Experimental Design and Research Methods

In this course you will learn how a new, collaborative research project is conceived. Three professors from different faculties

- Prof. Dr. Jonas Rose (Psychology),
- Jun.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Nadja Freund (Medicine), and
- Prof. Dr. Robert Schmidt (Computer Science)

come together to showcase the process of starting a new research project. You will learn about the different stages of developing a research project, including brainstorming initial ideas, reviewing the relevant literature, designing the corresponding experiments, as well as planning the relevant data analyses and computational models. The topic of the research project that we will use as an example combines cognitive neuroscience in birds with neuropsychiatric models in rodents and computational neuroscience. The classes will be a mix of group discussions, seminar-style presentations, lab visits, as well as lectures and exercises on modern research methods from the different fields.



Course type
Winter Term 2023/2024


Takes place every week on Monday from 10:00 to 12:00 in room GA 04/187.
First appointment is on 16.10.2023
Last appointment is on 29.01.2024

The Institut für Neuroinformatik (INI) is a central research unit of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. We aim to understand the fundamental principles through which organisms generate behavior and cognition while linked to their environments through sensory systems and while acting in those environments through effector systems. Inspired by our insights into such natural cognitive systems, we seek new solutions to problems of information processing in artificial cognitive systems. We draw from a variety of disciplines that include experimental approaches from psychology and neurophysiology as well as theoretical approaches from physics, mathematics, electrical engineering and applied computer science, in particular machine learning, artificial intelligence, and computer vision.

Universitätsstr. 150, Building NB, Room 3/32
D-44801 Bochum, Germany

Tel: (+49) 234 32-28967
Fax: (+49) 234 32-14210