Psychology 399 Group Research Internship
             Student-Designed Independent Study in Psychological Research (Psyc 360)
                                             Supervisor: Mark Stasson


     Students will work collectively (Psyc 399) or individually (Psyc 360) under the supervision of Mark Stasson to produce
a professional level research project in Social Psychology.  Social Psychology is a prerequisite, so students should be
familiar with relevant topics (plus, you can always review a social psychology textbook)

      Students may profit from choosing a research internship, strengthening skills that may be useful in a graduate program or research career. 
One interesting book on this topic is "
"What Psychology Majors Could (and Should) be Doing: An informal guide to research experience and professional skills."
This book is published by the APA, but available at a more reasonale price at other sites such as:  http://www.amazon.com/Psychology-Majors-Could-Should-Doing/dp/1433804387 

The internship/independent study requires completion of all steps in the research process:
* Identifying a topic in Social Psychology
* Developing an idea and finding background theory/research
* Designing a study
* Collecting data
* Analyzing  the results
* Presenting Your Research in a Public Forum (Conference)
* Writing a formal research report in APA format.


While not required, students are encouraged to disseminate research findings by presenting the research at a conference, publishing the paper, or
posting the paper at the CPR website.

     PREREQUISITES:  (1) Psyc 336 (Social Psychology)  AND   (2) either  Psyc 312 (Research Methods) or  Psyc 307 (Data Analysis)
                                        AND (3) Identifying a Topic in Social Psychology (Must be approved Prior to Registration).

Sample Syllabus (Click here)

Examples of Past Projects:
1.  The effects of gender stereotypes on occupational judgments. K. Kleyman, J. Souza, & K. Gjerswold.(Presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Society, Chicago)
2.  Affective and cognitive attitude components in behavioral prediction.  S. Bourquin  (Presented at the meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago)
3.  The group dilemma questionnaire. K. Irving.  (Presented at the meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago)
4.  Persuasion and influence through authority and social proof..  Antoine Valley.
5.  The effect of online media source on message persuasiveness.  J. Paasch & I. Siegel (Presented at the meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago)
6.  Social-cognitive determinates of safety actions: seat belt use.  S. Bourquin  (Presented at the meeting of the Minnesota Psychological Association, Bloomington)
7.  Individual and situational differences in procrastination.  J. Hernick  
8.  Motivation and self-regulation.  N. Walter  (Presented at the meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago and at MUPC in St. Paul)
9.  Interests and Self-Reported Psychological Well-Being.  Hollis Willeford


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