Current Research Assistants
Ariel Mosley is a senior psychology student, a philosophy minor, and a McNair Scholar. Her research interests are in social psychology, implicit and explicit attitudes, and perceptions of social judgment through heuristics examining stereotype, culture, and gender.
Pegah Naemi is in the Doctoral Preparation M.A. program. Her general research interests are in prejudice and discrimination of minority groups. In Spring 2013 she will be a returning teaching associate for Psychology 102 lab sections.
Pyotr Feister is a senior and a Psychology major at CSUS. His plans are to continue on to graduate school, culminating with a PhD in Social Psychology. His research interests include the social processes within religions and cults, the social processes relating to gender and social class, and conformity.
Doralee Mercurio is a senior psychology student who's research interests include social psychology, implicit and explicit attitudes and family-focused addiction treatment. Her intentions are to continue her education after CSUS by obtaining a M.A. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Addiction Treatment.
Heather Cohen is a senior psychology student planning on continuing her education in Sacramento State's Master’s program. Her research interest includes social psychology, for which she is currently conducting a study examining the false uniqueness effect under the advisement of Dr. Qin. In addition to social psychology, she is also interested in research examining human sexuality.
The prejudice and interpersonal relations lab conducts basic and applied social psychological research. I generally require students to make at least a two-semester commitment, and work an average of 9-10 hours per week. The demands of working in the research lab are high, but so are the benefits.
Currently the lab is conducting a series of studies examining how motivational processes influence implicit attitudes. Research assistants in the lab may work together on one large project, or work individually on a related project concerning implicit attitudes.
- Number of positions typically available each semester: 4-6
- I generally prefer to accept new research assistants for the fall semester, but occasionally I will accept a spring admission.
- If you are interested in joining the lab, download the application at the bottom of the page. Once you’ve completed the application you should email Dr. Harrison for an appointment to discuss your possible participation in the lab.
Research Assistants’ Responsibilities
I expect lab assistants to spend 9-10 hours a week on lab activities. These include our weekly lab meeting, reading and evaluating empirical journal articles, material development, data collection, data analysis, and report writing.
- Psychology major
- Completion of PSYC 8 (B or higher).
- Students who have completed PSYC 101 (B or higher) will be given preference.
- GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Willing to commit to working in the lab for two semesters.
- An intrinsic interest in experimental Social Psychological research.
- Most importantly, students should be motivated, reliable and enthusiastic about working on the research team.