Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Human Color Vision

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Steven Buck
Telephone: (206) 543-6789
Email: sbuck@uw.edu

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor:
Department: Psychology

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Weekly to direct data collection

Direct supervisor of students:

Steven Buck
Supervisor Title: Professor of Psychology
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

The overall goal of this study is to determine how signals originating from rod and cone photoreceptors interact to influence human color vision. Various psychophysical methods are used to compare color vision performance under stimulus conditions designed to isolate targeted visual pathways. 499 students typically participate in this project as observers in experiments. Also, depending on student interest and experience, students may be involved in data entry/analysis, apparatus calibration, and presentation of research finding. Periodic meetings will be held to review and discuss related research.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 7-9
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Flexible
Student commitment: 2 quarters

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
0 % data entry 0 % video taping 0 % animal care
0 % database management 0 % interview subjects 0 % animal observation
0 % encoding data 0 % scheduling appt 0 % surgical techniques
0 % library research 0 % running subjects 0 % histology
100* % data collection 0 % child care 0 % laboratory protocols
    0 % recruiting subjects    

Other:*Initial duties involve data collection. As students gain more experience they may become more involved in discussions of experimental design, and data analysis and interpretation. Longer term students are typically listed as co-authors of resulting publications. Highly interested students can become involved in written publication and/or oral presentations of the studies.

Skills / Experience Preferred