Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Social Cognition in Adults and Children

This project was expired on 12/07/2018


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Jessica Glazier

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:

Jessica Glazier
Supervisor Title: Graduate Student
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

Research assistants would work directly with a graduate student in the Social Cognitive Development Lab, run by Dr. Kristina Olson. 499 students will have the opportunity to work on multiple projects. They include projects investigating what kind of information 3-5 year-old children automatically remember when they encounter strangers (do children as young as three automatically encode gender?) and investigating adult’s perceptions of transgender children (children whose gender identity does not align with the sex they were assigned at birth). During your commitment of 9hrs/week, you will assist with recruiting and scheduling 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
% database management % interview subjects % animal observation
10 % encoding data 35 % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
5 % library research 30 % running subjects % histology
% data collection 10 % child care % laboratory protocols
    % recruiting subjects    


Skills / Experience Preferred

Experience with young children (3-5-year-olds) preferred but not required.