Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Understanding Self-Control in Daily Life

This project was expired on 06/30/2017


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Max Halvorson

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Kevin King
Associate Professor
Department: Psychology
Office: Guthrie 333

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Weekly

Direct supervisor of students:

Max Halvorson, Madi Feil, Connor McCabe
Supervisor Title: Doctoral Students
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

Using a mixture of online and in person studies, our lab is seeking to understand how self-control operates in context. How do people successfully pursue their goals, and why do people sometimes fail at that goal pursuit? Our studies test the interplay between context and self-control, and work to understand how this interplay influences goal direct behavior. We have a particular focus on alcohol and drug use behavior, but our work generalizes to multiple behaviors that are influenced by self-control, such as eating behaviors, violence and aggression, and risky sexual behaviors.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: 2
Student commitment: 3 quarters

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
5 % data entry 0 % video taping 0 % animal care
10 % database management 5 % interview subjects 0 % animal observation
10 % encoding data 5 % scheduling appt 0 % surgical techniques
5 % library research 25 % running subjects 0 % histology
20 % data collection 0 % child care 0 % laboratory protocols
    15 % recruiting subjects    

Other:Psychology 101 and 209 required. Psychology 315, 317, or 318 preferred. Students who are interested in applying to graduate school are particularly encouraged to apply (but not required).

Skills / Experience Preferred