Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Social Cognition in Children research: Non-Verbal Social Cues

This project was expired on 01/31/2017


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Allison Skinner
Telephone: (206) 685-1310
Email: allisonlskinner@gmail.com

Faculty Information

Department: Psychology

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? At the students' request

Direct supervisor of students:

Allison Skinner
Supervisor Title: Post-Doctoral Researcher
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

In this research project, we are interested in how children (ages 4-5) develop attitudes toward other people. Specifically we want to know whether children sometimes pick up biases toward or against others by observing the way that adults interact with them. This position will largely consist of interacting with children and parents based on a set interaction script. Seeking someone very reliable who can commit to a set schedule of lab hours for the Winter Quarter, and is available to assist with research for a minimum of two quarters. The Social Cognitive Development Lab in general studies the ways in which children think about the social world around them. We study topics ranging from prejudice and discrimination to prosocial behaviors like sharing and helping to how kids think about ownership. Our studies focus on children aged 3 to 12 years old. We study children in this age group who come to our lab in Guthrie Annex 3, but also in schools and other programs.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 9.5
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: Our lab is open 9am-6pm and we OCCASIONALLY run participants on a weekend day.
Student commitment: We require a 94.5 hour commitment per academic quarter.

499 Responsibilities

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


Skills / Experience Preferred

Basic knowledge of excel, experience interacting with children ages 2-6, excel data entry practice, experience interacting with parents, and any past experience with phone-based participant recruitment is helpful as well. Importantly, we are seeking resourceful, hard-working individuals with a passion for (or interest in learning more about) research and the research process.