Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Video coding for a novel iPad-based experiment for Swedish infants and toddlers

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Kelsey Jackson
Telephone: (206) 987-2427

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Sara Jane Webb
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology
Department: Psychology
Office: BRU/Autism Project CHDD, Room CD314C
Telephone: (206) 221-6461

Does faculty advisor meet with students?


Direct supervisor of students:

Kelsey Jackson
Supervisor Title: Clinical Research Associate
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? No

Short Project Description

Join a new video coding team for an innovative project led by Dr. Fred Shic and the Seattle Children's Innovative Technologies Lab. This new project involves a novel app which will deploy to the App Store soon and allow families to participate in research from within their own home. Your role would be to consolidate data submitted by families both in the US and Sweden and then code the videos for behavioral data. You will learn to use ELAN video coding systems, run Python scripts, and, with a longer term commitment, will possibly be allowed to assist in processing initial data. There is also the possibility of assisting in other on-going lab projects as needed. Additionally, those with a high enough commitment level will have the opportunity of assistance in preparations to present their efforts at the UW's or Seattle Children's Hospital's Undergraduate Research Symposium. Priority given to those able to work more than 3 hours/week

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 3
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: Availability must be within M-F from 8:30-5:00
Student commitment: 3 quarter minimum

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
20 % data entry % video taping % animal care
% database management % interview subjects % animal observation
80 % encoding data % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
% library research % running subjects % histology
% data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    % recruiting subjects    


Skills / Experience Preferred

No previous research experience required, but a high level of attention to detail and ability to self-motivate are critical. Also, ability to commute reliably to downtown office is required.