Joining the lab

In the Social and economic Cognition III Lab, we focus on two main research themes: ambivalence and mixed feelings and judgment and decision-making in relation to spatial distance. If you are a motivated psychology (or behavioral economics) student who is interested in gaining research experience you can apply to the lab as either a Research Assistant (HiWi) or an Internship.

When you join our research group, you will be embedded within one or more of the research projects that we are currently working on. Our work is aimed at understanding the causes and consequences of mixed feelings and ambivalence, and the effect of spatial distance on judgment and decision-making. More about our research can be found on the Research Projects page. You can also read our manuscripts and articles on the Publications page. Examples of the research questions we address in the lab currently are:

  • What are the benefits of being ambivalent for decision-making?
  • How do people respond to ambivalent others? For instance, in the workplace?
  • How do people resolve the conflict between being greedy and being altruistic? What are the consequences of this conflict?
  • How does the spatial distance between objects influence how people choose between these objects? How does it affect how people think about these objects? For instance: are an apple and an orange close together more similar?
  • What is the role of ambivalence and conflict in sustainable behaviors, such as food waste and meat consumption reduction?

Depending on your goals and skills you will be involved in each stage of the research cycle. At the planning stage, you will help develop and pretest materials for  studies; at the data collection stage, you run experiments in the lab, recruit participants on campus and sometimes collect data in other locations; at the data analysis stage, you may help with data entry, statistical analysis, and the graphing of results; you can also be involved programming online surveys and laboratory experiments.

In our lab, we value diversity of opinions, insights, ideas, and backgrounds. We welcome the full spectrum of diversity in ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, age, disability, and country of origin. We want to create an environment where people can learn from each other and help them achieve their goals. We value collaboration, kindness, and inclusion and take a stand against bias and discrimination.

If you are selected to join, you will have the opportunity to work on exciting new lines of research. Participating in research gives you an insight into the latest advances in psychology and hands-on experience in a busy and productive psychology lab. Contact me to learn more or to apply (include a letter of motivation, CV, and grade overview) at i.k.schneider[at]uni-koeln.de