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Undergraduate Research Opportunities


Psychology is a research science, and most of our faculty have active research programs. Students can be an integral part of ongoing research 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 would like to become a Research Assistant, please contact one of the research labs listed below, or make an appointment with a professor whose research is most relevant to your interests and career goals (see the Faculty page for more information about individual faculty members and their research).

Looking for information on research exposure for PSY 1113? Find it here: SONA Experiment Exposure

Dr. Lori Snyder

Snyder Lab

Contact: Katie Holloway (Email: katie.holloway@ou.edu)

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. Currently not accepting students for Fall 2019, but will be for Spring 2020.

Dr. Michael Mumford

Mumford Lab

Contact: Samantha Elliott (Email: mumfordresearchgroup@ou.edu; Website: http://www.ou.edu/mrg/)

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. Currently not accepting students for Fall 2019, but will be for Spring 2020.

Dr. Eric Day

Day Lab

Contact: Ashley Jorgensen (Email: jorgensen@ou.edu)

Much of our research focuses on training, complex skill acquisition and adaptability, group dynamics and performance. Much of this research involves the use of computer-based video games. Our research assistants gain experience in running studies, working with data, and other valuable research activities necessary for graduate studies. Currently not accepting students for Fall 2019 or Spring 2020.


Connelly Lab

Contact: Divya Patel (Email: divyapatel@ou.edu)

Our lab focuses on leadership, ethical decision-making, and emotions in the workplace. Students assist by running studies, coding data, and conducting literature reviews. Our research assistants gain valuable experiences that are beneficial for future graduate studies and learning more about the research process. Many of our assistants earn letters of recommendations as well. Currently accpeting students for Spring 2020 and Summer 2020.

Dr. Wenger

Visual Neuroscience Lab

Contact: Amy Barnett (Email:  amy.barnett@ou.edu;
 Website: https://sites.google.com/site/ouvnlab/)

Our work emphasizes the combined application of behavioral and electroencephalographic (EEG) methods, using the methods of computational neuroscience to link these variables.There are currently three major areas of work in our lab: (a) the effects of brain iron deficiency and repletion on perception, memory, and cognition; (b) theoretical and empirical characterizations of perceptual organization; and (c) behavioral regularities and neural mechanisms of perceptual learning. We are always looking for research assistants who have interests in neuroscience and cognition. Currently accepting students for both Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 with a preference for students who can commit to both semesters.

Dr. Lauren Ethridge

Ethridge - Brain and Biomarker Lab

Contact: Dr. Lauren Ethridge (Email: ethri@ou.edu; Website: http://ouhsc.edu/bbmc/babl/)

The BABL group centers on the use of dense-array EEG as a translational tool for learning more about brain function in neurodevelopmental disorders. The ultimate goal of our research is to establish non-invasive biological markers for changes in brain function that not only elucidate neural and molecular pathways affected by disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and but also serve as aids for early identification, early predictors for response to individualized treatment protocols, and reliable indicators of treatment effects. Students assist with collecting behavioral assessment, EEG, and eye tracking data, and analyzing data from multi-site collaborative initiatives. Motivated students may conduct independent projects and present at conferences. Recommended at least two semesters commitment. Currently not accepting students for Fall 2019 or Spring 2020.

Dr. Lara Mayeux

Mayeux Lab -- Peers, Pals, and Popularity

Contact: Dr. Lara Mayeux (Email: lmayeux@ou.edu)

Our lab studies social development in childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood, with a specific focus on peer relationships, friendships, and social power. Current projects investigate the meaning of social power in adolescence, how friendships change as children and teens get older, the role of parents in adolescents' developing beliefs and values about peer status, and the role of gender and gender (non)conformity in peer popularity. Students can assist with literature review, community recruitment of participants, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting findings. Currently not accepting students for Fall 2019 or Spring 2020.

Dr. Edward Cokely

Decision Psychology Lab

Contact: Vincent Ybarra (Email: Vincent.ybarra@ou.edu)

The Decision Psychology Lab at the University of Oklahoma conducts research on human decision making, specializing in psychometrics, risk literacy, and predictive modeling with applications in health, business, consumer protection, and education. Directed by Dr. Edward Cokely, our mission is to integrate behavioral science and user-friendly technology to inform and improve decision-making and policy.  We achieve this through the use of cutting-edge technology and hard work. Currently accpeting students for Fall 2019.

Dr. Mauricio Carvallo

Social Self Lab

Contact: Kevin Bell (Email: kbell@ou.edu)

Our lab focuses on three main lines of research. First, we are interested in examining the antecedents and consequences of a “culture of honor” ideology. We can define “culture of honor” as a belief system that emphasizes the need to maintain one’s reputation with respect to others. Second, we are also interested in exploring how stereotypes and prejudice affect different minority group members. Finally, our lab is interested in exploring the reasons why students may be less likely to want to seek health related services while in college. Undergraduate students who participate in our lab are involved in different aspects of the research process, including running participants, analyzing data and literature reviews. Some students get to work closely with graduate students in the design and implementation of studies, present our lab research findings at different OU Research Conferences, and some are able to work on their own studies under the supervision of Dr. Carvallo. Currently accepting students for both Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.

Dr. Scott Gronlund

OU Memory Lab (OUML)

Contact: Scott Gronlund (Email: sgronlund@ou.edu)

The OUML conducts use-inspired, basic research on human memory. This has included work on the impact of automation on cognitive performance, situation awareness, and prospective memory (especially with air traffic controllers). The current focus is on issues surrounding eyewitness identification, including the transformative role of decision confidence. Our approach includes the application of formal computational models. Currently not accepting students for Fall 2019 or Spring 2020.

 

Dr. Adam Feltz

Feltz Lab

Contact: Braden Tanner (Email: tannbrad@ou.edu)

The Feltz Lab at the University of Oklahoma focuses on policies and technologies that promote information transparency and helping to protect and understand the interests of diverse and vulnerable populations (e.g., surrogate medical decision making; food and water; Native American health; animal law). The lab takes inspiration from and has affiliations with diverse, interdisciplinary collaborators including psychology, philosophy, counseling, engineering, law, computer science, economics, and biology. These efforts combine to help illuminate the ways that we can help people make better, more informed decisions in a diverse world. Currently accepting students for Fall 2019.