Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Individual Differences in Cognitive Performance and Behaviors

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Yusuke Shono
Telephone: (206) 685-2958

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Brian Flaherty
Associate Professor
Department: Psychology
Office: Chem Library 029
Telephone: (206) 616-0402

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? As needed

Direct supervisor of students:

Yusuke Shono
Supervisor Title: Postdoctoral Researcher
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? No

Short Project Description

The overall purpose of the project is to investigate cognitive factors that can influence engagement in health behaviors. We are currently running a series of new studies examining the interplay of memory and attitudes on health risk behavior (e.g., alcohol and drug use) and health promotion behavior (e.g., physical activity). Research assistants will help with scheduling research participants, running participants in lab studies, preparing project related materials, reviewing relevant literature, and doing other administrative tasks. Interested students can also learn how to program cognitive experiments and surveys, and code, clean, and analyze research data. Great experience if you are interested in gaining direct research experience.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Weekdays for running research participants. Weekends and evenings possible for other tasks.
Student commitment: Two quarters preferred

499 Responsibilities

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


Skills / Experience Preferred

Interest in research on human memory, attitudes, and/or health behaviors (e.g., substance use, physical activity). Comfortable interacting with research participants. Prior experience running participants and collecting data in a lab study is preferred but not required.