Joining the Lab
Goals of lab participation
- Be exposed to and become involved in all aspects of one or more research projects
- Provide a deeper understanding of a psychological phenomenon
- Gain an appreciation of psychological science methods
- Reap the benefits of answering a scientific question
What does lab participation involve?
- Attendance and participation in weekly one-hour lab meetings. The time is determined each semester.
- Completion of assignments for weekly lab meetings, if applicable.
- Participation in a research project, which may include data collection, entering data, coding data, and analyzing data.
- Reading articles in the subject matter of the research project.
What are weekly lab meetings?
The entire lab group meets once a week. Attendance is required. During these meetings, individual members provide brief updates on their weekly activities.
The focus of the meeting is on one of the following:
- discussion of a research article
- student or group of students presenting a research idea to get feedback
- student or group of students presenting results from a study
- miscellaneous professional development activity (e.g., discussion of research ethics, reviewing an article, developing a theory, looking at data)
What is the time commitment?
You will commit 9 hours per week. There is some flexibility, with some weeks being fewer hours and some weeks being longer hours. The average though should be 9 hours.
How do I join the lab?
- Make sure you have time in your schedule to devote to research.
- Make sure this time will not detract from your other coursework and commitments.
- E-mail Dr. Helgeson to see if she is taking new students and, if so, set up a meeting with her.