Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Visual Attention

This project was expired on 06/30/2016


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Alex White

Faculty Information

Department: Psychology

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Monthly

Direct supervisor of students:

Alex White
Supervisor Title: post-doctoral researcher
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

We are interested in the limits of human perception: how much visual input can you process at once? How does attending selectively to some objects change the way your brain takes in visual information? In the current study, we are focused on the role of divided attention in visual word recognition. We use behavioral tests and eye-tracking to measure how well human observers can perceive displays of quickly flashing words. 499 students will be participants in the experiments, which is a good way to learn how psychophysical studies are implemented. Students will also learn to use Matlab and an eye-tracker. Students may also assist with testing new subjects, developing the next steps of the study, and with data management and analysis. Dr. White, a post-doctoral research fellow, will directly supervise students, guide them through background reading and train them in running the experiments.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 3
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Most of our work is between 9 am and 6pm on weekdays
Student commitment: Minimum 2 consecutive quarters

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
10 % data entry % video taping % animal care
% database management % interview subjects % animal observation
% encoding data % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
% library research 20 % running subjects % histology
60 % data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    10 % recruiting subjects    


Skills / Experience Preferred

We prefer students who have taken a prior course in perception and have some computer programming experience, but that is not required. We encourage participation for multiple quarters.