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Research Methods – The Economics of Psychology

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About the Course

In this course, Dr Ayoub Bouguettaya (University of Birmingham) explores the procedures and economics of the psychology research process. In the first module, we think about why understanding the processes of psychological research is important. In the second module, we think about the lifecycle of a research project, from developing an idea, to a funded project, to publishing your findings. In the third module, we think about funding, including where that funding might come from and exactly what it pays for. Next, we think about why findings are published in the journals they are, and the metrics that can be monitored after publication. In the fifth module, we think about some economic applications of psychology research, including utilising defaults to influence people’s selections. In the sixth and final module, we think about some controversies and questions within this field, including whether governments should be allowed to use psychology on their own citizens.

About the Lecturer

Dr Ayoub Bouguettaya is a lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham. His research centres around social psychology and how knowledge from that field can be applied to others, particularly health. Dr Bouguettaya is interested in how we can apply social identity theory to societal problems, as well as investigating the different perspectives one might taken on those issues. His recent publications have spanned a breadth of topics including social identification, eating behaviours, conspiracy theories, and behavioural economics.

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