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EAFITEscuela de VeranoEscuela de Verano / CursosExperimental methods for behavioral science - 2nd Session

Experimental methods for behavioral science - 2nd Session

Course Content

The objective of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the essential principles and techniques for conducting scientific experiments on human behavior. It is tailored for individuals with an interest in doing research (using experimental methods) in areas such as psychology, consumer behavior, judgment and decision making, behavioral economics, organizational behavior, and human performance. The course covers a variety of topics, including the formulation of research hypotheses, the construction of experimental designs, the development of experimental tasks and stimuli, how to avoid confounds and other threats to validity, procedural aspects of administering experiments, the analysis of experimental data, and the reporting of results obtained from experiments.

Dates:  from December 10th  to December 14th

Inversión:  1000 francos Suizos 

Term: 18 hours


Classes are conducted in an interactive seminar format, with extensive discussion of concrete examples, challenges, and solutions.


Specialization, masters, doctorate, and interested people of the field.



Sera Linardi

Sera Linardi is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her PhD in Social Science at the California Institute of Technology after working as a computer scientist at Adobe Systems. She bridges academic research and practical challenges in public/social services provision, specifically around prosocial behavior, information aggregation, and behavior economics of the poor. Her research has been published in both economics and political science journals (Journal of Public Economics, Management Science, Games and Economic Behavior, British Journal of Political Science) and won the 2016 MPSA Best Paper in Comparative Politics Award. Her work is currently supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Heinz Endowment.


Sarah Jacobson 

Sarah Jacobson is an Associate Professor of Economics at Williams College, where she has been since 2010. She completed her PhD in Economics at Georgia State University in 2010 and her Bachelor of Science in Engineering at Harvey Mudd College in 1998. She is an environmental and behavioral economist who studies interactions between preferences and institutions, mostly using laboratory experiments. Her work has been published in top field journals such as Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and Experimental Economics. Specific themes in her work include reciprocity, cases in which social preferences yield inefficient outcomes, and punishment and deterrence. She has current projects on security institutions, proxy decision-making, the enforcement of water pollution regulations, racial bias, and charity donations.