Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Video behavior coding of children with animals and toys"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Summer 2015 - DURI
Research area(s):
Psychology, Education, Animal Behavior and Welfare
Project Description:
There is an emerging field of psychology research focused on the interactions of children with animals, toys, and other stimuli. This project will focus on coding video recordings of children in the educational environment while they interact with their peers. The behavior of children as well as of animals will be quantified. Video-based assessment techniques will be employed as well as analyses of data in excel.
Expected Student Contributions:
Students work will include decoding and analyzing video clips of children while interacting with animals or toys. The student will also be expected to contribute to the preparation of data collection, literature searching, data analysis and scientific writing. It is anticipated that students will learn essential skills for research and scientific publication in an interdisciplinary, team driven setting.
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Desired Qualifications:
Experience working with behavioral observation and coding, interest in human and animal behavior, excellent organizational skills, experience with video software and/or Excel is a plus.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 4 credit hours

Professor in Charge

O'Haire, Marguerite
comparative pathobiology

Student Supervisor

Courtney Daigle
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Cooperating Faculty

AJ Schwichtenberg
Human Development and Family Studies