Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Still Can't Get It Out Of My Mind

This project was expired on 01/16/2018


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Libby Marks

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Lori Zoellner
Department: Psychology
Office: 3935 Univ Way NE
Telephone: (206) 685-3126

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Once weekly in lab meetings

Direct supervisor of students:

Libby Marks
Supervisor Title: Graduate Student
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

This study examines how undergraduate students remember real-world events after exposure to a distressing film paradigm. More specifically, we are investigating why some people remember details very vividly while others remember very little, in order to better understand some of the memory processes implicated in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Participants will be asked to watch a short film segment that contains graphic material and scenes of real-world events. Do participants remember all the vivid details without even trying to recall them? Or do some forget about scenes and images seen in the film? Intrusive memories will be assessed after the first film viewing. Participants will then return and watch the same film paradigm repeatedly as a form of extinction. At various points during the experiment, participants will give saliva samples in order to look at the relationship between cortisol, fear learning, and intrusive memories. We will examine cued vs. uncued extinction training in order to examine the effects of cueing on intrusive memories following extinction. Participants will again be asked about intrusive memories and debriefed 24 hours after the extinction phase.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: Flexible hours within the school week (9 - 5 M - F)
Student commitment: Three academic quarters

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
% data entry % video taping % animal care
% database management 25 % interview subjects % animal observation
% encoding data % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
% library research 75 % running subjects % histology
% data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    % recruiting subjects    


Skills / Experience Preferred

209 (Research Methods) and 305 (Abnormal Psychology) highly recommended. No previous research experience is required, but it is preferred.