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We are looking for smart students who want to do and learn about active research work!

If you are interested in becoming involved in our lab in Summer or Fall 2018, click here to download the application. Please e-mail your completed application and direct any questions to Heather Maranges ( When you submit your application, use the subject line ‘DIS Application Jane Smith’(replace Jane Smith with your first and last name). In order to be eligible for the DIS, you must have at least sophomore standing and be available for our weekly lab meetings.


Project Description:

Our lab is involved in a variety of research projects, most of which are related to the study of the social psychology of the self, such as self-control, self-esteem, and free will. Individual descriptions of these projects will be provided by graduate students in the lab at the informational meeting early in the semester and can be found also in the application. At the informational meeting, potential research assistants are presented with the various research projects to be conducted that semester and are allowed to identify the projects that interests them. Projects in recent semesters include research on individual differences in the way people experience exclusion or rejection by others, the consequences of controlling thoughts or emotions, and how people react to being outperformed (or outperforming) others. We use a broad range of methods in our research, including surveys and questionnaires, high-impact situational manipulations, priming and reaction time tasks, film clips, and pictures. People working in our lab have the opportunity to gain experience with these methods at multiple stages of the research process, and we value the input research assistants have in this process.

Last but not least, Dr. Tice and Dr. Baumeister are dynamic and fun to work with (according to their students). We have a lab potluck party or some kind of lab-wide gathering (outside of the lab) every semester, and people usually end up making some good friends along the way.

Student's responsibilities:

We expect lab assistants to spend about 9 hours a week on lab activities. These hours include small group meetings with project leaders and running individual experiments. Depending on the experiment, lab assistants may need to call participants, run simple computer programs, and fulfill any other type of responsibility required for a particular experiment. We'll train people for anything they don't already know. Most importantly, students should be motivated, reliable, and enthusiastic about working on the research team.