Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"The Role of the Amygdala in the Risk for Eating Disorders"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Spring 2014 - DURI
Research area(s):
Psychology, Women's Global Health Institute, Eating Disorders
Project Description:
The Center for the Advancement of Research on Eating Behaviors (CARE) focuses on the assessment and diagnosis of eating and weight disorders. We have several ongoing projects taking place in the CARE lab, including psychologically and biologically based research. Current studies are focused on understanding the roles of personality, mood, anxiety (particularly fear-based neural-circuitry), and body image in the development and maintenance of problem eating behaviors.
Expected Student Contributions:
Interns in the CARE lab will have opportunities to engage in the following activities: recruitment, determination of diagnosis to determine study eligibility, data entry, and running research sessions to test participants' responses to pictorial stimuli using physiological assessment.
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Desired Qualifications:
Desired qualifications include: 3.5 or above GPA, good attention to detail, and some prior coursework in psychology or the social sciences. Senior students should have had prior research experience.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Forbush, Kelsie
Psychological Sciences/Health and Human Sciences

Student Supervisor

Kelsie Forbush
Assistant Professor

Cooperating Faculty

David Ebert
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Edward Delp
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering