ERIC Number: ED313008
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
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Psychology on Computers: Simulations, Experiments and Projects.
Belcher, Duane M.; Smith, Stephen D.
PSYCOM is a unique mixed media package which combines high interest projects on the computer with a written text of expository material. It goes beyond most computer-assisted instruction which emphasizes drill and practice and testing of knowledge. A project might consist of a simulation or an actual experiment, or it might be a demonstration, a psychological test, a questionnaire, a survey, or a poll. All projects are run on the computer. Through using PSYCOM, relatively unsophisticated students can collect, analyze, and discuss the data within the context of science. The details of computer programming, experimental design, and statistics are submerged, and the psychology student has a chance to learn first hand about psychological processes with maximum involvement. Selected project applications using PSYCOM are described, including: (1) an extra-sensory perception (ESP) experiment in precognition; (2) a poll on the 55 mile-per-hour speed limit; (3) "The Strategy Game," which examines the effect of the internal-external attitude dimension on the use of available information for forming a strategy; and (4) "Learning a Novel Task," which examines issues related to the rate of knowledge acquisition. (GL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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