Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Implicit Cognition about Drinking (ICAD)

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Cecilia Olin & Kirsten Peterson
Email: olin2@uw.edu

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor:

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? As needed/scheduled

Direct supervisor of students:

Kirsten Peterson, B.S., Cecilia Olin, B.A. & Kristen Lindgren, Ph.D.
Supervisor Title: Research Coordinator, and Associate Professor
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

Project iCAD: The overarching objective of the project is to improve the prediction of hazardous in college students. The second of three studies launched in Spring 2015, and includes in-person lab sessions. Dual process models posit that both explicit (slow, reflective) cognitive processes and implicit (fast, reflexive) cognitive processes contribute to addictive behaviors. However, alcohol research has emphasized explicit processes, which may leave implicit processes unaccounted for which may become increasingly important as addictive behaviors become established. Research assistants will play an important primary role in running the remaining participants in the lab, conducting data analysis on the large data sets and will be trained in the use of computer software to design and deliver IATs (Implicit Association Tests; see Project Implicit’s website for examples) and other questionnaires. Research assistants may also assist in scheduling and conduct literature searches on relevant research topics, as well as assisting in manuscript and poster preparation as needed.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: Exact times depend on study schedule (hours between 10am and 6pm)
Student commitment: Two quarters, 2-3 credits each quarter

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
5 % data entry % video taping % animal care
20 % database management 15 % interview subjects % animal observation
% encoding data 15 % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
5 % library research 30 % running subjects % histology
% data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    10 % recruiting subjects    


Skills / Experience Preferred

• Interest in research on alcohol and implicit measures (e.g. the IAT). • Comfortable spending time in person and on the phone with participants. • Comfortable with computers and willing to learn new software and programs.