Universität Wien FIND

200192 SE Scientific Readings (2021S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 20 - Psychologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 10.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 17.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 24.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 14.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 21.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 28.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 05.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 12.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 19.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 26.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 02.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 09.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 16.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 23.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Wednesday 30.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

In this seminar, you will learn to read, understand, integrate and critically reflect on scientific papers, practice in writing and structuring scientific texts, and develop a first concept for your bachelor thesis.
More specifically, you will:
• Learn how scientific papers are structured, and practice in seeing this structure
• Learn to critically read and extract the “main message” from a research paper
• Learn to summarize and reflect on scientific papers and to integrate different perspectives on the same topic (in oral presentations and short written essays)
• Learn to develop an own research question motivated by existing literature

In the seminar, we will discuss a number of research papers on a range of socio-affective phenomena and their biological basis, with a focus on experimental studies with a biological/neuroscientific emphasis. Topics include:
• Stress and how it is modulated by social and psychological factors
• The effects of music on brain and body
• Effects of social interactions on mind and body
At the end of the seminar, you will develop a first concept for your bachelor thesis, which will have the form of a research proposal. The topic can be based on the research papers provided, but it is also allowed to come up with a topic of your own choice which lies outside of the range of above-mentioned topics.

The first part of the seminar will consist of plenary sessions in which groups of students will present a research paper, a complementary paper, and a short research idea.
You will also hand in 2 short essays, on which you will receive written individual feedback.

In the last part of the seminar, you will work on a first individual thesis concept in small thesis groups of 4 students. In small-scale meetings with the teacher you will receive personal feedback on your concept. This first concept will not be evaluated or “count” for the Scientific Reading Seminar grade, but serves as a preparation for the subsequent bachelor thesis seminar.
In the bachelor thesis seminar in the winter semester, you will continue working in regularly meeting thesis groups on further developing, structuring, and writing your thesis.

Assessment and permitted materials

1. Oral presentation
2. Short essays
3. Active participation in group discussions

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance of the course sessions is mandatory. You are allowed to miss two sessions maximally.

The end grade for the seminar is based on a weighed combination of your performance on the following components of the course:
1. Oral presentation (40%)
2. Short essays (50%)
3. Active participation in group discussions (10%)

Examination topics

The seminar does not contain an exam

Reading list

Will be published on Moodle after the first session

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Tu 08.02.2022 19:48