Practical Training: Cognitive Paradigms in Health Psychology
Full course description
The goal of this practical is to introduce the students to implicit measures that are often used in health psychology research to study biased cognitive processing. The focus of the practical will be on the Implicit Association Test (IAT). There are two lectures in which the IAT is explained and demonstrated. An important aspect of the lectures will be a discussion of the pros and cons of the paradigm. Next, students will get hands-on experience with the IAT and they will generate IAT data in small groups of students (e.g., 4-5). Students also take part in two practical meetings: they will (1) analyze their IAT data, and (2) experience and ‘beat’ the IAT. They will also write a final group report about their IAT findings. As such, students will gain a profound understanding of the IAT.
- students are able to explain the mechanisms and assumptions underlying the Implicit Association Test (IAT);
- students understand the pros and cons of the IAT and are able to change the features of the chosen task to fit their own research needs;
- students are able to analyze IAT data by applying statistical techniques, such as t-tests and ANOVA, and they can interpret and explain the output of these analyses.