Applied experimental psychology: A capstone course for undergraduate psychology degree programs

Jenay M. Beer, Sara E. McBride, Anne E. Adams, Wendy A. Rogers

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Abstract

Learning-by-doing and a transgenerational educational format are incorporated into a semester-long undergraduate capstone course. The goal of the course is to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of applied experimental psychology (e.g., applications of methods), and using that understanding in the context of design. Students participate in seminar-style class meetings and a weekly laboratory meeting. Every class meeting is devoted to discussing a reading assignment related to the fundamentals of aging, as well as a breadth of applied experimental psychology domains. The students are encouraged to engage in collaborative discussion to critique the main points of the reading. In the laboratory, each student learns about and applies human factors methods. The students work in teams and develop a project in which they apply their fundamental knowledge of experimental psychology to the domain of successful aging. Each team develops or redesigns a technology, device, or environment to aid older adults to live independently, maintain their health, and/or improve their well-being. Transgenerational education is promoted through the students' interaction with a panel of elders, who participate in user testing and feedback. The students and older adults alike reported that the course is beneficial. Students learned about the fundamentals of applying experimental psychology and aging, whereas older adults increased their awareness of technology development and how technology can impact successful aging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 55th Annual Meeting, HFES 2011
Pages535-539
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 28 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event55th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, HFES 2011 - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: Sep 19 2011Sep 23 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
ISSN (Print)1071-1813

Other

Other55th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, HFES 2011
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV
Period9/19/119/23/11

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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Beer, J. M., McBride, S. E., Adams, A. E., & Rogers, W. A. (2011). Applied experimental psychology: A capstone course for undergraduate psychology degree programs. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 55th Annual Meeting, HFES 2011 (pp. 535-539). (Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society). https://doi.org/10.1177/1071181311551109