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Eileen Chou - Social interaction, judgments and decision-making, status and hierarchy, power and influence

Social Science
Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy
Supervising Faculty Member: 
Eileen Chou
Research Focus: 

Our interdisciplinary lab focuses on the organizational, social, and psychological forces that regulate individual and group behavior. Our research approach integrates several behavioral regulators, including incentives (economics), structure (organizational theory), and person-context fit (social psychology). For instance, we investigate how people can (ironically) decrease their economic risks by putting themselves in a more rather than a less vulnerable position. Our other on-going projects include 1) whether having superstars in the organization is an effective mechanism of social organization 2) can self-control boost creativity, 3) what are some of the unanticipated benefits to swearing, and 4) is it really “lonely at the top.”

Position Description: 

While working at Jade lab, USOAR students will participate in a number of research-related activities including data collection, literature reviews, data management and coding. Students will engage with day-to-day lab activities as well as develop their own research project in a field of their interest. Past students have looked into purchasing decisions research, commitment to e-pledges, generational differences in perceptions of the "american dream," among other topics. Choosing this lab will mean developing an idea from start to finish, including presenting your findings and analyzing your own data.

Required Skills: 

Students must be timely and self-driven with the ability to work independently as well as part of a large research collaboration. Students should have a basic understanding of research as a whole and would be best served if they have taken introductory psychology courses.

No formal trainings or certifications are required before application, however ethical research practices training will need to be completed before beginning. This is also known as "CITI" training.
What will you learn: 

1. How a research idea is taken from a question to a concrete study to results.
2. How to analyze data.
3. How a psychology research lab operates on a day-to-day basis as well as the bigger picture.

Social interaction, judgments and decision-making, status and hierarchy, power and influence