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FutureStream: Psychology | Measuring the Unmeasurable

Psychologists are obsessed with measuring outcomes. But measuring psychological constructs such as happiness is not quite the same as measuring physical constructs such as the length of a table. This live interactive & certified course invites you on a journey into the intriguing realm of psychological measurements. Together, we’ll compare how we size up emotions versus tangible things, question the reliability of these methods, and consider the ripple effects of any errors we might make. Along the way, you’ll develop a critical eye for such measures and a deeper understanding that measuring emotions goes beyond mere numbers—it’s about unlocking the complexity of human feelings.

This course specially designed for high schoolers introduces them to a university level education in Psychology and its many applications in understanding our world better!

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Dates Eligibility Fees 
Application deadline- Dec 10, 2023


Course dates- Sat, Dec 16, 2023 Sun, Jan 07, 2024

16 Live Teaching Hours over 4 weekends (11AM- 1PM on Saturdays & Sundays).

  • High schoolers studying in grades 9- 12 as on the course commencement date in Dec 2023.
  • Students from India and abroad can apply.
  • Students from all boards can apply.
  • Prerequisites: High level of proficiency in written and verbal English communication.
  • You will be required to submit your latest marksheet in the application form.
Rs 22,000/- +GST
*Refer to fees section of website for inclusions & exclusions


Who is this course for?

This course for high schoolers studying Psychology or considering it for higher education. It’s also ideal for those keen on delving deeper into human behavior and its intricacies.

Prerequisites: High level of proficiency in written and verbal English communication. You will be required to submit your latest marksheet in the application form.

What’s in it for me?

  • Faculty Insights: Dive into psychological measurements with insightful faculty lectures.
  • Group Discussions: Analyze real-world examples of emotional quantification with peer interaction & collaboration.
  • Methodology Exploration: Understand the techniques used in gathering and interpreting psychological data.
  • Hands-on Workshops: Participate in activities that cultivate a critical understanding of emotional measurements.
  • Expert Feedback: Benefit from guidance and reviews by faculty, mentors & industry experts.
  • Futuristic Perspectives: Discuss potential future advancements in the field of emotional quantification and psychology.

What do I take away?

By the end of this course, you will-

  • Understand the merits and limitations of psychological measurements.
  • Evaluate information with a critical eye.
  • Understand what makes a good measurement.
  • Understand that even the best methodology cannot salvage the worst measurements.
  • Appreciate that measuring emotions goes beyond mere numbers, fostering a holistic understanding of human emotions.
  • Gain a futuristic perspective on the advancements in psychological measurements and psychology.


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Session outline

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Lecture module
  • Measurements and Psychometric theory (Reliability, Validity etc.).
  • Measurement exercises-
    • Operationalization of constructs to variables.
    • Reliability analysis in JASP / JAMOVI.
  • The Devil is in the details: Personality Psychology and Testing.   
  • Small Group Work : Ten commandments of scientific thinking (Scott O. Lilienfeld) and examples of each.
  • Finalization of group formation for assignment. 
  • Organizational Psychology and Personnel Selection. 
  • Common psychological biases.
  • Final Presentation: All groups present their research in a learning showcase.
Project module
  • Statistical Literacy and measurements: The case of Intelligence and Rationality.
  • Intelligence testing and learning better.
  • Abnormality in psychology: Small Group Work.
  • Myth busting exercises continue: Spot the bogus claims.
  • Brainstorming and conceptualization of the final project.
  • Stress-Free Presentation: All groups present their ideas for their final submission and receive feedback from the professor and the TF.
  • Science and Pseudoscience: Measurements and mismeasurements.


Grading, Assessments & Certification

All Ashoka Horizons courses offer a certificate on satisfactory completion of the course. The 2 components of student assessment are-

  1. Regular assessments through check out cards (30%)
  2. Final project presentation & submission (70%)


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IT Requirements

This course is administered through an online platform. Students are expected to have a foundational understanding of computer usage, including but not limited to sending emails and conducting Internet searches. Consistent access to the Internet and a computer that aligns with the recommended minimum specifications are also requisite for participation in the course.


Small cohorts. Apply early to secure your seat.

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