Communication in Close Relationships

"This Directed Research experience is helping me to develop a true understanding of the complex traits of dyads. Overall, my undergraduate degree is enriched because this experience allows me to apply my academic knowledge learned in the class to the discovery of cutting-edge thoughts in my interested field of psychology. "


Supervising Faculty:

Dr. Amanda Forest



Kori Krueger


Area of Research:  Social Psychology: Close relationships


Description of Research:

We are looking for organized, motivated Psychology students who are interested in gaining research experience in the area of social psychology and close relationships to join our Relationship Processes lab starting in the Fall 2018 semester.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about close relationships and to work on projects related to (a) how people communicate with others (e.g., how they express their emotions, how they provide support) or (b) how people respond to events and situations that might make them feel that their romantic relationship is at risk.


Duties of Students:

Students will be involved in various phases of the research process and will be given substantial responsibility. Tasks may include running participants or couples in lab-based studies, coding written or videotaped data, and performing data management and/or analysis. Training will be provided.

Interested 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. Previous research experience is an asset but is not required. For some positions, preference will be given to students who can commit to 2 terms of Directed Research (Fall 2018, Spring 2019).


Additional Requirements:

  • 3.0 or higher GPA
  • At least 12 credits in Psychology, including PSY 0105 (Social Psychology) and PSY 0035 (Research Methods)
  • Strong motivation to learn about psychological research and interest in relationships research in particular
  • Responsibility, dependability, and ability to work independently


Terms offered: fall and spring


Number of Students: 3