Psychology Lab at Kenan-Flagler Business School for Fall 2012
We are no longer accepting
applications for the Fall 2012 semester.
semester we conduct an applied psychology lab for undergraduate students
interested in fields such as I/O Psychology or Organizational Behavior. Our
lab does research examining, among other topics, the psychology of guilt
and ethical behavior at work, sleep deprivation, cognitive depletion and
ethics, socio-economic homophily in friendship networks, justice and
emotion contagion in teams, and we are beginning a new study on physical
pain, cognitive depletion, and work performance.
will give priority to psychology, sociology, and business students because
of their interest and training in the kinds of questions we ask. However,
we welcome anyone interested in these or similar fields. Our goal is to
prepare you, as a research assistant, for the next step: graduate school
for a PhD in applied psychology or organizational behavior.
Who will conduct this lab? Four of our organizational behavior faculty members, at
Kenan-Flagler Business School, will conduct this lab: Michael
Eisenkraft, Shimul Melwani, and Matt
When and where will this lab be
conducted? The lab will be conducted every
other week during the semester at Kenan-Flagler
Business School. Each session will last approximately 1.5hrs. The lab time varies each semester; we do
our best to coordinate schedules of all who are accepted.
How do you earn credit for this
course? You will earn 3 credits for this
lab. You will attend the AP lab every other week and be prepared to discuss
or present a weekly reading. You will be required to write at least 20
pages of scholarly work. (The scholarly work must not be a log of activities.
It does not need to be one 20-page paper; it can be a literature review or
critical analysis of several articles, for example.)
you will also be responsible for working 5hrs/week (75 hrs
per semester) on research related tasks, either by directly assisting
professors or in the Kenan-Flagler Behavior Lab
(e.g. conducting studies, assisting in field research, data entry, and
What credit does this course
fall under? This course falls under BUSI453
- Independent Study in Management. You do not need to be a BSBA student to
How do I apply? Please submit your resume and a 1 page single spaced
statement describing your reasons for applying to our lab. Email these documents
to the Behavioral Research Support Manager, Jennifer Fink, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will
receive a response within 48hrs that your application was received and is
When is the deadline to apply? The application deadline for the Fall 2012 semester is
July 31, 2012.
When will a decision be made? You will be notified by August 12th as to
your acceptance to the Applied Psychology Lab.
How do you register for course
credit? Once admitted the lab manager
will assist you with registering for credit. All applications for credit
must be submitted by 2 business days prior to the last day to register.
Who should I contact if I have
questions or concerns? Please
contact the Behavioral Research Support Manager, Jennifer Fink, at email@example.com if you have
any questions or concerns.
for Decision Research – Assistantship
We are not
currently seeking Research Assistants.
Getting involved in research is a
good way to learn practical skills, such as data analysis, and to see
whether psychology, economics, and decision science are for you. Many
students find that obtaining research experience helps them clarify their
goals and gain admission to graduate programs (e.g., in psychology,
economics, business, public policy, political science, or law school).
As a research assistant in the lab, you will work closely with members of
the UNC Center for Decision Research on one or more of their research
projects. Your involvement may include scheduling participants, preparing
experimental materials, and running experimental sessions. In addition, you
may be asked to give feedback on hypotheses and methods, to enter or code
data, to conduct basic data analysis, to prepare materials for projects, or
to conduct literature searches.
Research assistantships through the UNC Center for Decision Research are
available for pay. Students who work as research assistants gain valuable
experience that can later help them gain admission to Ph.D
programs, to be selected for competitive internships, or to gain
If these opportunities interest you, please download and complete the
research assistant application located at the bottom of this page. If you
have any questions, please contact the CDR Lab Manager.