Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Infant Social Cognition - Coding Behavioral Data and Facial Expressions

This project was expired on 08/01/2018


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Kelsey Lucca
Telephone: (914) 374-6022

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Jessica Sommerville
Department: Psychology
Office: Guthrie 239
Telephone: (206) 616-3090

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? By appointment

Direct supervisor of students:

Kelsey Lucca
Supervisor Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

We are looking for a research assistant to help with a new project related to infants’ early social and cognitive development. Specifically, we are searching for someone to become a trained coder using the Facial Action Coding System, which is an anatomically based system for describing observable facial movements ( ). The goal of this coding project is to quantify different emotional expressions that infants make as they engage in problem solving behaviors. The RA will work closely with a post-doctoral researcher on the project along with other members of the research team. The RA will also have the opportunity to be involved in other parts of the Early Childhood Cognition lab, if desired.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 9
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Flexible
Student commitment: 1 year commitment

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
45 % data entry % video taping % animal care
5 % database management % interview subjects % animal observation
45 % encoding data % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
5 % library research % running subjects % histology
% data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    % recruiting subjects    


Skills / Experience Preferred

Prior experience coding video data and working with data is preferred. It is also a plus if the applicant has experience working with children and have taken relevant coursework, such as Psych 206 (Developmental Psychology) or Psych 209 (Fundamentals of Psychological Research).