychology; Cognitive Neuropsychology;
Is part of
B Psychology (English)
ing. J.T.W. Revers, MSc
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. J.H.M. Vroomen
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksCaution: this information is subject to change
Registration openfrom 17/08/2020 up to and including 20/08/2021
Course goals
The course offers a deeper understanding of Experimental (or Cognitive) Psychology and an introduction to central themes within the discipline. On the basis of themes, experience is also gained in programming of a few experiments, the analysis of behavioural data, and the scientific reporting thereof. After completing this course, a student must:
• be able to explain how cognitive psychologists analyse the mental functions of humans theoretically and investigate them experimentally;
• be able to describe the relationships of Cognitive Psychology with other disciplines of psychology;
• be able to sketch professional profiles, in particular in the field of clinical and cognitive neuropsychology;
• be able to explain what and how the role of the Cognitive neuropsychologist is within research, but also within the clinical field of diagnostics and the treatment of cognitive function disorders after brain injury;
• have applied this knowledge in a number of assignments.
Research Practical:
• be able to formulate a research question with accompanying hypotheses and to be able to place this problem, as well as the research method and the results, in the knowledge and literature of Cognitive Psychology.
• be able to write an understandable research report, that is to say describe the design of a study in such a way that everyone can repeat this study in exactly the same way and to be able to interpret the results and present them in such a way that they are understandable and well-arranged for everyone.
• have acquired skills in working with computer programs such as OpenSesame and Excel.

Cognitive Psychology is the branch of psychology that deals with the study of psychological functions such as perception, attention, learning, remembering, reading, speaking, reasoning and decision making. Cognitive psychology examines how these behaviours come about and depend on the circumstances in which they occur. In the lectures, experimental studies are mainly discussed, and some background about the experiment as a method is discussed. The following topics are then discussed:
• Perception: seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling and tasting
• Learning: classical and operant conditioning
• Memory: remembering information in the short and long-term memory and related processes
• Attention, awareness, sleep
• Language: speech and writing
• Thinking, problem solving, insight and other higher cognitive processes
• Emotions.
Experimental Skills practical
Six Experimental Skills practicals are organized during the lecture cycle (start of the 2nd lecture week). The student learns to program a number of simple experiments using the OpenSesame program. In the final part, students (in pairs) prepare an experimental question, program their experiment, test a number of test subjects and process, interpret and present their data. At the end of the practicals series, the student submits a short report about his / her experiment. Further instructions can be found in the manual of the Experimental Skills Practicals.
Classical experiments in cognitive psychology
The student will be introduced to a number of classical experiments from experimental psychology. This involves, among other things, measuring simple reaction times, the waterfall illusion, priming, false memories and a signal detection experiment. Every student acts as a test subject in every experiment. After the individual data have been collected, it is processed and questions are answered about the collected measurement data. Further instructions can be found in the manual for Classical Experiments

Type of instructions
13 x 2 hours lectures and 6 practicals

Type of exams
Written (Multiple Choice) and assignments

Compulsory Reading
  1. Schacter, D, Gilbert, D., Wegner, D., & Hood, B., Psychology: 2nd European edition, Palgrave, 2016, ISBN 978-1-137-40674-3
Course available for exchange students
Available for all levels
Contact person
prof. dr. J.H.M. Vroomen
Timetable information
Experimental Psychology
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Schriftelijk (100%) / Written (100%)EXAM_01BLOK 1120-10-2020
Schriftelijk (100%) / Written (100%)EXAM_01BLOK 2204-01-2021
Required materials
Recommended materials
Experimental skills

Written (100%)

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