PS_BA027 Research practice

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
prof. PhDr. Marek Blatný, DrSc. (lecturer)
Mgr. Vojtěch Juřík, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. David Lacko (seminar tutor)
PhDr. Katarína Šafárová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Marek Blatný, DrSc.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jarmila Valchářová
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Fri 16:00–17:40 K21
Biology, General psychology I, General psychology II, Neuroscience, Statistical methods I, Statistical methods II, Methodology I, Methodology II
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The goal of the course is to make students familiar with the possibilities of using modern psychological research methods, specifically state-of-the-art technologies for tracking of human behavioral and sensorimotor activity. Students acquaint overview over possibilities and limits of chosen methods. Selected methods will be presented in more detail by the research project proposal.
Learning outcomes
After this course student will be able to:
- identify modern trends in psychological research;
- describe and understand principles of modern technologies used for behavioral research;
- critically revise traditional as well as modern methods and technologies in psychological reserach;
- propose psychological research with the use of selected technology and summarize it in a research proposal;
- present research proposal to psychological audience;
  • 1. Criticial revision of current methods and technologies in psychological research
  • 2. Eye-tracking studies in static settings
  • 3. Eye-tracking studies in dynamic settings (mobile ET technology)
  • 4. Research and diagnostics with the use of graphical tablets
  • 5. Neurophysiological research technologies (EEG, fNIRS, fMRI)
  • 6. Physiological correlates in psychological research (blood pressure, heart rates, galvanic skin resistance)
  • 7. Computer testing, spatial cognition research
  • 8. Motion Capture System and motor activity measurements
  • 9. Virtual reality options for the psychological research
    recommended literature
  • POOLE, A., & L. J. BALL (2004). Eye Tracking in Human-Computer Interaction and Usability Research: Current Status and Future Prospects [online]. Lancaster University, UK: Psychology Department. Dostupné z:
  • Barlas, Y. (1996). Formal aspects of model validity and validation in system dynamics. System Dynamics Review, 12(3), 183–210.
  • Faber, J. (1997). EEG atlas do kapsy. Praha: Triton.
  • Clifton, K. J. a Handy, S. L. (2001). Qualitative methods in travel behaviour research. International conference on Transport survey quality and Innovation. Retreived on Januar 4 2013 from
  • Asakura, Y. a Hato, E. (2009).Tracking individual travel behaviour using mobile phones: recent technological development. R. Kitamura, T. Yoshii, T. Yamamoto (Eds.). The Expanding Sphere of Travel Behaviour Research
  • HOLMQVIST, K., NYSTRÖM, M., ANDERSSON, R., DEWHURST, R., HALSZKA, J., VAN DE WEIJER, J. (2011). Eye tracking: A comprehensive guide to methods and measures. Oxford University Press, 560 pp.
  • Rayner, K. (1998). Eye movements in reading and information processing: 20 years of research. Psychological Bulletin, 124, 372–422.
  • DUSCHOWSKI, A. T. (2007). Eye tracking, Methodology, Theory and Practice. Springer – Verlag London Limited, 2007, 321 pp.
  • Miller, J. H. a Page. S. E. (2007). Complex adaptive systems: An introduction to computational models of social life. Princeton, Woodstock: Princenton university press.
  • Popelka, S., Voženílek, V. “Specifying of Requirements for Spatio-Temporal Data in Map by Eye-Tracking and Space-Time-Cube”, in Proceedings of International Conference on Graphic and Image Processing (ICGIP 2012), Singapore, 2012.
  • Kandel - Schwartz - Jessell (eds.) (2000). Principles of Neuroscience. McGraw-Hill.
  • Fisher, W. W. a Mazur, J. E. (1997). Basic and applied research on choice responding. Journal of applied behavior analysis, 30 (3), 387–410.
    not specified
  • Rosenblum, S., Weiss, P. L., & Parush, S. (2004). Handwriting evaluation for developmental dysgraphia: Process versus product. Reading and writing, 17(5), 433-458.
  • Jerald, J. (2016). The VR book: human-centered design for virtual reality. San Rafael, CA: Morgan & Claypool.
Teaching methods
Theoretical preparation, lectures, individual work.
Individual themes will be presented first and afterwards, specific selected methods will be described in more detail, partially with the help of invited external experts, who deal primarily with the specific technologies. Students in groups will elaborate text works associated to the chosen topic, and they will present this work to psychological audience for critical revision.
Assessment methods
The evaluated outcome of the subject is a group research proposal and its follow-up presentation to colleague psychologists. The credit will be given for the good-quality presentation of the meaningful and well-written research proposal.
Criteria of evaluation:
- the adequacy of the used methods/technology for the psychological issue
proposal structure (e.g. IMRAD)
the quality of the group presentation
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
The course is taught annually. The course is taught every week.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2020.
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