Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Early Understanding of Social Status & Prosocial Behavior In Young Children

This project was expired on 10/06/2017


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Elizabeth Ake & Annie Fast

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Kristina Olson
Associate Professor
Department: Psychology
Office: Guthrie 217
Telephone: (206) 616-1371

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Usually leads one lab meeting. 499 students will also have weekly lab meetings led by the graduate students.

Direct supervisor of students:

Elizabeth Ake and Annie Fast
Supervisor Title: Graduate Students
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

Research assistants would work directly with two graduate students in the Social Cognitive Development Lab, run by Dr. Kristina Olson. 499 students will have the opportunity to work on multiple projects. They include looking at children's early understanding of social hierarchies as well as a project investigating early sharing and expectations for sharing behavior. During your commitment of 9hrs/week, you will assist with recruiting participants, running participants in research studies, performing literature reviews, helping with administrative tasks, and maintaining our data files.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 9 hours/week
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Typically lab is open Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm. However, we also occasionally run weekend appointments.
Student commitment: 2 Quarters

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
10 % data entry % video taping % animal care
10 % database management % interview subjects % animal observation
10 % encoding data 35 % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
% library research 25 % running subjects % histology
% data collection 10 % child care % laboratory protocols
    % recruiting subjects    


Skills / Experience Preferred

Experience with young children (under age 5) preferred but not required.