Psychology 2580r: Doing Psychological Science
Psychology 2580r is a hands-on course in which students participate in all aspects of the research process, from the design and execution of empirical research studies to the analysis of data. Each student works closely with a graduate student or post-doctoral student who supervises the student's daily activities.
are admitted to PSY 2580r only by permission. Here is
how to get it:
1. Go to The Psychology Department Undergraduate
Research Listings. There you will
find a Google Sheet that lists all the undergraduate
opportunities in the Department of Psychology. Click on the
Google Sheet and
then find "Gilbert" in the “Faculty Supervisor” Column.
usually multiple listings, so be sure to find them
describes a specific opportunity to do research in Professor
under the daily supervision of a particular graduate student
3. If you
interested in a listing, scroll to right and find the
contact information for
the graduate student or postdoctoral student supervisor.
Contact them as
opportunities in our lab are limited, you should feel free
to apply for
opportunities in other labs at the same time to maximize
your chances of being
accepted to at least one.
Practical Aspects of the Course
The course has two regular classroom meetings: one at the start
of the semester (at which graduate students and post-docs
present their research) and one at the end of the semester (at
which the students present the research they've worked on during
the term). Attendance at these meetings is mandatory. In
addition, Professor Gilbert will meet with all students in small
groups throughout the semester.
Students are expected to spend a minimum of 10 hours per week on the course. This includes time spent doing research in the laboratory or the field, doing readings, and meeting with their supervisor.
Supervisors will arrange for regular meetings with each student to discuss research progress and relevant readings, and will provide timely feedback to students about their performance. Students are expected to keep in close contact with their supervisors, who are responsible for overseeing the student's day-to-day work and evaluating the student's progress.
Students must complete
the Harvard Ethics Training in Human Research.