Social and Personality Research Team

Research Team 11
Supervised by
Leigh Ann  Vaughn
Office: 115-A Williams

Research questions for spring 2021 include:

  • How did people describe their responses to COVID-19 in the first month of the pandemic?
  • How do people motivate themselves to pursue their goals? 
  • How do people describe their experiences of being eager or vigilant? 
  • How well do research findings replicate at Ithaca College and around the world?  (Our team is part of an international research replication project with more than 360 collaborating institutions.) 

The idea of doing research might seem intimidating, but the way we do it on this team makes it fun and not as hard as you might expect. Working together makes our research fun. Students have a lot of voice in the design of the studies, and we all work together in troubleshooting them. We analyze data together, figure out what results mean, and write up results to present at professional conferences.

The work outside of class is highly consistent week to week, and takes 2-3 hours per 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. These activities build research skills that are great for graduate school, including literature review, working closely with others on research, writing in APA style, and analyzing data using SPSS.

Every year, we present our work at the Annual Convention of the Eastern Psychological Association and other professional conferences. In the past 10 years, 55 of my research team students and I have co-authored and presented 27 posters at professional conferences.

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