Dr. Kristy Nielson
Current topics of research
- Memory enhancement techniques
- Individual differences in eyewitness memory and techniques to improve it
- Effects of emotion regulation strategies on cognition and memory
- Memory in aging and dementia
Students having already taken PSYC 2001 and PSYC 2050 preferred, but no pre-requisites — training on the job. Recommend PSYC 3320.
Minimum 2 consecutive semesters. Starting during the Junior year is particularly advantageous. Enrollment in 1 to 3 credits of PSYC 4956 per term (can be used as elective credit in the major or simply general upper division credits) and availability of at least 5-8 hours/week (in addition to a 1-hour weekly meeting) is expected.
What will this lab experience provide to students?
- Research design and experience with testing young and older subjects using cognitive and neuropsychological tests.
- Data coding and analysis with SPSS.
- Authorship on presentations and research publications through assistance with study completion and writing of papers. All students in my lab are encouraged to get involved in a project deeply enough to submit an abstracts for presentation and help prepare a paper for publication (earning authorship).
Rewarding aspects of working as a research assistant
Lots of experience with different tasks and skills; leadership opportunity; strong letters of recommendation for good assistants; opportunity to publish as an undergrad; be part of a great, fun, smart group!
Email Dr. Nielson for an appointment. Please attach the completed application to your email.