COMMITMENT: 10-12 hr/wk; Fall term (see description)
COMPENSATION: Course credit available
Description of Research:
How do subtle cues and nonconscious processes inform the moral and ethical decisions we make on a daily basis? How are our moral attitudes and decisions shaped and influenced by our peer groups and by the social settings we operate in? Much of my work this semester will address this question, with particular emphasis on the institutional effects of nonconscious cognition. Using studies conducted online and in the lab, we will explore questions such as: How do the small and implicit biases of individual persons combine and emerge as the social phenomena we recognize as institutional corruption? When are financial dependencies and conflicts of interest likely to exercise a corrupting influence upon actors and when might they be safely ignored? In addition to this research on unconscious cognition and institutional corruption, RAs may be asked to assist with several other projects. These include work on developing educational modules that concisely convey the findings of cognitive and social psychology regarding the cognitive and social biases that can consistently affect our personal and professional decisions and behavior. This work will involve literature reviews and well as thinking innovatively about how ideas can be best presented using pictures, videos, games, and other dynamic media.
I am looking for a research assistant to work 10-12 hours/week during the Fall 2011 term. Duties will likely include design of experimental stimuli, participant recruitment, data collection and coding, and literature searches.
Experience: Previous coursework in psychology is preferred. Experience with computer and web programming and/or social media would be helpful. Compensation: Fall Research Assistant positions are offered on a volunteer basis. Additionally, course credits and work-study funding may be possible for those who qualify. Location: William James Hall.
To apply: Please contact Paul Meinshausen (email@example.com).
CONTACT/APPLICATION: Paul Meinshausen (firstname.lastname@example.org).