Department: Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

Faculty Supervisor: Eileen Chou

Specialization: Leadership, organizational behavior

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

Job description: 1) preparing and conducting lab experiments; 2) coding videos; 3) entering data; and 4) attending lab meetings. 

Required Skills/Knowledge: Computer experience, analytical skills, and ability to work with a team preferred. Familiarity with SPSS preferred but not required.

Required Courses: Introduction to Social Psychology; Introduction to Microeconomics

Training/Certification: The student selected for this position will need to complete IRB certification training before beginning work.

What You Will Learn: Through this research-work opportunity, you will: 1) receive hands-on training in social psychology and business management; and 2) partake in the development of theoretical discoveries and the advancement of scientific knowledge.

Suggested Readings:

Dan Ariely, Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions (Harper Perennial: 2010).

Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein, Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (Penguin Books: 2009).


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