Psychology Research Program

This Psychology Research Program takes knowledge from the Introductory psychology course, leads students to understand all aspects of psychology, and explores their interests through conducting research. The professor will guide students through an empirical review of current psychological literature.

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Psychology has been a popular major in recent years. Psychology is divided into four major branches: cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, experimental psychology, industrial-organizational psychology.

Aralia Education proudly introduces a psychology research program for students with a previous foundation in psychology. Students will gradually learn psychology concepts and theories, research methods, citation formats, etc., and finally, complete an 8-15 pages research paper. 

Tutor Intro

Teacher A — Psychology Professor 

  • A has 10 years of teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He’s currently teaching at Texas Tech University.
  • A is an expert at psychological statistics, questionnaire design, quantitative research, and has published many academic journals;
  • Over the years, he has been engaged in psychology-related research and published many papers. His current research direction is the psychological impact of academic integrity and online learning effect analysis
  • He has taught humanities-related subjects in the United States high schools, and has teaching experience for middle school students; is a grading teacher for AP research exams. 
Class Intro

In this project, students will have the opportunity to explore social psychology – the study of human thoughts and connections with other people – and how these interactions affect us and our daily lives. 

Students will also explore developmental psychology, which is how and why we change throughout our lives. For example, are your interests today the same as five years ago? In addition, we will also introduce the basic knowledge of research methods and APA writing format.

This second part of the course allows students to focus on an area of psychology that interests them the most. The professor will guide the student through an empirical review of current psychological literature. The course structure follows the steps of scientific inquiry, and will cover the following:

  • What is empiricism; what sets it apart from other kinds of knowledge?
  • What makes scientific writing different from other kinds of writing?
  • How to develop a research idea based on psychological theory
  • Forming a research hypothesis or question
  • Finding, reviewing and summarizing empirical research, using peer-reviewed psychological literature (provided by the professor)
  • How to write a literature review and annotated bibliography

Halfway through the course, students will submit a draft of a review of the literature paper for peer review, and for detailed feedback from the professor. Students will revise this draft for a final paper that can serve as both a writing sample and an example of an empirical review of scientific literature.

Outcome
  • Produce a research paper of 8-15 pages
  • If required in the university application, the professor can provide a letter of recommendation
  • A final academic report from the teacher
  • Aralia’s Certificate of Completion
Course Content

Lessons

Topics

1

Course Introduction and expectations

Homework: Listen to the podcast Hidden Brain episode: “A Social Prescription: Why Human Connection is Crucial to Our Health”

2

Social Psychology: Attitudes and Violent Attacks

Homework: Read 2 articles on social psychology

3

Social Psychology: Social Identity and Social Influence

Homework: Listen to the podcast Hidden Brain episode “I Buy, Therefore I Am: How Brands Become Part of Who We Are”

4

Social Psychology: Prosocial and Group Behavior

Homework: Read an article about pro-social behavior, listen to the podcast Podcast Hidden Brain episode “The Influence You Have” (optional)

5

Developmental Psychology

Homework: Read 1-2 articles on developmental psychology

6

Developmental Psychology: Learning Theory

Homework: Listen to the podcast Hidden Brain episode: “What’s not on the test”

7

Developmental Psychology: Emotional Development

Homework: Listen to the podcast Hidden Brain episode: “The Empathy Gym”

8

Research Method

Pre-class assignment: Read an article related to psychology research methods

9

Research method: select article and APA format

Reading before class: How to write a psychology essay

10

Research Method: Practice the APA format

Reading before class: APA format guidelines

11-15

One-to-one meetings

Students

Students who have a foundation in psychology, are interested in learning more about psychology, and/or are preparing for the college application, and want to publish a paper

Feedback

After each class, the teacher will send course feedback, including course topics, homework and student progress.

Schedule

25 hours of classes, including 10 hours of group lessons and 5 hours of one-on-one lessons. 

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