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APPLICATION FOR RESEARCH ASSISTANT IN DR. CESARIO’S LABORATORY For Independent Study (PSYC 490 or 491) or Volunteer NAME: __________________________________ DATE:________________ LOCAL ADDRESS:_________________________________________________________________ LOCAL PHONE:___________________________ E-MAIL ADDRESS__________________________ MAJOR:___________________ YEAR AT MSU:___________________ OVERALL GPA:______________ PSYCHOLOGY BACKGROUND: Psychology Course (# and title) Professor/TA Grade SEMESTER(S) IN WHICH YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BEING A RESEARCH ASSISTANT (check all that apply): Year: ________ ( ____Spring _____Summer _____Fall ) NUMBER OF CREDITS/HOURS YOU CAN COMMIT TO BEING A RESEARCH ASSISTANT: _____3 CREDITS (9 hrs per week) ____4 CREDITS (12 hrs per week) _____OTHER Please describe your experience (if any) in the following areas: RESEARCH EXPERIENCE: COMPUTER EXPERIENCE: WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR BEING A RESEARCH ASSISTANT? SCHEDULE OF AVAILABLE TIMES Please put an “X” through ALL the times that you are NOT available. You will only be scheduled for the number of hours you ask. THE MORE FLEXIBILITY IN YOUR SCHEDULE, THE BETTER! Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 12:00 PM 1:00 PM 2:00 PM 3:00 PM 4:00 PM 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM Research Assistant Needed for Social Psychological Research on Motivation and Social Cognition Research assistants will work on projects related to understanding the role of motivation across a wide range of topics. To be motivated is "to want," and to study motivation is to be concerned with questions like: Where do these wants come from? What are effective strategies for attaining them? What are the emotional consequences of success and failure? What determines persistence in the face of obstacles? How is wanting translated into actual behavior? These are questions of self-regulation and are of primary interest in our laboratory. In our laboratory, we study motivation science across a variety of domains (health behaviors, academic achievement, attitude change, intergroup behavior, etc.). Projects address questions such as: *How can persuasive messages be designed in a way that most effectively changes people’s attitudes and behaviors? *Why do some people fail and other succeed when it comes to enacting a new health behavior (such as quitting smoking or going on a diet)? *What is the role of motivation in determining our behaviors when we interact with members of stereotyped social groups (African-Americans, Asian women, etc.), and to what degree are these behaviors intentional versus unconscious? *What are the effects of reward and punishment on people’s intrinsic motivations to perform behaviors? Research activities may include: attending weekly lab meetings, running experimental sessions, learning experimental methodologies, entering and analyzing data, library work, and writing manuscripts. Students will work independently as well as with other undergraduate and graduate students in the laboratory to gain as much experience as possible throughout the semester. To the extent possible, we focus on developing in our research assistants the skills that are necessary for graduate school. Interested students must be willing to commit to work in the laboratory for at least two semesters and for at least 3 credits (9 hours per week) per semester, if course credit is desired; volunteer assistants are also accepted. Applicants should be responsible, motivated, independent, able to work well with others, and interested in the research. It is desirable for applicants to have taken or be taking a course in social or personality psychology. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in pursuing graduate work in psychology. Interested students should fill out the application form and drop by Dr. Cesario’s office (Room 255 Psychology Building). You may also contact Dr. Cesario at firstname.lastname@example.org or 355-0203. See www.msu.edu/~cesario/ for more details about our lab.
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