PSYC4991 Directed Study Research [4 SH course]
This course offers students the opportunity to participate in the conduct of empirical research. The experience typically involves working on a laboratory or field-based research project under the supervision of a faculty member in the Department. A research paper, oral presentation, or poster presentation of the student’s work is required. Specific areas and interests of faculty research are available on this website.
Before registering for the semester indicated, interested students need to contact and meet with the faculty member in question about the possibility of a research study under their direction.
The following professors will be offering Directed Study Research (PSYC4991) during the 2013-14 academic year:
- Dr. Lisa Barrett (Fall & Spring)
- Dr. Iris Berent (Fall & Spring)
- Dr. Dave DeSteno (Fall & Spring)
- Dr. Judith Hall (Spring & Summer)
- Dr. Derek Isaacowitz (Fall only)
- Dr. Neal Pearlmutter (Fall & Spring)
- Dr. Adam Reeves (Fall & Spring)
- Dr. Nancy Kim (Fall, Spring & Summer)
Please note: The number of openings for Directed Study research is dependent on available space, faculty needs, and any prerequisite skills and/or courses that may be required for the research project.
The following are examples of Directed Study positions currently available; this is not an exhaustive list, and you should feel free to contact any of the professors listed above if you are interested in working with them!
- The Phonology and Reading lab is seeking students interested in Directed Study. The lab studies the basis of the human capacity for language from a broad interdisciplinary perspective. Our research includes infants and adults, we study various languages—both spoken (e.g., English, Mandarin, Hebrew) and signed, and use a variety of research methods. Activities include assisting with running human subjects (either undergraduate students or infants), coding results, and participating in lab meetings (held weekly on Thursdays, from 3-4 pm.). The total time commitment is approximately 10 hours. We are especially interested in applicants with knowledge of American Sign Language. Interested students should contact Xu Zhao or Amanda Dupuis.
- The Lifespan Emotional Development Lab (LEDlab) is seeking motivated undergraduate students to join the lab as research assistants, starting in the summer semester. The LEDlab investigates how emotional experience, emotion regulation, and emotion recognition vary from adulthood to old age. Our studies use a variety of methods including eye tracking, psychophysiological recording, continuous mood recording, as well as cognitive and behavioral assessment. Research assistants become a part of an active community of students and researchers interested in the study of affective science from a developmental perspective. While in the lab, research assistants in the lab learn a variety of skills, including how to recruit participants, use eye tracking and other equipment, and to collect and process data. Each research assistant is trained generally in lab procedures and then works specifically and in-depth on one particular lab project, in collaboration with one of the lab’s more senior members. Students should have taken basic coursework in psychology, including statistics, a good attitude and comfort with learning new computer programs and interfacing with technology. Research assistants are required to spend approximately 8 hours per week in the lab, plus attending a mandatory lab meeting once a week. If you are interested in finding out more, or applying to join the LEDlab, please email Stacy Marcotte, lab manager. You can also read more about the lab on our website.