Investigate the psychology of stress, coping, and resilience.
In the Social Psychophysiology Lab, we are interested in stress and coping; specifically, understanding the factors that contribute to resilience versus vulnerability to potential stressors. We measure participants’ cardiovascular responses (i.e., blood pressure, heart rate, and how much blood the heart is pumping) during potentially stressful tasks, such as giving a speech, problem solving, and interacting with others. We use these bodily responses as a way to measure participants’ psychological states while they perform the task, without having to interrupt them to ask or depend on them to accurately self-report what they are thinking or feeling.
Our current research focuses on three core topics:
As a research assistant in the Social Psychophysiology Lab, you will work as part of a team, gaining hands-on experience by running research participants through the experimental procedures and operating a variety of physiological recording equipment (no previous experience is necessary).
The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration.
|Length of commitment||Year-long (10-12 months)|
|Start time||Spring (January/February)|
|Level of collaboration||Large group collaboration (4+ students)|
|Benefits||Academic credit; Volunteer|
|Who is eligible||All undergraduate students|
|Support||Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.|
To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience. These badges will:
All students who wish to participate in a project on the Project Portal must first complete the Project Preparation Digital Badge. First, contact the project mentor to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge.
Once you have registered for the Project Preparation Digital Badge, you will receive further instructions related to the activities you will need to complete. In addition, you will also complete the following preparation activities for this particular project: