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Experimental Methods

Lund Social Sciences Methods Centre

Experimental methods in the social sciences are invaluable for gaining a deep understanding of human behaviour, cognition, and social interaction. They offer a rigorous way to test hypotheses, establish causal relationships, and build explanatory models that hold significant theoretical and applied importance.

Memory research. Photo.
Experimental Methods offer a rigorous way to test hypotheses and establish causal relationships, among other things. Photo: Gunnar Menander

The experimental methods pillar brings together researchers with an interest in quantitative approaches to consolidate, share, and enhance expertise spanning a spectrum of methodologies. These include:

  • lab-based and natural setting experiments
  • controlled trials
  • longitudinal studies
  • designs emphasising within- and between-subject comparisons
  • standardised tests
  • mediation and moderation
  • multivariate analytical techniques
  • eye-tracking
  • neuroimaging
  • and psychophysiological tools


Mikael Johansson
Department of Psychology
mikael [dot] johansson [at] psy [dot] lu [dot] se (mikael[dot]johansson[at]psy[dot]lu[dot]se)