400932 :ReMa-IDA: Extended Assessment Methods


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: (Collegerooster)
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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 research methods, such as traditional survey and interviews. 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 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.

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 an update 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 different data sources in order to reduce measurement errors and misinterpretations. Following this, different extended assessment methods will be studied and discussed in different professional domains. This content matter is covered in 12 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
  4. Task analysis/Situational Judgement Testing and individual assessment
  5. Social media and individual assessment
  6. Diary and event-sampling methods
  7. Working and practicing with extensive assessment: design a study using diary/event sampling methods: practical session
  8. The complex world of psychopathology: group difference vs individual differences: The DSM-V as a case
  9. Contemporary assessment (risk/psychopathology) in forensic psychology: a lack of comprehensive sampling?
  10. Implicit measures, heart rate, skin conductance, behaviorial observations and daily life assessment in clinical psychology
  11. Virtual reality and integrating comprehensive sampling in forensic psychology: a realistic future?
  12. Visiting the virtual reality lab in a forensic institution: debate with patients an clinicians
  13. Working and practicing with extensive assessment: heart rate, skin conductance and daily life data: practical session
  14. Remaining questions and topics for discussion.

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

The examination consists of two parts:

  1. Multiple choice test about extended assessment methods. The focus is on factual knowledge and understanding and interpreting the consequences of comprehensive sampling (counts for 70%).
  2. Essay of 10 pages (double spaced, excl. title page, incl. references) focusing on a theoretical and/or empirical paper on extended assessment methods in the field of occupational/organizational psychology or forensic psychology. The essay needs to highlight a theoretical background of extended assessment methods, a critical description of comprehensive sampling and, for students who choose a small empirical research, a small description of the research design, method, statistical analysis and results. The essay must highlight ways in which extended assessment methods can better fit future challenges of individual differences research in the field of psychology (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 )