Psychology 2580r: Doing Psychological Science


Course Description

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.

Students 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 research opportunities in the Department of Psychology. Click on the Google Sheet and then find "Gilbert" in the “Faculty Supervisor” Column. There are usually multiple listings, so be sure to find them all. 

2. Each listing describes a specific opportunity to do research in Professor Gilbert's lab under the daily supervision of a particular graduate student or post-doctoral student.

3. If you are interested in a listing, scroll to right and find the contact information for the graduate student or postdoctoral student supervisor. Contact them as instructed.

4. Because 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.