Lindsay Graham, Research Specialist

Closed (1) Psychology of Home Spaces

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

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. With this project we will be conducting a literature review to explore the latest work in the area of the psychology of home spaces and identifying the gaps in this type of work.


All work will be done remotely from home. Students will spend time researching work done within this area (and related topics). Those who are organized, enjoy reading, and are detail oriented would be the best fit for this work.


Qualifications: Specifically seeking applicants with a strong interest in psychology (in some capacity, no need to be a psych major). 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 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: 3-5 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: Remotely from home.

Related website: https://cbe.berkeley.edu/about-us/people/lindsay-graham/

Closed (2) Psychology of space

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

Individuals select and manipulate environments to best fit the tasks they need to complete and/or to support the cognitive and emotional states needed to thrive in those spaces. In a series of studies we are looking at how people select and manipulate daily space to achieve these goals. Specifically, in one study we are exploring the way people match themselves to different types of work environments to maximize well-being and productivity. And in another study we are exploring how occupants can use their home space to regulate their emotions with smart building systems.

This line of research explores the intersection of personality/social psychology, engineering, 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 these studies (e.g., workplace design, worker productivity, workplace well-being, emotion regulation). 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.

Qualifications: We are looking for highly motivated, dependable, analytical, 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. The ability to communicate professionally and politely with participants is paramount. 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: 3-5 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: All work will be done remotely from home.

Related website: https://cbe.berkeley.edu/about-us/people/lindsay-graham/
Related website: https://cbe.berkeley.edu/about-us/people/thomas-parkinson/

Closed (3) Workspace design: window view and occupant experience

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

Having a proper workspace is essential in contemporary society as people spend the majority of their time indoors (an average of 93% of their life; the Environmental Protection Agency). 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.

Having a proper workspace is essential in contemporary society as people spend the majority of their time indoors (an average of 93% of their life; the Environmental Protection Agency). Of this indoor time, the workplace is one of the primary spaces where people generally stay for long hours in a fixed location within a building. While some people 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.

Through survey data analysis, we are planning to investigate the essential aspects of the outdoor view through a window on worker satisfaction and well-being. We are particularly interested in a) how big the window should be; b) how close the window should be, and c) what kinds of outdoor elements that the window should provide to enhance the experience of the office workers. In this research, we will analyze the window view conditions of 100 workspaces that we collected the survey data from the occupants. We will use Google Earth Studio, Photoshop, and R to quantify various view conditions that the 100 buildings have. At the end, we will try to see if we can find any relationship among view conditions and the occupant survey data.


This line of research explores the intersection of architecture/design, environmental psychology, and data science. My goal is to help give you exposure to the ins and outs of conducting high-quality research. I am looking for 4 students excited about these topics and eager to assist with a variety of tasks. Students will gain hands-on experience in the research project including but not limited to: visual inspection of the building design using 3D building information, analyzing window view images using graphical software programs, assisting the data cleaning, writing a simple script in R, and managing the image data.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Won Hee Ko, Ph.D. candidate

Qualifications: Seeking 4 students with interest in the built environment (e.g., architecture, design), psychology, and data analysis. Most importantly though I am looking for highly motivated, dependable, conscientious, intellectually curious individuals. Regarding the previous experience, I am looking for students experience with Microsoft Office. Any current or previous coursework in architecture, psychology, statistics (R), is a plus.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: All work will be completed virtually.

Related website: https://cbe.berkeley.edu/about-us/people/lindsay-graham/
Related website: https://cbe.berkeley.edu/about-us/people/won-hee-ko/