Dana Carney, Professor

Closed (1) Self-Control and Status; Politics, Race, & Political Correctness

Applications for Spring 2018 are now closed for this project.

Self-Control and Status

►write to: Michael Rosenblum (michael.rosenblum@berkeley.edu)

Do expressions of self-control in emotion, body movements, cognition, or physiological needs (such as hunger, thirst, and sex drive) lead to or signal status? Do members of various socioeconomic brackets interpret the same self-control behaviors differently? We are hoping to gain insight into these questions by conducting a number of experiments in a variety of settings. Students who work on this project will receive training in how to design and conduct many aspects of the experimental process. I am looking for at least 1 RA to help with this project.

Politics, Race, & Political Correctness

In another set of projects, we are exploring perceptions of political correctness and how to bring together inter-racial coalitions using shared public policy objectives. Students who work on these projects will receive training in how to design and conduct many aspects of the experimental process. I am looking for at least 1 RA to help with this project.

You will gain experience in nearly all aspects of the research process, including theoretical/literature review, laboratory protocol design, data collection, and questionnaire quality control. In doing so, you’ll gain exposure to software programs and equipment commonly used in psychological research.

The primary mentor for PROJECT 1 is Mike Rosenblum, a PhD student in Haas working with Professor Carney.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Michael Rosenblum, Graduate Student

Qualifications: You should have a desire to pursue graduate school in Psychology. We are also looking for students enthused about human behavior research, open to taking on a variety of tasks, and flexible in dealing with unexpected research setbacks. Lab positions for this project will have flexible hours, depending on what is needed at the time. At minimum you will need to commit 5 hours a week to lab, although we much prefer students who can come in 9-10 hours per week.

Weekly Hours: 9-12 hrs

Closed (2) Nonverbal behavior, power, ststus, unconscious bias, and social networks

Applications for Spring 2018 are now closed for this project.

**A number of projects related to the following***

►write to: Vivian Lo (vivlo@berkeley.edu) and Dana Carney (dcarney@berkeley.edu)

Nonverbal communication in power, status, race, prejudice, and prosocial behavior. This is work with a number of colleagues and students at Berkeley and elsewhere. I am looking for at least 2 RAs at about 10 hours a week per RA. This is working directly with the lab manager,
Vivian Lo and Professor Dana Carney.

Students will assist in the coding of videotapes, harvesting information from the internet, scoring social network data, finding research papers that tell us what each nonverbal behavior predicts, and other aspects of managing, running and organizing research experiments. They may help with grant-writing, and there will likely be lots of data collection this term both running human subjects and coding videotapes and photos.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Vivian Lo, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: REQUIRED: Ideal research assistants are willing to work about 10 hours a week. Sometimes this might mean coming into the RA office to do the work; other times you can do it in the computer lab or at home. Most of the time will be running research subjects, however. Previous research experience is desirable but not essential – particularly in social psychology. Proficiency with Excel and knowledge of how to use SPSS are both pluses as are special skills in programming, video editing, website making, and photoshop and photography. We indicate below that hours per week is to be negotiated, but expect a 9 hour a week minimum requirement.

Weekly Hours: 9-12 hrs

Related website: http://faculty.haas.berkeley.edu/dana_carney/

Closed (3) Authenticity and Ego-centric Social Network Research (2 Projects)

Closed. This professor is continuing with Fall 2017 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Spring 2018.

Project 1: Ego-centric Social Network Research (write to: Sanaz Mobasseri:sanaz_mobasseri@haas.berkeley.edu)

We are looking for undergraduates interested in social networks research. In particular, this research involves the collection and analysis of egocentric network data. This involves designing survey instruments to collect data about their contacts and characteristics of those corresponding relationships. Research questions include: Can individuals accurately judge network characteristics of others based on thin slices? Under what conditions do people help contacts who bear a potentially stigmatizing mark? How do different goals change network perception and network recall?

Project 2: IDENTITY AND AUTHENTICITY AT WORK (write to Beth Devine: beth.devine@insead.edu)

This research stream investigates the idea of being authentic at work: Should we be ourselves at work? Should we share our identities? How much is too much -- & how much is not enough? Can we be authentic without being transparent -- or vice versa? We will investigate these research questions across contexts (management consultants, factory workers) and career stages (early career to executive level) using both qualitative (interviews) and quantitative (lab studies) methods.

Fall 2016: Phase I - Qualitative
The RA will receive 1:1 instruction on the art of literature reviews, qualitative interviewing, and data organization. The RA will first develop familiarity with current research on authenticity and identity. Then the RA will help to code qualitative interview data using the research software NVivo (no prior experience required). The RA will work with the P.I. for the data analysis in developing higher-order codes that connect theoretical concepts to the interview data. Qualitative methods are a less common but growing trend in management research, therefore this is a rare but opportune chance to gain first-hand experience. Project is ideal for someone looking to apply to a Ph.D. in OB, Management, or Sociology in Fall 2017 or 2018. Because language is data, a native English speaker is required.

Spring 2017: Phase II - Quantitative
The RA will aid the P.I. in executing laboratory studies on authenticity and identity, and have an opportunity to help shape these experiments using the findings from Phase I. This phase of the project is ideal for someone looking to apply to a Ph.D. in OB, Management, or Social Psychology in Fall 2017 or 2018.

As a URAP student, your help will be essential for us to answer the questions listed above. You will learn about how a study is run, how data is analyzed and how conclusions are formed, inspiring future studies. Specifically, expect to learn over time details including: (1) training in one of the most popular psychological survey tools, Qualtrics, (2) prepare survey experiments on Qualtrics platform, (3) collect, code, and analyze data. More generally, students will learn what it takes to conduct high-quality, psychological science – it takes a lot of time, effort, dedication, and love of the work!

The primary mentor for this project is Sanaz Mobasseri, who is a 4th year graduate student in Haas.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Sanaz Mobasseri, Ph.D. candidate

Qualifications: Specific Qualifications REQUIRED: You should be detail-oriented, patient, highly organized, and willing to work at night and on the weekends to collect data or work on research. Be prepared to do what we need to do to get our work done. Research doesn’t rest! REQUIRED: You should be prepared to tackle challenges, learn new things, and ask lots of questions. I’m always open to questions and available to help, but you also should be comfortable with working independently. Weekly Hours: 6-9 Off-Campus Research Site: Mostly off-campus (i.e., from home) but there will be some tasks that you will need to complete on-campus.

Weekly Hours: 9-12 hrs

Closed (4) Group Newcomers; Power; Status; Social Groups

Applications for Spring 2018 are now closed for this project.

► write to: Daniel Stein (daniel_stein@berkeley.edu)

Broadly, I am seeking to understand the relationship between power/status and entry into social groups. RAs will work on a variety of projects on group newcomers, power, and status.
For example, current topics include: 
- Status: how do people gain status when they join a social group
- Power: how do people high (vs. low) in power join a social group
- Hazing: where and why hazing occurs

Additional research interests include nonverbal behavior, deception, and group rituals.

I am seeking 1-2 RAs to commit at least 9 hrs/week, although you should expect some weeks to work 12 hours/week. Most of the time will be running research participants. However, I anticipate RAs will be involved in nearly all phases of the research process, including literature reviews, experimental design, data collection and data analysis. 

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Daniel Stein, Graduate Student

Qualifications: RAs should be conscientious, proactive, motivated, independent and willing to ask questions and learn. Students interested in social/personality psychology and organizational behavior (from any major) are highly encouraged to apply. Preferable, but not essential: computer programming/web design skills, R.

Weekly Hours: 9-12 hrs