Research Teams

Social Judgment Research Team

Social Judgment Research Team
Research Team 11
Supervised by
Leigh Ann  Vaughn

Office: 115-A Williams

Professor Vaughn is in Ithaca April 6-9, and she has lots of office hours available to talk about team. You can stop by her office to sign up for a time.

This team studies how people make sense of their internal states and form social judgments. Our research is applicable to many career fields, including mental health, education, and business. Research questions for fall 2016 include:

  • Meaning in life: How could feeling eager or vigilant affect subjective meaning in life?
  • Many Labs 4: What will this world-wide research project show about the reproducibility of psychological research findings? For the Ithacan story about our team's involvement in Many Labs 1, click here
  • The ManyBeds Project: Co-sleeping around the world. How do relationships and sleeping practices predict what people eat at Ithaca College and in other countries?

Students work together – with constant professor-student and student-student mentoring - on all aspects of our research, including reading and writing reaction papers about various aspects of the theoretical background, designing studies, scheduling and running participants, analyzing and interpreting results, and presenting research at conferences.

The structure of our graded work is highly consistent week to week. Almost every week, students run a research session in a lab, recruit for research participants, read an assigned research article, and do 1-2 short writing assignments and one short statistics assignment. We use these assignments as a basis for collaborating on the design and analysis of our research.

Because the course involves doing real research, team involves a degree of risk and flexibility as we work together to figure out how to move ahead with challenges that are complex and lack neat formulations or precise definitions. High-quality and engaged mentoring – by Professor Vaughn of all students and by more senior students of more junior students - is part of what makes this team fun and rewarding.

Team members present our work at professional conferences. You can visit our Research Team Website  to learn more about the team and here and read what current team members say being on the team is like.

This research team is looking to accept four new students for fall, 2016. To set up a meeting with Professor Vaughn, you can e-mail her at

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