Psychology Internships 2019-20
We are happy to accept student visitors on Erasmus-funded traineeships or placements: we have a dedicated work space for student visitors, a vibrant community of visitors, and campus accommodation can usually be provided even for short visits.
For more information on psychology staff at Keele and research areas please see our people pages.
Please contact Dr Alexandra Lamont for any queries about the process or how to find a project supervisor.
Specific projects offered in 2019-20:
Research interests: Cognitive control (executive functioning) applied to topics such as attentional control during task switching, cognitive inhibition, controlled memory retrieval, working memory, and cognitive flexibility. Tasks available: literature reviewing, behavioural experimentation with human participants, and data analysis. Full immersion in principles of Open Science (https://cos.io/ and https://osf.io/). Require solid grasp of standard quantitative data analysis (e.g. regression, factorial ANOVA), desirable experience of conducting behavioural experiments. No programming experience required but you can learn statistical programming in R and experimental programming in PsychoPy if you wish. Experience in academic publishing a desirable. All levels of students accepted: projects tailored to appropriate levels.
Research interests: examining social psychological predictors of wellbeing: the relationship between political participation and wellbeing, political ideology and wellbeing, and conspiracy beliefs and wellbeing. Data sets exist to explore the antecedents and consequences of skin colour stigma in India, and the relationship between nationalism and sexism. Keen to take students with interests in advanced statistics (e.g. structural equation modelling, multilevel modelling), access to existing datasets. Opportunities to work with large data sets: students will need strong statistical skills or motivation to learn advanced statistics. Students will learn skills in analysis, writing for publication, survey research design, operationalisation of measures of social psychological dispositions and attitudes, and understanding of predominant social psychological frameworks such as social identity, social representations, and social dominance.
Specific project: Education for the future: innovation and pedagogic frailty in higher education. Using mixed research methods this project explores what helps university lecturers be innovative in their practice and what inhibits this. Students could be involved in different tasks including literature reviewing, survey design and dissemination, one-to-one interviews, transcription of interviews, statistical analysis, and thematic analysis. Potential to help with writing up the project and included as co-authors, depending on contribution, and to work with external partners. Task will vary depending on timing.
Specific project: aims to improve relationships between police and the communities they work with. Developing knowledge of the topic areas of policing and interactions between police and the public, be involved in processing and basic quantitative analysis of longitudinal criminal justice data. There may also be opportunities for trainees to transcribe and assist in the analysis of follow-up interview data. As such, both quantitative and qualitative research skills will be enhanced alongside general researcher data handling and processing.
Research interests: musical preferences across the lifespan and happiness and wellbeing through musical activities. Two specific projects offered: 1) a large-scale investigation of music preferences across the lifespan involving Qualtrics online survey distribution and recruitment of a large sample and the use of multivariate statistics; 2) investigation of people who donate musical instruments to charity exploring the narratives around donation (qualitative). Open to discussion on other topics, including other areas of music psychology and happiness and wellbeing at work.
Other members of staff who are interested in offering internships:
Research Expertise: intergroup relations, on the dynamics of collective action and prejudice reduction strategies, effects of social identity and intergroup contact on health, and intergroup emotions among advantaged and disadvantaged groups.
Research interests: visual perception and attention and the neural processes that give rise to them. In particular, my work focuses on perceptual organisation processes such as figure-ground organisation and perceptual grouping which play a role in determining the structure, shape, and depth that we perceive in visual scenes. This work often involves the study of ambiguous images (e.g., faces/vase image) or visual illusions. Looking for MSc students who can program, know Matlab, or have experience with EEG or eye tracking.