PSY 458

Psy 458 – Experimental Psychology

***NEW Materials for Remote Learning (Spring 2020)***

MWF 1-3    SEA 2.114


Gilden Lab


David Gilden, PhD



SEA 5.118 D



MWF 3-4






Instructions for downloading Statview:

Instructional video

Alex’s guide

Emulator set-up instructions


Basic Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (3rd Edition), by Kenneth D. Hopkins, B. R. Hopkins, Gene V. Glass

Reading Assignments:

Neill & Westbury: Selective Attention and the Suppression of Cognitive Noise

Halsey: The fickle P value generates irreproducible results

Baker: Over half of psychology studies fail reproducibility test

New Yorker:  The Truth Wears Off

Ioannidis: Why Most Published Research Findings are False

Loftus:  Psychology will be a much better science when we change the way we analyze data

Killeen: An alternative to null-hypothesis significance tests

Roberts & Pashler:  How persuasive is a good fit?  A comment on theory testing

Gilden:  Global model analysis of cognitive variability

New Yorker:  “Measure for Measure”

Gilden:  What is working memory and what is it good for? 

Whiteman:  Moments in Time

Schleidt:  Moving in the Beat of Seconds

Pockett:  How long is “now”? Phenomenology and the specious present

Supplementary Statistics Text:  Statistics Text


Tentative Class Schedule:

Friday, February 7, 2020

Individual Research Project topic due

Monday, February 10, 2020

Research Topic Description Due via email (to TA)

Friday, February 14, 202

*Statistics Exam 1*

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Method & Results paper due

Friday, February 21, 2020

Last day to change experiment (only if major issues arise and new project is approved)

Monday, March 2, 2020

Stimuli completed for Independent Research Project

Friday, March 6, 2020

*Statistics Exam 2*

Monday, March 9, 2020

Experiment for Independent Research Project ready to run

Begin collecting data

Monday, April 6, 2020

Data collection for Independent Research Project completed

Monday, April 20, 2020

Analysis of data from Independent Research Project completed

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Class presentations begin