Supervising Faculty Member: Dennis Proffitt
Specialization: Visual perception and cognition
Research Focus: We will study how people scale their spatial perceptions with their bodies. For example, hills appear steeper when people are tired, encumbered, physically unfit, or elderly and in declining health.
Job Description: 1) run experiments with undergraduate participants; 2) enter data; 3) participate in lab meetings.
Required Skills/Knowledge: ability to communicate instructions to participants, ability to put people at ease, reliability, carefulness, punctuality, and pleasantness. The data that you obtain must be trustworthy.
Required Courses: Psychology 2300, Introduction to Perception
What You Will Learn: Through this research-work opportunity, you will: 1) learn how behavioral research is conducted; 2) learn what motivates faculty and graduate students to pursue science as a career; and 3) become an educated consumer of behavioral research.
Proffitt, D.R. (2006). Distance perception. Current Directions in Psychological Research, 15, 131-135.