Postbaccalaureate Research Assistant
I am a Senior at San Diego State University and my goal is to attend a master’s program for Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology. I got involved with the STEPP lab because the research topics we assess are related to topics in I/O psychology. The bottom line in any organization is performance, and in the STEPP lab we assess variables such as Social comparison and Stereotype threat and how they are related to the way individuals with specific group memberships perform on tasks. We additionally look at the effects of in-group role models on task performance. Since it has been shown in the Social Psychology literature that Stereotype threat could be strong enough to debilitate performance on a task where the person has high ability to perform but is negatively stereotyped in the situation, examples such as this are subject to occurring in the work place as well.
Here in the lab, I am able to learn about the constructs (Stereotype threat, Social comparison, and Attention) more deeply, aid in research design, and learn more robust strategies for cleaning data and data analyses. Through these activities, I hope to develop in my abilities to conduct research and help contribute to further understanding in the Social Psychology literature in this lab.
B.A. May 2018 San Diego State University (Industrial and Organizational Psychology)