Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Attention and Visual Recognition

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Dina Popovkina

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor:
Department: Psychology

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Varies; Dr Popovkina will meet with students on a regular bi-weekly basis.

Direct supervisor of students:

Dina Popovkina, PhD
Supervisor Title: Research Associate
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project?

Short Project Description

We are interested in the limits of human perception: how much visual input can you process at once? How does attending selectively to some objects change the way your brain takes in visual information? In the current study, we are investigating the role of divided attention in visual word and object recognition. We use behavioral tests and eye-tracking to measure how well human observers can perceive displays of quickly flashing words, objects, and other stimuli. 499 students will first be participants in the experiments, which is a good way to learn how psychophysical studies are implemented. Students will learn to use Matlab and an eye-tracker. Students will also assist with testing new subjects, developing the next steps of the study, and data management and analysis. More advanced students will assist in the design and lead data collection for their own experiments, and may have the opportunity to become involved in related functional MRI studies.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Varies
Student commitment: 2 quarters minimum

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
0 % data entry 0 % video taping 0 % animal care
0 % database management 0 % interview subjects 0 % animal observation
0 % encoding data 5 % scheduling appt 0 % surgical techniques
0 % library research 50 % running subjects 0 % histology
10 % data collection 0 % child care 0 % laboratory protocols
5 % recruiting subjects

Other:30% will be devoted to developing the student's research skills, including literature review, experimental design, and data analysis

Skills / Experience Preferred

Prior programming experience is useful but not required (the student will learn to use Matlab as part of the project)