Psychology is a research science and many of our faculty have active research programs. Students can be an active part of ongoing research here in the psychology department by being a Research Assistant to a faculty member. Course credit is arranged through PSY 3990 and 4990: Independent Study, for one to three credit hours per semester. The experience may be repeated for a maximum credit of six hours. Students may be invited by a professor to join his or her lab, or they may seek out a particular professor based on information from the website or the undergraduate academic advisor. Duties vary depending on the researcher and the project but can include tasks such as literature searches; gathering, coding and entering data; and participating in research discussions with the lab team. This opportunity is designed for students contemplating graduate school and provides valuable experience in the research enterprise. If you are interested in becoming a Research Assistant, please contact one of the research labs listed below.
Research Labs Recruiting for Spring 2013
OU Cognitive Development Lab
Contact: Dr. Clarissa Thompson (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Contact: Brett Litwiller (Email: email@example.com)
Our lab focuses on social processes in the workplace (I/O psychology), such as discrimination and deviant behavior. Students are involved in lit review, designing studies, collecting data, and writing manuscripts. Conscientious students interested in being involved for two semesters are welcome.
Center for the Study of Human Operator Performance (C-SHOP)
Contact: Dr. Kirby Gilliland (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
C-SHOP phone: 325-7467
C-SHOP is a multidisciplinary research center that focuses on the assessment of human neuropsychological functioning. Neurocognitive assessment with computer-based testing technology has been a major activity, especially as it relates to mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Major ongoing projects include providing testing technology and support for the assessment of TBI in military personnel suffering from blast and impact injuries and the assessment/management of concussion in sports. Other projects address the assessment of performance effectiveness in such arenas as Air Traffic Control (FAA) and spaceflight (NASA). Undergraduate students primarily serve in research support roles in our laboratory at Cross Center.
Contact: Carter Gibson (Email: email@example.com)
Our research focuses on the identification and measurement of creative thinking skills, skills that leaders must possess to perform well in dynamic organizational settings, work place structure as it relates to skill growth and development, and potential applications of life history path as a tool for understanding career development. Our research assistants gain valuable experience working on a variety of tasks relevant to future goals (e.g., graduate training). Moreover, many of our research assistants are able to obtain recommendation letters.