Methods in Social Psychology: Experiments and Cross-Cultural Studies



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

The course has two parts. The goal of the first part is that students acquire the skills necessary
to design and conduct social psychological experiments as well as to analyze their data. Besides
the basics (e.g. Trochim, 2006), aspects and problems of experimentation will be considered
which are specifically pertaining to social psychology (Wilson et al, 2010; Judd et al, 2010).
Methodological issues related to experimentation in social psychology will also be examined by
studying current social psychological literature (e.g., new articles from Journal of Experimental
Social Psychology), and students will also have an opportunity to design a social psychological
experiment themselves. The second part of the course deals with the methodology of crosscultural
research, with a special regard to questionnaires, the use of which can, from a
methodological point of view, be considered as quasi-experimentation (Van de Vijver and
Leung, 1997).

  • Judd, C.M., Kenny, D.A. (2010): Data analysis in social psychology: recent and recurring issues. In Fiske, S.T., Gilbert, D.T., Lindzey, G. (eds) Handbook of social psychology, 5th edition. Wiley. Vol. 1. 115-142.
  • Van de Vijver, F.J.R., Leung, K. (1997): Methods and data analysis for cross-cultural research. SAGE Publications.
  • Wilson, T.D., Aronson, E., Carlsmith, K. (2010): The art of laboratory experimentation. In Fiske, S.T., Gilbert, D.T., Lindzey, G. (eds) Handbook of social psychology, 5th edition.Wiley. Vol. 1. 51-81.
  • Trochim, W.M. (2006): The Research Methods Knowledge Base, 2nd Edition. Internet WWW
    page, at URL: <>