A 24-Day Smartphone Study on Memory and Causal Reasoning

Supervising Faculty: Benjamin Rottman


Ciara Willett


Area of Research: Cognitive Psychology

Description of Research: We are just starting a series of new studies on how people learn cause-effect relations in everyday life (e.g., does taking a medicine make me feel better, does running improve my mood, etc.). One of the challenges of learning these causal relations in everyday life is that one would have to remember experiences over multiple weeks (e.g., which days did I go running, and how did I feel after running). We will conduct a 24 day smartphone study as well as lab-based studies to track participants’ memories as well as their final decisions.

Duties of Students: Debugging the smartphone app (no technical experience necessary), recruiting and running participants and contacting participants during the 24-day study, potentially data analysis

• Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
• 12 credits of Psychology (including current term)
• STAT 0200/1000/1100- Statistics
• PSY 0035- Research Methods in Psychology
Terms offered: Spring 2018

Number of Students: 2