Experimental Design


1. Present the theory and practice of experimental methodology
2. Provide students with how to design, conduct and analyze experiments in any field of knowledge
3. Develop the ability to conduct experimental studies

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Diego Costa Pinto


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language

Portuguese. If there are Erasmus students, classes will be taught in English




-Campbell, D.T. (2002) Experimental and Quasi-Ex perimental Designs for Generalized Causal Influence, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.
-Hayes, A. F. (2013). Introduction to mediation, moderation, and conditional process analysis: A regression-based approach. Guilford Press.

Teaching method


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Subject matter

The curricular unit is organized in the following Learning Units:
1. Introduction: Experiments and behavioral research
2. Theoretical Assumptions of Experimental Design (validity, causality)
3. How to develop a contribution and hypotheses using Experimental Design
4. Randomization and Design of Experiments (between and within subjects)
5. Types of Studies: Field, Laboratory, and Survey settings
6. Power and Sample Size
7. Measuring, Priming, and Manipulating Variables
8. Manipulation Checks, control variables, covariates, and confounds
9. Internal and External Validity
10. Developing an Experimental Plan
11. Working with Series of Experiments
12. Types of Analysis: Main Effects and Interaction Effects
13. Contrasts and Multiple Comparisons
14. Advanced Experimental Design: Moderation and Mediation
15. Writing and publishing an experimental paper