Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
15 August 2023
Requisites for this module
BA 63C2 Psychological Studies,
BA C801 Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BA C802 Psychology,
BA C807 Psychology (Including Foundation Year),
BA C810 Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C800 Psychology,
BSC C803 Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C811 Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C812 Psychology (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C806 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C808 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience,
BSC C809 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Placement Year),
BSC C813 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Foundation Year),
MSCIC999 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience,
MSCICA98 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Placement Year),
MSCICA99 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C814 Psychology with Economics,
BSC C815 Psychology with Economics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C816 Psychology with Economics (Including Placement Year),
BSC C817 Psychology with Economics (Including Foundation Year),
MSCIC998 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods,
MSCICB98 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods (Including Placement Year),
MSCICB99 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C680 Sport and Exercise Psychology,
BSC C681 Sport and Exercise Psychology (including Year Abroad),
BSC C682 Sport and Exercise Psychology (including Placement Year)
In this module you will discover answers to fundamental questions in the science of emotion: What are emotions and why do we have them? Is it possible to elicit specific emotions in people and measure them? How good are we at sensing how someone else is feeling? Why are some people more emotional than others? You'll untangle the complexities involved in studying human emotion by: exploring a variety of research methods and measurements, applying critical thinking to psychological concepts, and mastering the data analysis techniques that allow psychologists to draw conclusions about our experience of emotion.
The aims of this module are:
- To provide students with knowledge of core theoretical, methodological, and applied approaches in the science of emotion. Special attention will be given to: learning about the tools used to elicit and measure emotional experience, how data can be analysed to understand measurement uncertainty and variability, and critically evaluating emotion science methods/measurement.
- To give students the opportunity to create their own emotion induction materials, and to learn how to write up their methods in a scientific format appropriate to psychology (APA style).
By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of core theoretical, methodological, and applied approaches to the scientific study of human emotion.
- Master the research skills required for eliciting and measuring emotional experience.
- Write a methods section of a scientific report according to APA format.
- Interpret quantitative information (e.g., in graphs, figures, and tables) and demonstrate understanding of key statistical concepts around measurement and variability.
No additional information available.
This module will be delivered via:
- Lectures – including methods to enhance student engagement (e.g., polleverywhere)
- Lab classes – these will involve hands-on experience (e.g., with statistical software, questionnaire methods, and taking part in psychological research studies)
- Voluntary support classes held in small group sessions
- Materials on Moodle (e.g., links to videos, articles, flipped-classroom materials) and reading lists available on TALIS
- Feedback from personal/academic tutors/GLAs
- Formative assessment (e.g., MCQs, in class tests)
Lectures will be focused on answering fundamental questions in the science of emotion, such as those outlined in the module description. Lab classes will be used to provide students with the opportunity to implement the methods and analytical techniques discussed during the lectures, and also for further discussion.
Mauss, I.B. and Robinson, M.D. (2009) 'Measures of emotion: A review', Cognition & Emotion
, 23(2), pp. 209–237. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/02699930802204677
Niedenthal, P.M. and Ric, F. (2017) Psychology of emotion
. Second edition. New York, New York: Routledge. Available at: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/universityofessex-ebooks/detail.action?docID=4844202
Gross, J.J. (2015) 'Emotion Regulation: Current Status and Future Prospects', Psychological Inquiry
, 26(1), pp. 1–26. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/1047840X.2014.940781
Larsen, J.T., Coles, N.A. and Jordan, D.K. (2017) 'Varieties of mixed emotional experience', Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
, 15, pp. 72–76. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cobeha.2017.05.021
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
Additional coursework information
MCQ Test will be in person.
Exam format definitions
- Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
- In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary,
for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.
Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Katie Daughters, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.
* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.
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