Ann Kring, Professor

Closed (1) Motivation and Emotional Expression in Schizophrenia

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

Negative symptoms of schizophrenia, such as social withdrawal, diminished emotional expressivity, and deficits in motivation, can have devastating effects on social and occupational functioning. To better understand the nature of negative symptoms, the following projects explore how people with schizophrenia 1) describe their social relationships and 2) regulate their emotional experience and expression.

We will be working on two different projects together.

Utilizing responses to clinical interviews that assess for motivation, pleasure, and emotion expression, we intend to study how people with schizophrenia communicate about their social lives. Research assistants will assist in the implementation of a coding system of interview responses.

Though emotional expressivity deficits in schizophrenia have been well established, relatively little is known about how people with schizophrenia increase and decrease their experience and expression of emotion to meet contextual demands. Before we can tackle this issue, we first need to better understand how people without schizophrenia do this. The current study will explore the role of situational factors in the regulation of emotion in college students. Research assistants will be responsible for assisting in study design, data collection, and data management.

Research assistants will also participate in weekly meetings to discuss relevant background readings in the domains of emotion regulation and motivation. Other duties may include document preparation, data entry, data analysis, and literature reviews. Through participation in the described projects, research assistants will become familiar with the clinical research process and learn more about social and emotional processes in people with and without schizophrenia.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Lauren Weittenhiller, Graduate Student

Qualifications: We are seeking motivated students with an interest in psychology, and availability with class schedules to accommodate session scheduling throughout the week. Punctuality, professionalism, and a careful and conscientious demeanor are imperative. Strong interpersonal skills and a comfort with interacting with research participants is required.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs