Assessment of Individual Differences
This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to the field of psychological assessment. The term psychological assessment is used here in a broad sense to include the measurement of human skills or abilities, aptitudes, values, and aspects of psychological functioning such as personality and psychopathology. Throughout the semester, we will examine reliability, validity, test construction, individual tests in intelligence and personality, and special issues in diagnostic interviewing, and cross-cultural assessment. By the end of the course, students will have the tools to critically evaluate existing assessment instruments when applied to specific populations. Because the best way to learn about the principles of test construction is to try them out, students will complete a semester-long group project involving the design, administration, and psychometric evaluation of an assessment tool. Prerequisite: GPSY 5130.