Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Child Development Research in a Science Museum – Living Laboratory

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:

Dario Cvencek, Ph.D.
Supervisor Title: Research Scientist
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

499 students have a unique opportunity to play an important and active role in research taking place at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, at the "Living Laboratory." We study a range of cognitive–affective topics (stereotypes, attitudes, self-concepts, etc.) in children. The primary responsibility of the 499 students would be to speak face-to-face with parents and children at the museum to recruit them for immediate participation in our study. The 499 student will be trained to run the experiments him/herself. Other tasks may include data entry and data management, and other research-related tasks that may arise later. It will be the sole responsibility of the 499 students to transport themselves to Pacific Science Center and I-LABS on time. No transportation will be provided and transportation expenses will not be reimbursed.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6-9
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Flexible. A schedule will be made around the student's availability. Weekends will be required, evenings may be required
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 40 % running subjects % histology
10 % data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    40 % recruiting subjects    


Skills / Experience Preferred

Must have good interpersonal and listening skills. Must be able to speak comfortably with parents and children. Experience with children is preferred, but not required.