Cigarette Craving/Smoking

"I am learning how to communicate with participants professionally.  Since I screen the participants, I am responsible for presenting our study in a professional manner.  I also know how to efficiently research the literature to find studies and data relevant to our study.  I think being able to identify previous research that aligns with this study is helpful.  I am responsible for data entry, so I have learned how to do that with 100% accuracy."


Supervising Faculty:

Michael A. Sayette Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry



Lea Martin
Alcohol and Smoking Research Lab
Sennott Square


Area of Research:  Cigarette craving and smoking, psychological theories of alcohol use and abuse, alcohol and group bonding, cognitive and affective processes in addiction


Description of Research:

We are looking for upper-level undergraduate psychology students who are interested in gaining research experience. Students will have the opportunity to learn about and work on federally funded projects investigating the psychological aspects of cigarette smoking and addiction. For Spring 2018 we are looking for students interested in how autobiographical memory (or the memory for one’s own life) may be involved in cigarette smoking.


Duties of Students:

Duties are flexible, depending on interests and current needs. Typical tasks include assessing behavioral and physiological responses to drugs, data entry, library work, and other related tasks. Students may also have the opportunity to learn how to act as an experimenter in a study, help with data analyses, and help in the planning of additional related research. Students should be available at least 2 days per week. Total number of hours of participation per week can be between 6 to 10 hours for either 2 or 3 credits (depending on the time commitment). 


Additional Requirements:

  • Psychology major is desirable
  • 3.0 or better GPA
  • 12 credits in Psychology including PSY 0035 (Research Methods)
  • Interested students must submit a CV as part of their application


Terms offered: fall, spring and summer


Number of Students: varies by semester