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Listed below are only some of the DIS opportunities for undergraduates. For example, this list does not include any animal research being conducted by faculty in the neuroscience division of our department. For students interested in a neuroscience DIS involving animal research, you should go to our listing of neuroscience faculty to view the research interests of each professor in the neuroscience division. You should then contact the professors in that division whose research you find interesting to find out about DIS opportunities in their labs. The listings below are from Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental, Social Psych, and Applied Behavior Analysis labs. The number and type(s) of DIS that you should participate in will depend on your career goals. For more information, contact a faculty member in your area of interest, or contact Dr. Michael Kaschak, the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Psychology: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIS Opportunities in the Cognitive and Affective
The Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (CAN) laboratory is recruiting motivated and reliable undergraduate students to assist research team with their research projects.
The CANLab focuses on the research of the psychological and neural underpinnings of emotion processing and emotion-cognition interactions. We apply multiple approaches and methodologies, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), event-related potentials (ERPs), autonomic physiology and sensory psychophysics, to understand basic cognitive and affective mechanisms in emotion processing. Ongoing research includes studies on:
· Enhanced olfactory sensory perception of threat in anxiety;
The goal of the DIS of CANLab is to provide students a unique set of substantial experimental skills, critical thinking, and a wealth of experience and guidance. Under direct supervision of the Director or staff, student research assistants will be trained to:
· Recruit experiment participants;
· Able to commit to two consecutive semesters;
Interested students should email their CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and a brief letter of interest to CANLab at: email@example.com.
DIS in the Learning, Memory, and Language Lab
The Learning, Memory, and Language lab explores different aspects of language learning, language comprehension, and language production. We are interested in addressing questions about how we get meaning from language, how our language patterns change as a function of the behavior of other people, and how cognitive capacities (such as memory) shape the way we use language. DIS students help us develop and run experiments, and attend lab meetings where we discuss our research. Applicants should have a GPA > 3.0, and be willing to commit two semesters to the lab.
Interested students should contact Dr. Michael Kaschak (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Children's Learning Clinic
Research in the Children's Learning Clinic (CLC) focuses on understanding the relationship among cognitive, behavioral, and educational outcomes for children with ADHD within the context of positive youth development. We use cutting edge technology and classic experimental design to better understand why children with ADHD display the hallmark ADHD behavioral symptoms (inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity) and associated functional challenges. The goal of CLC research is to translate these findings into effective treatments for children with ADHD that build their capabilities and promote positive outcomes.
We are interested in working with motivated and tenacious undergraduate research assistants. We look for students who are motivated to learn, who possess the potential to excel in clinical science, and whose career goals include graduate school in clinical child psychology or related fields. Volunteer positions require a 10-hour per week commitment for a minimum of 2 consecutive semesters.
Research assistants will have the opportunity to interact directly with children with ADHD and other clinical disorders, as well as learn valuable lab and data skills to increase their competitiveness for graduate school admissions. Students may also have the opportunity to observe and learn evidence-based behavioral management treatment for children with disruptive behavior disorders. High achieving CLC research assistants in the past have earned the opportunity to co-author conference presentations, book chapters, and peer reviewed journal articles.
Minimum requirements are:
· 3.4 GPA or higher
Interested students should email their CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and a brief letter of interest to Dr. Kofler.
Contact: Dr. Kofler, email@example.com.
Language and Cognitive Development Laboratory:
Have you ever wondered how we learn language? The Language and Cognitive Development laboratory explores the cognitive foundations of language comprehension and learning in children and adults.
DIS students in this lab have the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of tasks including: carrying out behavioral and eye-tracking studies with adults and children, developing child-friendly visual and experimental stimuli, data-coding and entry, and recruiting families in the community. All DIS students are expected to participate in a weekly lab meeting that consists of discussion of current projects and some readings.
We are looking for serious students who are enthusiastic about learning about language development. You should be conscientious, punctual, and have strong interpersonal and technical skills. Students who have an interest in pursuing careers in cognitive or developmental research, speech and language pathology, educational and related areas make the best match for these positions.
Minimum requirements are:
· 3.3 GPA or higher
Please contact Dr. Arielle Borovsky at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
You can complete an application here: http://tinyurl.com/lntfujv
DIS opportunities in the Categorization Lab
The Categorization Lab needs DIS students for Spring 2015. We study how people learn to categorize visual objects and how knowledge about the world alters visual perception. Students will collect electrophysiological and behavioral data and senior lab members will have the opportunity to process electrophysiological data.
· 3.5 GPA
If you have questions, please email Jonathan Folstein: email@example.com.
Research Training Opportunity for Student Veterans
Dr. Thomas Joiner, director of the Military Suicide Research Consortium, is accepting applications for a new research training program at FAMU, FSU, and TTC for student veterans.
The focus of the initiative is to provide general research training in the social and behavioral sciences, with applications to military suicide prevention research. The commitment includes attending research skills training workshops at FSU and using those skills to contribute to ongoing research projects. There is a possibility that advanced students may be able to make more substantial contributions to supervised projects.
· Must be able to provide proof of veteran status
If interested, please email your resume or CV to Matt Michaels at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIS Opportunities in the Individual Differences in Cognition (IDCd) Lab
DIS students are needed for Spring 2015 developmental psychology research in Dr. Hart's lab, IDCd. Research in the IDCd lab focuses on understanding what makes people different from each other on educationally relevant outcomes (e.g., learning to read).
For the Spring semester, DIS students will primarily be doing data entry of child-level archival achievement/cognitive assessment data and follow-up questionnaires for Project KIDS. In addition DIS students may assist with mailing questionnaires for follow-up with the parents of the children. The purpose of this project is to better understand children's response to school-based reading interventions. DIS students also will be asked to take part in a weekly lab meeting which may lead to opportunities to present and publish data from the lab.
· 3.0 or better overall GPA
Interested students may apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1BysumJDmz65VKPpDokOdNAOBh6god4U92npHZWmNZ0g/viewform
For questions email: email@example.com.
Male Body Image DIS Opportunity Spring 2015
Psychology professor, Dr. Pamela Keel, and her graduate student, Tiffany Brown, M.S., are seeking male undergraduate research assistants for the FSU Eating Behaviors Research Clinic beginning in the Spring 2015.
Undergraduate Research Assistants will be trained to co-lead a body acceptance program for men. Excellent opportunity for gaining clinical research experience!
Other responsibilities in addition to co-leading the groups will include:
· Putting up flyers
We are seeking highly motivated students meeting the following criteria:
· 3.0 GPA or higher
Research Opportunity in Applied Psychology:
How can we adapt roadways to accommodate an aging population? Do some crosswalk designs give drivers a perceptual advantage in spotting crossing pedestrians? Can we improve the safety of bicyclists?
Research assistants are needed for the Aging Driver And Pedestrian Safety research (ADAPtS) labs for the Summer and Fall 2014 semesters. This lab applies fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology in real world (and simulated) transportation environments and makes recommendations which affect policy. We also have opportunities for those seeking an Honors Thesis.
The lab boasts a Driving Simulator, a Portable Eye-Tracker, and an off-campus closed track facility.
Among the opportunities available in our lab are:
· Run driving simulations, lab, and field tasks
Please contact Kimberly Barajas at firstname.lastname@example.org if you:
· Are motivated, reliable, and punctual
Women's Mental Health DIS:
Dr. Heather A. Flynn is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor & Vice Chair for Research at the FSU College of Medicine. Her research focuses on improving identification and treatment of depression in women, especially around the time of childbearing.
Her current studies aim to document the rates of depression detection and treatment in childbearing women. In order to accomplish this, she is initiating a depression screening process and infrastructure for clinical research in health care practices serving women in the community. The overall goal of this research project is to improve the effectiveness of treatments.
Individuals working on these projects can expect to be involved in the following activities:
· conducting in-person recruitment of patients at health care sites in communities
** There are also opportunities to be involved in presentations and publication of data.
· GPA of 3.2 or higher
If interested, please contact research assistant, Sarah McElhaney. E-mail: email@example.com.
Expert Performance Laboratory (Cognitive Area) – K. Anders Ericsson Lab
The Ericsson Lab is looking for motivated individuals who have a general interest in expertise and skilled performance. Our lab is primarily involved in research on high-level performers and the mechanisms that mediate their skill. Examples of our previous and current research areas include deliberate practice, intelligence, memory, verbal reports, and problem solving. Work in the lab involves data entry & collection, transcription of verbal report protocols, periodic lab meetings, and discussion of relevant research areas.
At least a 3.0 Cumulative GPA and Sophomore standing
If you are interested, please send a CV or resume to Tyler Towne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Cougle Lab!
Volunteer and DIS opportunities available for Summer/Fall 2015.
We are looking for motivated, hard-working students who are interested in gaining research experience for graduate school.
Students are involved with research on anxiety disorders with an emphasis on:
· obsessive-compulsive disorder
· Minimum 3.5 GPA
To find out more about our research, go to: http://www.psy.fsu.edu/~couglelab/index.htm
If you are interested in applying to our lab, contact Ashleigh Harvey: email@example.com.
DIS in Teacher Quality Research
What is good teaching and how can we prepare effective teachers? If you are interested in learning more about these issues and assisting in research projects focused on topics ranging from teacher self-regulation, preservice teacher reflection, preservice teacher self-efficacy for content-area reading instruction, online-literacy coaching interactions, to student goal-setting, then contact us! Depending on your interests and the status of particular projects, you may get experience at all steps of the research process. We also have you complete an annotated bibliography on a related research topic of your choice.
Minimum requirements for prospective DIS students:
· 3.0 GPA or higher
Apply by emailing Alysia Roehrig: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIS Opportunity in Clinical Psychology in Joiner Lab
Dr. Thomas Joiner is accepting new DIS students for Spring 2015.
DIS students would have the opportunity to gain valuable experience with clinical psychology research, particularly in the understanding of suicidal behavior and associated phenomena in both student and clinical inpatient populations.
· Motivated, works well independently
DIS OPPORTUNITY IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY:
Dr. Ashby Plant will be accepting new DIS students for the Summer & Fall semesters of 2015 starting April 1, 2015. All of the positions for the Spring 2015 semester have been filled at this time.
This competitive DIS opportunity offers hands-on experience conducting social psychology research as well as important support to prepare for graduate school.
Research in Dr. Plant's lab includes issues related to stereotypes and prejudice. The lab's DIS students are directly involved in conducting research on these topics. To learn more about Dr. Plant's research, visit her Web page at: http://www.psy.fsu.edu/faculty/plant.dp.html.
· GPA of 3.0
· If you are interested in a DIS in the Plant Lab, please contact Jennifer Lacosse after April 1, 2015 at: email@example.com.
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Join us in the Baumeister lab!
Check out our lab website at: http://www.psy.fsu.edu/~baumeisterticelab/dis.html for more details.
Applications will be posted online by October 13, 2014.
DIS Opportunity for Research
Spring 2015 Dr Lonigan's Lab
Successful applicants will learn to operate high-precision eye-tracking technology and state-of-the-art software for data collection and processing. The administration of an experiment will be simple enough for a reliable student to become proficient in a short time, but the possibilities for involvement at all levels of the process are extensive, from experiment design and construction to data processing and analysis.
Environment-relevant eye-movement is a pervasive, continuous behavior that can be recorded and analyzed to reveal perceptual and cognitive processes involved in negotiating a complex environment such as a search display or passage of text. Eye-movement behavior is used extensively and profitably in psychology and neuroscience. Learn the basics here!
If you meet the following requirements, please apply by contacting Dr. John Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org).
· GPA of 3.0 or higher
DIS Opportunity for Research in Attention and Literacy in Dr. Lonigan's Lab
If you enjoy interacting with and learning about the behavior of young children, then this is the DIS opportunity for you. Work will include assisting in the creation of behavioral tasks and engaging in the administration of behavioral tasks as well as measures of literacy in area preschools. It is a great chance to get experience assessing young children!
· GPA of 3.0 or higher
DIS Opportunities for Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 in Dr. Phillips' Educational Psychology Early Childhood Literacy and Behavior Research Lab in the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR)
We are seeking 3-5 interested students per semester with interest in early childhood development and applied educational and psychological research. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.2. Students will assist on research projects related to language development and language intervention in grades preschool through third grade and to also assist on projects related to vocabulary instruction and approaches to learning and self-regulation in three and four year old children. Participants must be able to work in the research team location at the satellite campus at Innovation Park, home of the FCRR. Preferred students will have reliable transportation for potential work out in area schools.
Interested students should contact Dr. Phillips at email@example.com.
DIS Opportunity for Research on Bilingual Literacy Development in Children
Do you enjoy working with children and learning about child development? Are you bilingual in English and Spanish? We are looking for 6-8 students to help collect data on how children who are native Speakers of Spanish learn to read. Responsibilities will include developing implicit measures of children's vocabularies in each of their languages and administering measures of literacy skills to 1st and 2nd grade bilingual children in the greater Tallahassee area. Following data collection, responsibilities will shift towards coding and entering data.
· 3.0 GPA or higher
Research will take place from Summer 2014 to Spring 2015. Participation in more than one semester is preferred, but not required.
Three credit hours (9 hour weekly commitment). If interested, please contact Marc Goodrich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIS Opportunity in Clinical Psychology and Neurophysiological Research!
Are you interested in gaining valuable research experience in clinical psychology? Are you interested in learning about Electroencephalography (EEG) research? The Schmidt Lab is seeking motivated, conscientious students to join our research team as either clinical or neurophysiology DIS. Students will be exposed to all stages of research in clinical psychology, with specific emphasis on anxiety disorders, including:
· Social Anxiety Disorder
Requirements: Minimum 3.5 GPA, ability to commit for at least 2 semesters.
For more information, contact Nicole Short email@example.com. Please note in your email if you are specifically interested in getting involved in neurophysiological research.
Twin Research on Reading, Behavior, and Environment
This project involves mailed surveys to twins throughout the state of Florida. We need 4 undergraduate students for Fall 2014 to assist with scoring writing data.
· Psychology Major
Interested students may apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Md8Ao-opAJuP4FvBmkUKbav7D1PX1kgw80WZ2aN1c9s/viewform
If interested, please contact Caitlin Smith at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research on Emotion
We will be starting a new project examining non-suicidal self-injury and emotion. We need 2 undergraduate students to help run participants in the lab. Interested students will have the opportunity to learn how psychophysiology is used in a research setting and will receive training on how to use psychophysiological equipment.
· Psychology major
Students must commit to one year in the lab - STARTING FALL 2014 THROUGH FALL 2015 - under the PSY 4920 research topics mechanism.
To apply, please go to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1IUbLncMHv14DxDDGYuFzmSnn2se0p5Xs0mnG-CqM59c/viewform
Questions? Contact Caitlin Smith: email@example.com.
The Florida State University Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement, under the direction of Drs. Neil Charness and Walter Boot, seeks DIS students for the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters. Our projects examine how computer technology can be successfully designed and effectively taught to adults across the lifespan, with an emphasis on improving technology use and acceptance among older adults.
Benefits of enrolling in the C.R.E.A.T.E. include:
· Hands-on experience administering psychological and cognitive ability tests.
We train our DIS in every aspect of running a research project, as well as preparing them for the graduate school experience.
Requirements for enrolling:
· Minimum GPA of 3.0.
Preference will be given to students who can stay for multiple semesters! For more information, please contact Kenneth Blocker at: firstname.lastname@example.org
DIS Opportunity at Florida Center for Reading Research
DIS students are needed for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 research at the Florida Center for Reading Research. The focus of the DIS will be on shadowing FCRR Research staff and experiencing the various tasks associated with the management of a large scale research project. Current projects include the instruction/development of standardized assessments that focus on reading comprehension as well as interventions targeted toward behavior and early childhood literacy outcomes. For the Fall and Spring semester, DIS students will primarily be doing data entry of child-level assessment data for the Reading for Understanding Project. The purpose of this project is to better understand children's response to school-based reading interventions. DIS students will also be asked to participate in administrative tasks to include organizing, cataloging, and filing child-level assessment data.
There is a possibility that advanced students may be able to make more substantial contributions (Participating in Assessments or Observations) to supervised projects.
· Minimum 3.0 GPA
If interested, please email your resume to Jonathan Klepper at: email@example.com
DIS Related to Putting a Psychology Course Online
This DIS is not related to research. Rather, it involves helping with the process of putting the Careers in Psychology class online. To do this, a couple students are needed to review videos of professionals discussing their career area. Your job will be to evaluate whether certain content is covered in a clear and engaging way. In the process, you should learn a lot about different career areas related to psychology, as well as learn a little about putting courses online. This is the first class in the psychology department to be put online, so we will be experimenting with different formats.
· GPA 3.2 or above
Interested students should send an email to Dr Barbara Licht firstname.lastname@example.org and include their schedule of availability for an interview. Including your resume is also helpful.