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Page: 7794 (abstract only)
Publication year: 2018
ISBN: 978-84-09-02709-5
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2018.1810

Conference name: 10th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 2-4 July, 2018
Location: Palma, Spain


Y. López Del Hoyo1, M.T. Navarro-Gil1, P. Herrera-Mercadal2, M. Modrego-Alarcón2, J.A. Guallar3, M.C. Pérez-Yus2, J. García-Campayo2

1Universidad de Zaragoza (SPAIN)
2Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Aragón (IIS Aragón) (SPAIN)
3Red de Investigación en Actividades Preventivas y Promoción de la Salud (redIAPP) (SPAIN)
Research is the basis of knowledge. In this paper, we will elaborate on how to incorporate research as a learning tool. The general objective of the subject in which this experience took place, "Fundamentals of Human Behavior", is to ensure that students are able to obtain a general view of Psychology as a discipline and as a profession, as well as to try to understand human behavior through the application of scientific methods and knowledge about the basic psychological processes. In it, scientific methodology is considered especially relevant as a means to advance in knowledge, so that the main research methods in psychology and social sciences are explained, and the learning and internalization of psychological concepts and theories is promoted through the implementation of small investigations in which the students themselves are active agents.

Didactic methodologies used:
One of the main competencies to be acquired is to be able to ask questions in relation to the bases of human behavior and generate small research designs that could answer those questions. These research projects carried out in the classroom try to answer different questions related to the subject content at the time they serve as an exemplification of theoretical concepts. It is relevant to emphasize that it is not only the teacher who proposes the research questions but also the students themselves who propose activities to the rest of the classroom. A simple protocol of investigation is elaborated explaining the objectives, methodology, design, procedure, variables, and results. The students participate either as researchers or as experimental subjects.

Throughout the last years, 24 studies have been carried out for the learning of different psychological concepts. Some of them have been done in different academic courses for their interest and acceptance.

The most relevant are here presented:
a) divided attention and mental flexibility through Trail Making Test (TMT), differences according to sociodemographic variables;
b) Analysis of the existence of biological rhythms and implications in behavior, measuring their alert level for 48 hours;
c) Sleep quality and performance. Use of the Pittsburgh Questionnaire;
d) Mechanisms of memory, students' experimentation in the functioning of memory and the process of remembering and forgetting.

Great satisfaction reported by the students and high achievement of meaningful learning, since the student learns about the foundations of human behavior by framing it in a real context, which will also be their field of work in the near future.- Acquisition of key concepts and psychological developments through the first-hand experience.- Learning of different research methodologies in the scientific study of behavior - Development of positive, proactive, critical and analytical attitude in research.
author = {L{\'{o}}pez Del Hoyo, Y. and Navarro-Gil, M.T. and Herrera-Mercadal, P. and Modrego-Alarc{\'{o}}n, M. and Guallar, J.A. and P{\'{e}}rez-Yus, M.C. and Garc{\'{i}}a-Campayo, J.},
series = {10th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
booktitle = {EDULEARN18 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-09-02709-5},
issn = {2340-1117},
doi = {10.21125/edulearn.2018.1810},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/edulearn.2018.1810},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Palma, Spain},
month = {2-4 July, 2018},
year = {2018},
pages = {7794}}
AU - Y. López Del Hoyo AU - M.T. Navarro-Gil AU - P. Herrera-Mercadal AU - M. Modrego-Alarcón AU - J.A. Guallar AU - M.C. Pérez-Yus AU - J. García-Campayo
SN - 978-84-09-02709-5/2340-1117
DO - 10.21125/edulearn.2018.1810
PY - 2018
Y1 - 2-4 July, 2018
CI - Palma, Spain
JO - 10th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
JA - EDULEARN18 Proceedings
SP - 7794
EP - 7794
ER -
Y. López Del Hoyo, M.T. Navarro-Gil, P. Herrera-Mercadal, M. Modrego-Alarcón, J.A. Guallar, M.C. Pérez-Yus, J. García-Campayo (2018) RESEARCH FOR LEARNING, EDULEARN18 Proceedings, p. 7794.