Lindsay Graham, Research Specialist

Closed (1) Expression of personality in couples' homes

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

A lot can be learned about an individual simply by looking at the spaces he or she inhabits. For instance, people’s daily environments (e.g., homes, Facebook, locations they frequent) have been shown to be reflective of individual’s personalities, values, attitudes, and future and past behaviors. But what can be discovered about individuals from their shared environments? In a recent study we collected exhaustive and fascinating data from over 100 cohabitating couples’ homes. This data includes numerous surveys about the couples’ personalities, romantic relationship, values, daily behaviors, design decisions, thousands of photographs, and detailed documentation of each couples’ home spaces. With this project we are hoping to address a) what can be learned about the individuals based on their home space, b) what can be learned about the couples and the quality of their relationship based on their space, and c) what insights can this data provide couples and the design industry when crafting supportive daily environments.


This line of research explores the intersection of personality/social psychology and architecture/design. Our goal is to help give you exposure to the ins and outs of conducting high-quality research. We are looking for students excited about these topics and eager to assist with a variety of tasks. Students will help conduct literature reviews on relevant topics to this study (e.g., personally expression, relationship formation and success). Additionally, students will gain experience in working with survey data as well as photograph data. Finally, there is opportunity for students to get exposure to scientific writing.


Qualifications: Specifically seeking applicants with a strong interest in psychology (in some capacity, no need to be a psych major). Most importantly though I am looking for highly motivated, dependable, conscientious, intellectually curious individuals. Attention to detail is very important, as is the ability to work well independently and collaboratively. Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel are essential. Also, experience with stats software (e.g., SPSS, R), reference managers (such as Zotero) and library resources (such as databases like PsychInfo and Web of Science) are a plus, but not required.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Related website: http://www.cbe.berkeley.edu/aboutus/staff-lindsay.htm

Closed (2) Psychology of the workplace

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

Open-offices (workspaces shared by multiple individuals without many environmental barriers such as walls and doors) are widely used workplace layouts. There are many benefits to the open office as they are thought to promote collaboration, problem solving, and they are cost effective. However, there are also many drawbacks—they tend to be noisy, distracting, and it can be hard to create a design solution that works for the whole workforce. Through a series of projects we are currently investigating the benefits and challenges of the open floor plan on worker satisfaction and well-being. We are particularly interested in a) what aspects of the environment (i.e., lighting, acoustics) are most problematic to occupants with this type of design b) what aspects of this layout most support worker productivity and well-being, and c) what individual differences (i.e., personality, status, nature of work) of the employee predict satisfaction and success within this type of workspace.

In addition to the typical open office setting, some of this work explores offices in healthcare and education settings. Some of this work also looks more deeply into the general psychology of how individuals interact with spaces more broadly.


This semester we will be collecting and analyzing survey data in 4 studies. Two of these studies are set to launch very close to the start of the fall semester. The other two will be working with existing data that has already been collected. You will have the opportunity to work on each to help give you more exposure to the research process at all phases. More specifically, you will gain experience in coordinating participation and working with participants as they complete the studies, working with scale construction and virtual survey building tools, conducting literature searches and reviews, and data analysis (should that be something you are interested in). I do not expect you to know the ins and outs of any of these tasks prior to joining, but my hope is you will come of this semester with some useful research skills after this experience!

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Priya Sathyanarayanan, Grad student

Qualifications: This line of research explores the intersection of personality/social psychology and architecture/design. Our goal is to help give you exposure to the ins and outs of conducting high-quality research. We are looking to recruit students excited about these topics and eager to assist with a variety of tasks. Students will gain experience conducting literature reviews on relevant topics to this study (e.g., workplace design, worker productivity, workplace well-being). Students will also gain hands-on experience in the study design process including but not limited to: planning of methodology and study logistics, navigating the IRB review process, and designing experimental measures.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: One of our projects may be conducted at a large acoustics firm in San Francisco. It would never be required for you to be a part of off-site experimentations, but you would have the opportunity.

Related website: http://www.cbe.berkeley.edu/aboutus/staff-lindsay.htm

Closed (3) Views and worker experiences

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

Having a proper workspace is essential in contemporary society as people spend the majority of their time indoors. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans spend an average of 93% of their life indoors. Of this indoor time, the office is one of the primary spaces where people generally stay for long hours in a fixed location within a building. While some employees may have an adequate workstation regarding environmental quality (i.e., thermal, lighting, acoustics, air quality and view to outdoor), it is possible that others will not, and this can create problems in the workplace. Therefore, architects often try to design workspaces to enhance occupants physiological and psychological well-being.

With a lab study we are currently investigating the benefits of the outdoor view through a window on worker satisfaction and well-being. We are particularly interested in a) what aspects of the environment (i.e., lighting, thermal) give the greatest impact to occupants when they have a window view b) what aspects of outdoor view most support worker productivity and well-being, and c) what individual differences (i.e., personality, sensory-process sensitivity, etc.) of the employee predict satisfaction and success with the connection to the outdoors through a window.

This line of research explores the intersection of personality/social psychology and architecture/design. Our goal is to help give you exposure to the ins and outs of conducting high-quality research. We are looking for 1-2 students excited about these topics and eager to assist with a variety of tasks. Students will gain hands-on experience in the experiment process including but not limited to: assisting with set up and running participants within the lab study, evaluating creativity measure and participant test scores, analyzing cognitive performance results, and transcribing video-recorded data of the participants’ habitual behavior while working with the lab test.


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Won Hee Ko, Grad student

Qualifications: Seeking students with an interest in psychology and the built environment (e.g., architecture, design, engineering). Most importantly though, we are looking for highly motivated, dependable, conscientious, intellectually curious individuals. Attention to detail is very important, as is the ability to work well independently and collaboratively. Experience with Microsoft Office, Box, and Google Drive/Docs is useful. Any current or previous coursework in psychology, statistics, architecture, and the building sciences is a plus.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs