Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Interaction Between Human and Cat Personality

This project was expired on 06/30/2018


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Saethra Jade Fritscher

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: James Ha
Research Professor Emeritus
Department: Psychology
Office: Guthrie 309
Telephone: (206) 543-7494

Does faculty advisor meet with students?


Direct supervisor of students:

Saethra Jade Fritscher
Supervisor Title: Graduate Student
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? No

Short Project Description

Humans have personality traits that contribute to the success of their interpersonal relationships. it has been shown that domestic cats may also have similar personality traits. This project's main goal is to identify whether these traits shared in common by these two species can be used to predict the success of cat adoptions at a local animal shelter.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: To be decided
Student commitment: One quarter

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
45 % data entry % video taping % animal care
10 % database management % interview subjects % animal observation
% encoding data % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
% library research % running subjects % histology
45 % data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    % recruiting subjects    

Other:The student who signs up for this 499 opportunity will spend about half their time on data entry. This project has been underway for 10 months and has collected survey data that needs to be entered into a computer database. The other half of the time, the student will be collecting data about individual cats. This data is in the animal shelter database and the student will learn how research is conducted using shelter data, as well as how to read animal medical records, and how to identify cat breeds.

Skills / Experience Preferred

General knowledge of animal behavior through one of several animal-related courses is preferred, as well as psychology/biology majors. Students interested in going on to graduate school in an animal behavior-related field are given high priority for participating, as are students with higher G.P.A.’s. We will train research assistants in all other skills required to collect behavioral data.