Research Assistants

What we're looking for: We are looking for students with good GPAs and sufficient time who are interested in learning about research in psychology. The typical RA spends 6-9 hours per week for 3 credits of Psy 5993. Students are assigned to specific research teams that are led by one of the postdocs or graduate students in our lab.

Please read through the following lab positions and then click here to apply by September 1!

Fall 2017 Lab Openings

Romantic Partner Health Risk Perceptions & Flu Shots

We are looking for research assistants who will help pilot and run a study about individuals' perceptions of their partners' health risks and flu vaccinations. We are looking for research assistants who are interested in romantic relationships and health psychology, as this study is at the intersection of those areas. This position also offers the opportunity to learn more about the process of applying for graduate school and what the graduate school experience is like for social psychology students. Several lab meetings will be held during the semester that will focus on how to develop study ideas, graduate school applications, and other topics RAs are interested in learning about. Contact Chloe Huelsnitz (miro0047@umn.edu) with questions.

Couples Interaction Study (running participants)
This position involves running participants' lab sessions for a study about how people manage and express their emotions (both negative and positive) in romantic relationships. Your main task would be to run the ~ 2.5 hour sessions (3.5 hours total with set up and clean up for research assistants) in which you would gain experience gathering many different types of data. During the lab sessions you would give instructions and walk participants through all the tasks, collect reaction time data on a computerized task, videorecord conflict resolution and other discussions between romantic partners, and collect physiological measurements. Because we have many community participants, we have to be flexible in scheduling the lab sessions. That means sometimes working on nights or weekends, and the schedule will change from week to week (sessions are scheduled around your availability). You may also assist in entering data, scheduling couples' lab sessions, recruiting couples, attending lab meetings, and other various tasks. Please email Rachael Jones at jone3076@umn.edu if you have any questions about this position.

Couples Interaction Study (coding videos)

This position involves coding videos of couples during different kinds of interactions, including engaging in a fun, collaborative task and/or discussing an issue in their relationship. You would watch videos of romantic partners' interactions and rate their behaviors and emotions based on certain criteria. In our lab, you would watch and rate the videos independently, according to your own schedule. You would attend training about how to rate the videos and meet occasionally to discuss your ratings with other research assistants and the graduate student in charge of the study. Please email Rachael Jones at jone3076@umn.edu if you have any questions about this position.

Music and Relationships Project

I will be recruiting research assistants (RAs) to work on a project about the influence that music has on relationships! More specifically, RAs will be involved in collecting data from participants in the lab, coding music on certain dimensions, and participating in monthly meetings. This is an ideal position for someone just beginning to get involved in research or for someone who is interested in research with more of an applied or “real-world” angle. Additional opportunities to work on other projects about romantic relationships may arise throughout the course of the semester as project needs and RA interests vary. RAs should expect to commit 6-9 hours a week for 3 credits of PSY 5993.

Couples Negotiation and Decision-Making Video Coding Project

I will be recruiting research assistants (RAs) to work on a project involving coding videos of couples doing a variety of tasks together. Getting behavioral codes on people interacting is a vital part of the research process and as such RAs will play a key role in the development of this project. The videos will involve couples engaging in negotiation and fun decision-making activities that are extremely interesting to watch! This is an ideal position for someone who is interested in understanding and interpreting how people interact. Top-notch and well-established training will be provided for coding that will give RAs a unique skill set moving forward in or outside of this lab.  Additional opportunities to work on other projects about romantic relationships may arise throughout the course of the semester as project needs and RA interests vary. RAs should expect to commit 6-9 hours a week for 3 credits of PSY 5993.

 

If you are interested in applying for any, some, or all of these positions, fill out this application by September 1: Social Interaction Lab Application

If you have questions about the application process, please email Chloe Huelsnitz.