400932 :ReMa-IDA: Extended Assessment Methods


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: (Tentamenrooster)
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
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prof. dr. S. Bogaerts (Coordinator)

prof. dr. M.J.P.M. van Veldhoven

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

The aim of this course is to give students insights into extended assessment methods that go beyond the classic assessment and research methods, such as traditional survey, interviews and observations. A multivariate research approach rather than a univariate approach, offers more empirical/theoretical understanding of complex, interdependent behavioral mechanisms in individuals. Extended assessment methods assume that research on complex human behavior should use a broad range of factors. Human behavior and underlying mechanisms can only be understood when using different data sources, such as (digital) life data, experimental data and questionnaire data. The course has the following objectives:

Knowledge transfer

  • Applying specific theoretical models (course ‘Theoretical Models of Individual Differences’) in relationship to specific empirical settings, such as forensic psychology, psychology and law and the context of occupational and organizational psychology.
  • Be able to understand and practice (daily) life data, experimental data and questionnaire data in order to get insight and to build an integrative framework to understand individual differences.
  • Be able to conduct data-sampling by measuring behavioral patterns using (digital) daily life data, experimental data and questionnaire data.
  • Be able to understand the effects of distorted factors, such as time bias, observer bias. etc.
  • Be able to understand the importance of innovative methods, such as Virtual Reality.

Application of knowledge

  • Learn to operationalize specific theoretical frameworks by using comprehensive sampling (f.e., triangulation) to generate explanations about characteristics behaviour patterns of individuals in real world.
  • Learn to understand future challenges.

Evaluation of knowledge

  • Understand and develop an innovative multivariate research design to assess individual differences in, f.e., forensic psychology and psychology of work and organization.

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

The course starts with a discussion of already studied theories, such as Cattell’s data cube, Hofstees’ observer hypothesis and social perception effects. Students will be invited to discuss the added value of extended assessment methods. Following this, different extended assessment methods will be studied and discussed in different professional domains. This content matter is covered in 10 two-hour lectures and some practical sessions.

  1. Course outline, practical issues and the explanation of extended assessment methods in different psychological fields
  2. Individual performance assessment
  3. The assessment and analysis of individual mistakes and errors, for example, testimonies.
  4. Task analysis/Situational Judgement Testing and individual assessment
  5. Social media and individual assessment, such as N=1 analysis
  6. Diary and event-sampling methods
  7. The complex world of psychopathology: group difference vs individual differences: The DSM-V as a case
  8. Contemporary assessment (risk/psychopathology) in forensic psychology: a lack of comprehensive sampling?
  9. Implicit measures, heart rate, skin conductance, behaviorial observations and daily life assessment in clinical psychology
  10. Virtual reality and integrating comprehensive sampling in forensic psychology: a realistic future?
  11. Visiting the virtual reality lab in a forensic institution: debate with patients an clinicians
  12. Working and practicing with extensive assessment: heart rate, skin conductance and daily life data: practical session
  13. Remaining questions and topics for discussion.

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

The examination consists of two parts:

  1. Written exam about extended assessment methods. The focus is on factual knowledge and understanding and interpreting the consequences of comprehensive sampling (counts for 70%).
  2. Presentation of research based on some theoretical and/or empirical paper on extended assessment methods in the field of occupational/organizational psychology, clinical forensic psychology or psychology and Law. The presentation needs to highlight a theoretical background and a  critical explanation of the reseaarch design and the results (counts for 30%).

Verplichte literatuur

  1. The course does not follow a single textbook. Each session will discuss one or two papers or book chapters, which are listed in the course syllabus that will be distributed by the teachers.

Verplicht voor

  • Research Master in Individual Difference and Assessment ( 2016, 2017 )