Social Sciences: Micro Organizational Behavior

Department: Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

Supervising Faculty Member: Eileen Chou

Specialization: micro-organizational behavior; behavioral economics; decision-making

Research Focus: My research focuses on the organizational, social, and psychological forces that regulate individual and group behavior. My research approach integrates several behavioral regulators, including incentives (economics), structure (organizational theory), and person-context fit (social psychology). ). For instance, I investigate how people can (ironically) decrease their economic risks by putting themselves in a more rather than a less vulnerable position.

Position Description: The student will learn research first-hand by working on his or her own research project under my supervision. The student will also engage in daily lab activities such as preparing and conducting lab experiments, coding videos, entering data, and attending lab meetings.

Required skills: Computer experience, analytical skills, and ability to work with a team preferred.

Computer software: I prefer someone who is familiar with SPSS. However, this is not a requirement.

Training/certification: No prior training/certification required. Student will be asked to complete IRB certification training after being hired.

What you will learn: This is a great opportunity for the student to become familiar with the research process. As a research assistant of this lab, the student will receive hands-on training in social psychology and business management. S/He will also partake in the development of theoretical discoveries and the advancement of scientific knowledge.

Web site link to research: http://batten.virginia.edu/school/people/eileen-chou