Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

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This project was expired on 01/01/2018


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Katja Waldron
Telephone: (206) 543-0752

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Mary Larimer
Professor, Psychology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Department: Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Office: 45th St Plaza - 312
Telephone: (206) 543-3513

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Several times per quarter - as needed

Direct supervisor of students:

Katja Waldron & Dana Litt
Supervisor Title: Research Assistant & Principal Investigator
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

This research study will be the first study to focus on experimentally manipulating both injunctive and descriptive norms on Facebook in order to investigate the relationship between Facebook profile content and viewer health behavior, specifically high-risk alcohol use. The proposed study is both significant and innovative in that it uses a theoretical perspective to experimentally test the impact of alcohol content, in particular abstainer norms, on Facebook on adolescent alcohol use and related cognitions. Research assistants would be instrumental in helping to schedule participants, run in-person sessions, and recruit participants. Duties would include - recruiting local young adults in-person, preparing assessment materials, assisting with survey beta testing, managing advertisements, conducting literature searches on relevant topics, contacting participants, scheduling participants, running participant sessions, and other administrative/clerical tasks.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Preferred in-lab times between 9:00am and 5:00pm, some weekends and evenings OK
Student commitment: Two quarters preferred

499 Responsibilities

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


Skills / Experience Preferred

Students interested in alcohol and substance use, social networking site use, life transitions, and other health behaviors - Students comfortable spending time interacting with participants (& parents of underage participants) in person and on the phone - Interest/skill in Facebook and advertising are a plus - Students who have taken Psych 209 and Psych 315 (or Psych 317/318) are preferred, but those courses are not prerequisite to signing up for this 499. *** Interview required for this 499 ***