Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Professors and graduate students in the Developmental Psychology department are committed to producing meaningful research that adds to the literature on development. Our research ranges the lifespan, with research questions ranging from aspects of early development to the effects of aging. In order to do this, undergraduate research assistants are often recruited. Not only does this help the researcher to complete a project more swiftly, but it also provides unique research experiences to undergraduates. It is important for students who are pursuing a career in psychology to attain research experience, especially if they are considering applying to graduate school. Listed below are research opportunities in the Developmental field for undergraduates.

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Current Research Projects

DATA ANALYSISTS, WRITERS, AND DATA  CODERS NEEDED:

ANALYSIS OF DATA ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF AGE AND AGING

Affiliated Faculty/Graduate Student: Yisheng Peng

Contact Information: pengy@bgsu.edu

Description of Current Projects:   

1.A Meta-analysis study of age, affectivity, emotional intelligence, and emotional labor

2.      Age differences in daily life stress and coping

3.      Age differences in younger and older workers’ work stress and off-work recovery experiences

Description of Student Duties:

1.      Literature searching

  •   You will learn how to find professional research articles in Psychology Databases.
  • You will learn how to preview, download, and mange different papers.

2.      Literature filtering

  • You will learn how to categorize different papers under different topics.
  •  You will learn how to judge the importance of each empirical paper.

3.      Literature coding

  • You will learn how to do basic coding of each paper.
  •  You will learn how to recognize important attributes of each article (e.g., sample size, correlational coefficients, etc).

4.      Data entry

  •  You will learn how to entry real research data from self-report measurements.
  • You will learn how to use excel or SPSS to manage your data.

5.      Manuscript writing

  • You will learn how to write professional manuscripts in your own words.
  • You will learn how to present your research findings to other readers.

 

Applications can be submitted starting Oct. 1, 2015

 

APPLICATION

RACE AND GENDER DIFFERENCES IN YOUNG CHILDREN'S ATTITUDES ABOUT MEMBERS OF RACIAL AND GENDER GROUPS AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION

Undergraduate Research Assistants Needed!

Affiliated Faculty/Graduate Student: Cjersti Jensen

Contact Information: cjensen@bgsu.edu

Description of Project:

This project is a master’s thesis project. Using pictures of children with varying gender (male or female) and race (black or white), this project will assess children’s attitudes about and exclusion towards members of different social groups. Participants will be age 4-6, and will racially identify as either black or white. Data collection will take place in Toledo.

Description of Student Duties:

I need students to help with data coding and entry, and to help with data collection. Data coding and entry would include using Excel and SPSS to enter in data, and interpreting child responses to certain questions.

Child Interviewing would include going to preschools in Toledo and conducting interviews with the children. Interviewers would need to drive themselves or be available to carpool with myself or other students. Previous experience with children is required for the Child Interviewers, and previous research experience with children is preferred.

Basic training will be provided. I am looking for about 3 students total.

Applications can be submitted Nov. 1-17, 2015. Late applications will be accepted if research assistants are still needed. Please submit hard copies to Cjersti Jensen’s mailbox in the Psychology office or email digital copies to cjensen@bgsu.edu. Use extra paper if needed.

Application