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Experimental Social Psychology

Social psychology tries to answer how people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others. Particularly, we study how human cognition is affected by social factors, and how people behave in social groups. The Experimental Social Psychology specialization offers advanced training in social cognition, intergroup relations, research methods and statistical methods. This is the only specialization offered at the Faculty of Psychology with an explicit aim to train future researchers: both in academic and practical sense.

In this specialization you will learn and gain skills in experimental design, survey design, statistical analysis and interview methods. Researchers specialized in experimental social psychology are currently working in the fields of evaluation, public opinion, conflict resolution, tolerance, education, anti-discriminatory education.

Though the specialization in research oriented, it suitable not only for those with plans for a scientific career. The skills and knowledge taught in this specialization are in high demand in more applied settings too. Many national  and international governmental and non-governmental organizations work on topics in which both knowledge of social psychology and research methods is highly valuable. As the basis of good policy and its implementation is knowledge and data, this specialization provides the expertise for careers in applied fields as well. 

The specialization is organized in such a way that students of years four and five take courses together. Below is a table with the courses included in the specialization. From time to time changes are made to the courses offered, or their timing; for the most up to date overview of courses offered within the specialization and detailed descriptions of the courses, please see the link on the left: course offer.

Year A semester Hours ECTS
Acculturation winter 30 3
Qualitative and Mixed Research Methods in Psychology winter 30 3
Advanced Data Exploration Methods - Dimension Reduction, Exploratory Factor Analysis and Clustering Analysis winter 30 3
Internet Research Methods and Tools winter 30 3
Political Psychology summer 30 3
Statistical Models for the Analysis of Survey Data summer 30 3
Cross-Cultural Research Methods summer 30 3
Advanced Experimental Methods summer 30 3
Applied Social Psychology - Research Trip summer 30 2
Year B semester Hours ECTS
Social Cognition winter 30 3
Regression Analysis: Linear Models winter 30 3
Neuropsychological methods in Social Psychology winter 30 3
Intergroup Relations winter 30 3
Structural Equation Modeling summer 30 3
Survey Methods: A Practical Guide to Design a Questionnaire summer 15 2
Social Cognition Lab summer 30 3
Social Psychophysiology summer 30 3

In addition to specialization courses, students will be enrolling in elective courses, some of which will specifically fall within the field of their specialization, they can enroll for non-Psychology courses offered by different departments and will be working on the Master’s thesis.