Faculty Research Assistance Program (FRAP) Directory

The FRAP Directory allows students to identify UCSB faculty who are looking for undergraduate students to participate in their research projects or creative activities. Please use the links below to find opportunities by discipline. Students, if your desired discipline is not listed, please contact the Undergraduate Research Initiatives office at 805-893-3090 or urca@ltsc.ucsb.edu for assistance. Faculty, if you would like to post your research or creative activity opportunity, please complete the online submission form.

Psychological and Brain Sciences

Tod Kippin

Location:
Psych East 2821
893-2459

Research Project

Current research in the laboratory focuses on two projects in neurobiology. The main project seeks to define factors that contribute to addiction vulnerability as well as the underlying biological basis of these factors. Studies in this area focus on genetics, epigenetics, neurochemistry, endocrinology, development, and stress. A secondary focus of the laboratory is on neurogenesis in the adult brain aimed at understanding the regulation and function of this process.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduate research assistants help in all aspects of the research. This can include assistance with behavioral analyses, histological and molecular techniques, data management, and routine laboratory upkeep. Assistants must be able to work safely in a laboratory environment and follow instructions in a meticulous fashion.

Requirements

•Grade point average of 3.0 or better.
•Commitment to research activities of at least 8-10 hours per week for a minimum of two quarters.
•Student must be enthusiastic about research, extremely responsible and conscientious as well as pay attention to detail, perform procedures as directed, and be able to work well with others.
•Completion of Psy 111 is preferred but not essential.

Zoe Liberman

Location:
Psychology East 3821
(805) 893-5498

Research Project

Research in the Social Cognitive Development Lab focuses on learning and development in infancy and early childhood. We conduct studies in our on campus lab and with local partners off site. The majority of the research focuses on topics relevant to understanding and navigating or complex social world. For example, how do infants learn from other people? Or, do infants think about people as members of social categories? Additionally, how do different social experiences (such as regular exposure to multiple languages) influence social cognition and learning? Most of our studies are interactive where we play short games with kids and record their behavior. We also do story/survey studies with older children, and looking time studies with infants.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduates will participate in all aspects of the research process, including recruiting families to come into the lab, contacting interested families to schedule appointments, creating stimuli for studies, running studies with participants in the on campus lab and off site (at MOXI museum and the Santa Barbara Zoo), entering data, analyzing data, and developing new project ideas.

Requirements

Research assistants must have a GPA of at least a 3.0 average over the last three quarters. Research assistants must also be comfortable interacting with infants and young children, and with contacting parents/local preschools/organizations over the phone. A commitment of at least 2 quarters is required, and an interest in continuing on for further quarters and developing independent research projects is preferred. Past research experience, or coursework in developmental psychology is preferred but not required.

Diane Mackie

Location:
Psych East 1823
805-893-2858

Research Project

Current research in our lab focuses on a) the emotions that people feel because they belong to a group, and how those emotions contribute to both positive and negative relations among groups; b) the extent to which people's opinions and attitudes reflect the influence of those around them; and c) the behavioral consequences of perceptions of power, and d) the prosocial outcomes of global identity ad connections, and e) identifying the process by which narratives (both written and visual) influence people's perceptions of themselves, the groups to which they belong, and of outgroup members. To learn more, please visit the website.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduate research assistants help in all aspects of the research experience, from serving as experimenters, library research, data coding and entry, and assistance in manuscript preparation.

Requirements

We prefer a three-quarter commitment and require a GPA above 3.0.  Good grades in PSY 5, 7 ,and 102 are always welcome but a passion for research is the best prerequisite. Research assistants must have blocks of time (at least an hour, preferably more) available between 8AM and 5PM at least 2 days of the week.

Brenda Major

Location:
Psychology East 38
893-7238

Research Project

Current research projects examine the impact of organizational diversity initiatives on minorities’ and majorities’ perceptions of fairness and acceptance within organizations, and the impact of perceived ethnic, gender, and weight-based discrimination on physiological stress responses, health behaviors, and interpersonal relationships.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduates who work in my lab are involved with a variety of research tasks. They help to recruit, schedule, and run participants in laboratory and field experiments, enter self-report data into the computer and help to code physiological and nonverbal responses. They also assist with library research and a variety of support tasks (e.g., editing, copying).

Requirements

  • Grade point average of 3.3 or better.
  • Grade of B or better in Research Methods and Statistics
  • Ability to work well with others, show initiative, attention to detail
  • Skills with computer programming and/or audio/visual equipment desirable but not essential.

Kyle Ratner

Location:
3814 Psych East

Research Project

Current research in the lab is investigating how individuals perceive and understand other people. To study these issues we use methods from social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and psychopharmacology.

Undergraduate Contribution

Research assistants will be involved in preparing study materials, running participants, and assisting with data analysis.

Requirements

We are looking for conscientious research assistants who are passionate about social psychology, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience. Students must commit 8-10 hours/week to research activities. 3.0 or higher GPA is required. Familiarity with computer programming is highly valued, but not required.

Jonathan Schooler

Location:
Psychology East 3817

Research Project

This experiment tests the physiological correlates of infrasound transduction through biofeedback software. Subjects will experience a neurotherapy session with NeurOptimal software, which plays music through earphones that is interrupted when EEG frequencies are outside optimal ranges. The dependant variable will be if the sound is applied through infrasonic speakers that transduce sub-base to the subject in addition to the earphones or not. This is a pioneer study into the potential therapeutic effects of dynamic tactile neurofeedback.

Undergraduate Contribution

RAs must screen and recruit participants. RAs will run participants at SBCAST physiological measurement lab. RA's will give surveys, apply EEG, EMG and ECG electrodes and galvanic skin response equipment. RAs will run Neuroptimal software. Data will be properly saved and linked with video files of the subjects. RAs will scan for artifacts to exclude data that is confounded.

Requirements

Ability to travel to SBCAST

Skill applying EMG and and EEG electrodes and GSR equipment

Organizational and computer skills

Location:
Psychology East, Room 3817

Research Project

This projects investigates whether a brief mindfulness meditation exercise can buffer against the detrimental effects of stress on long term memory recall, specifically for memories previously shown to have been effected by a stress response. 

Undergraduate Contribution

The undergraduate researcher will conduct psychophysiological experiments, process and analyze data, and contribute to preparation of manuscripts for publication.

Requirements

Should be enrolled in a 99/99RA or 199/199RA course or honors program supervised by a member of the META lab. 

Location:
3818 Psych East

Research Project

Programmatic research in a series of experiments investigating EEG alpha and other neurological bases of attention and mind-wandering.

Undergraduate Contribution

The undergraduate researcher will conduct psychophysiological experiments, process and analyze data, and contribute to preparation of manuscripts for publication.

Requirements

Must be enrolled in 98, 98RA, 99, 99RA, 199, or 199RA course with Dr Schooler and Dr Broadway.

Location:
Psych-E 3817

Research Project

Bridging the domains of cognitive and social psychology, our research on meta-awareness examines the relationship between mindfulness and social cognition. Emphasis is placed on critically investigating the results of mindfulness practice as it relates to identity, self-other connectedness, and prosocial behavior.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduate research assistants have the opportunity to run participants through brief mindfulness practices, administer self-report questionnaires, serve as experimenters during cognitive tasks, and conduct behavioral observation. They also assist in measurement, data entry, and analysis phases of the research process. Especially motivated research assistants also contribute to the design of new lab studies building off of these themes.

Requirements

At least a three quarter commitment is expected. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is required. Enthusiasm around the topic of mindfulness is essential. Applicants' schedule must be compatible with lab availability, which changes on a quarterly basis but will be negotiated between the researcher and research assistants whenever possible. Please send applications to morseth@psych.ucsb.edu

David Sherman

Location:
Psych East 3809
893-3149

Research Project

Social psychological research on health, environment, intergroup relations, and politics. A general theme is understanding what motivates beneficial behavior in these domains, as well as perceptions of and responses to outgroup threat and intergroup conflict. Before applying, please visit the lab’s website and review current research topics and projects to see what matches your personal interests best.
 

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduate research assistants help in all aspects of the research experience, from serving as experimenters (both in the laboratory and in the field), library research, data coding and entry, and assistance in manuscript preparation. Research assistants who are motivated and commit to the lab for more than two quarters will have increasing opportunities for more advanced involvement in ongoing research.

Requirements

Two quarter commitment and 3.0 or higher GPA. Please complete an application AND send me and e-mail if you are interested. For more information, see this webpage and application: http://people.psych.ucsb.edu/sherman/david/ResearchAssistants/
 

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