Class Laboratório de Investigação Experimental Clínica

  • Presentation


    This curricular unit consists of teaching contents related to the teaching of methods and specific procedures related to clinical experimental research. In this unit students have access to the most relevant contents for a consistent training in the area of scientific methodologies for clinical research. On the other hand, the unit is eminently practical, where we try to involve students in ongoing projects at the research centre HEI-Lab.

  • Code


  • Syllabus


    PC1: Fundamentals, methods and research designs in clinical experimental psychology

    PC2: In-depth ethical issues in experimental research with clinical populations

    PC3: Models, paradigm selection and experimental stimuli in the study of processes underlying psychopathology

    PC4: Cognitive and emotional processing of relevant stimuli:

    a) Applications in the following contexts:

    i) Anxiety and mood disorders

    ii) Sexual Dysfunctions

    iii) Neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders

    PC5: Emerging Contexts:

    a) Adaptation of experimental paradigms in the transdiagnostic approach of psychopathology

    b) Online applications and use of virtual reality

    PC6: Laboratory setting and equipment to develop virtual reality clinical studies

    PC7: Advanced procedures for the implementation of clinical studies of therapeutic efficacy: Intra and inter-subject


  • Objectives


    LO1: To recognize experimental research methods and designs in their articulation with cognitive and emotional processes associated with psychopathology

    LO2: To deepen the ethical issues of experimental research with clinical populations

    LO3: To apply the main experimental paradigms used in the study of processes underlying psychopathology, including modified paradigms within the transdiagnostic approaches.

    LO4: To examine the use of emerging technologies in clinical experimental research.

    LO5: To implement research techniques to assess information processing of clinically 

    LO6: To analyze the process underpinning the implementation of clinical trials.

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    The teaching methodologies will contemplate the expository method, and especially the articulation with the practice in experimental and laboratory context. Students will be involved in the lines of experimental research underway at the HEI-Lab research center, developing and applying clinical experimental research skills under the supervision of researchers in the field. Students will have the opportunity to manipulate different laboratory signal processing and digital platform development resources for research.

  • References


    Cacioppo, T., Tassinary, L.G., & Bernstson, G.G. (2017). The handbook of psychophysiology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    Myers, A., & Hansen, C. (2012). Experimental psychology. Belmont: Wadsworth.

    Nezu, A.M., & Nezu, C.M. (2008). Evidence-based outcome research: A practical guide to conducting randomized controlled trials for psychosocial interventions. New York: Oxford University Press.

    Power, M., & Dalgleish, T. (2016). Cognition and emotion: From order to disorder. New York: Psychology Press.

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