Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Personality Traits of Computer Hackers"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Spring 2016 - DURI
Research area(s):
Psychology, Cybercrime
Project Description:
The goal of the current study is to determine if there are personality differences between computer deviants (e.g., hackers) and general deviants (e.g., substance abuse, theft). That is to say, are there personality differences between computer hackers vs. general deviants? This study will be conducted using an Internet-based survey measuring personality characteristics, including psychopathy, and deviant/criminal behavior.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will gain hands-on experience with conducting an Internet-based research study. The intern will assist in the design of the survey, participant recruitment, and data entry.
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Desired Qualifications:
Prior completion of a research methods course and statistics course are strongly preferred but not required. Attention to detail and dedication are extremely important. Other skills may include: online survey design, participant recruitment, data entry, or other research experience.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Seigfried-spellar, Kathryn
Computer and Information Technology

Student Supervisor

Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar
Assistant Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Donald Lynam
Psychological Sciences