Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Intergenerational Transfer of Beliefs About Math

This project was expired on 08/31/2018


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Craig Maddox

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Andrew Meltzoff
Professor Co-director, UW Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences
Department: Psychology
Office: CHDD - 357
Telephone: (206) 685-2045

Does faculty advisor meet with students?


Direct supervisor of students:

Craig Maddox
Supervisor Title: Research Study Assistant/Lab Manager
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? No

Short Project Description

499 students have a unique opportunity to play an important and active role in research taking place in Seattle-area schools. We are studying a range of cognitive–affective topics (stereotypes, attitudes, self-concepts, etc.) in children, parents, and teachers. The primary responsibility of the 499 students would be to run our experiment with children at the schools. The 499 students will be trained to run the experiments him/herself, but will be accompanied by other researchers. Other tasks may include data entry and data management, and other research-related tasks that may arise later. Transportation to the schools will be provided via carpool. This project has very demanding availability requirements: The 499 students must have one full day each week with no other classes. In other words, you must have at least one day per week, Monday through Thursday (not Friday), on which you are available from 7:30am-5:00pm. This is required because you and the other researchers may be at the school for the entire school day. You must also be willing to wake up early and be ready to go by approximately 7:30am on the days you go to the schools (though that time may change in the future).

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6-9
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: May work between 7:30am-5pm on one weekday per week (not Fridays). This means you must have one full day each week with no other classes.
Student commitment: 2-3 quarters

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
10 % data entry % video taping % animal care
% database management % interview subjects % animal observation
% encoding data % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
% library research 90 % running subjects % histology
% data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    % recruiting subjects    


Skills / Experience Preferred

Experience with children is preferred. You may be asked to undergo a background check in order to work in the schools.