Conflict Resolution In Interpersonal Relationships 

"It’s contributing to my psychology major because I’m becoming more familiar with the self-affirmation concept but also the research process. I’m more aware a lot of tedious work goes into research before an article can be published. I also thinks it makes me a more well rounded undergrad having that experience because it’s applicable to many situations. For example, I’m able to better understand research articles and the process of collecting and organizing data."  

Supervising Faculty: Dr. Karina Schumann

Contact: Karina Schumann,

Area of Research:  Social Psychology
Description of Research: We are looking for an organized, motivated Psychology student who is interested in gaining research experience and who has an interest in social psychology and/or conflict resolution to join our lab. Our lab has ongoing projects examining the predictors and consequences of various conflict-related beliefs, emotions, and behaviors, such as apologies, justifications, forgiveness, revenge, and empathy.
Duties of Students: The Directed Research student will be involved in various phases of the research process and will be given substantial responsibility. Tasks may include reading background literature related to conflict resolution processes, running participants in a lab-based study, coding written or videotaped data, and performing data management and/or analysis. Training will be provided. Students should be available at least 2 (partial) days per week. Total number of hours of participation per week will be approximately 8 hours for 3 credits.

  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • 12 credits of Psychology (including current term)
  • STAT 0200/1000/1100 Statistics
  • PSY 0036 Research Methods Lecture
  • PSY 0037 Research Methods Lab
  • Prefer PSY 0105 (Social Psychology) 
  • Strong motivation to learn about social psychology research
  • Responsibility, dependability, and ability to work independently

Terms offered: spring and summer

Number of Students: 2