EXPERIEMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

The experience of the pandemic and all that it has entailed has made many realise the importance of the subject of Psychology. However, Psychology is not a simple subject having grown over the last 100 years into a nuanced and diversified subject responding to and addressing several problems. In this, Experimental Psychology has gained in importance ever since psychologists began studying how people decide on various matters. Some universities lean towards behavioural dimensions while others focus on the cognitive, social or developmental dimensions.

The University of Oxford runs an MSc by Research Experimental Psychology, which covers topics in “behavioural neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, social psychology and psychological disorders, and developmental science” (https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/msc-research-experimental-psychology?wssl=1). University College London, UK has MPhil / PhD in Experimental Psychology, which focuses on “understanding the psychological and biological bases of behaviour, to improve the health and wellbeing of both individuals and society”. (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/research-degrees/experimental-psychology-mphil-phd)

Some universities have attempted to bring together neuroscience and data or quantitative analysis. The University of Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro offers an MA in General Experimental Psychology, which  is a terminal Master’s degree program and focuses on “developmental, cognitive and social psychology, as well as psychopathology and developmental psychopathology”. The University also directs ‘theses in quantitative psychology and biological psychology”. (https://psy.uncg.edu/graduate/experimental-psychology/). Seton Hall University’s MS in Experimental Psychology offers this course with and without thesis based studies in which “Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Behavioral Sciences” are with thesis and “Data Visualization and Analysis and Psychological Science” without thesis. (http://www.shu.edu/academics/ms-experimental-psychology.cfm). Similarly, Murray State University has a Master of Science (M.S.) in Experimental Psychology “with an emphasis in behavioral neuroscience”. (https://www.angelo.edu/content/profiles/7153-experimental-psychology-masters-degree-ms/Templates/profiles-graduate-programs.php)  Nova Southeastern University (NSU) offers an MS in Experimental Psychology, which teaches “biological, cognitive, developmental, and social psychology” and “experimental design and analysis.”  (https://psychology.nova.edu/graduate/experimental-psychology/curriculum.html). Indiana State University, College of Arts and Science (CAS) offers an MA and MS in Experimental Psychology, which focuses on cognition, social psychology, and biopsychology.  (https://www.indstate.edu/cas/psychology/programs/masters-experimental-psychology/experimental-psychology-masters-program).

Some have a research orientation. University of Exeter runs an MSc in Psychological Research Methods which “emphasis on cognitive and clinical neuroscience research.” (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/psychology/psychological/#Overview) Brooklyn College offers an MA in Experimental Psychology, which “offers students an education in the foundations of psychological knowledge, the current state of the field, and training in research design and data analysis”. (http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/academics/schools/naturalsciences/graduate/psychology/experimental.php). University of Sussex offers an MSc in Experimental Psychology. The course gives an education in “biological, cognitive, social and developmental psychology”, “philosophical and ethical foundations of psychology” and “research methods” into this. (https://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/courses/psychology/experimental-psychology-msc) Saint Louis University runs an MS Experimental Psychology, which “prepares students for academic teaching and research careers in the areas of cognitive neuroscience, developmental or social psychology.” (https://www.slu.edu/programs/graduate/psychology-experimental-ms-phd.php) University of Tennessee offers an MA Program in Experimental Psychology, which incorporates the following areas of research: Biological PsychologyDevelopmental PsychologyIndustrial & Applied Psychology and Social and Personality Psychology”. (https://psychology.utk.edu/grad/ma.php).

Radford University offers an MA in Experimental Psychology, which focuses on the “breadth of knowledge the psychology’. (https://www.radford.edu/content/chbs/home/psychology/programs/experimental/curriculum.html) Western Washington University runs mentorship model based Graduate Program in Experimental Psychology in which “each incoming student is paired with a faculty member with similar scholarly interests who will advise and mentor the student on his/her academic progress and scholarly activities” (https://chss.wwu.edu/psychology/experimental-psychology-graduate-program)

At The University of Alabama in Huntsville MA in Experimental Psychology, “The focus is general-experimental with coursework in applied experimental, biological, cognitive, developmental, human factors, industrial/organizational, and social psychology.” (https://www.uah.edu/ahs/departments/psychology/programs/graduate)The Psychology department at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin has an MA in Psychology with concentration in Experimental Psychology, focusing on “advanced psychological theory (i.e., developmental, cognitive, personality, social), research methods, statistics, and manuscript preparation.” (https://www.utpb.edu/cas/academic-departments/psychology-department/graduate-program#Applied)

Taking a slightly different focus, James Madison University runs an MA in Psychological Sciences, which focuses on “basic science such as cognitive psychology, sensation and perception, learning theory, and behavioral neuroscience. It also provides a foundation for work in applied settings such as in the federal government.” (http://www.psyc.jmu.edu/psycsciences/experimentalpsychology.html)