At York, Psychology is taught as an empirical science.
The undergraduate programme is built around the main areas of Psychology and takes a scientific perspective on each area (broadly, biological, cognitive, social, developmental). Within each module, there is a focus on how research is designed, what methods are used, how data are collected, and on data analysis and interpretation. There is also a practical component to most of the modules and undergraduates participate in experimental studies as part of their research experience.
An excellent way for students to expand their knowledge of Psychology as a science is by gaining first-hand experience of research in action. A research experience scheme is currently under way in the department to offer students the opportunity of assisting with the research of faculty members and where appropriate, other research staff.
The scheme will allow students who wish to gain research experience to volunteer to assist with a given project. Details of available projects will be provided on PsychWeb, together with an outline of the research questions, what the research assistance would involve and the rate of pay. The webpage will be regularly updated with new projects and will provide details of the results of completed projects. We aim to keep a database of volunteers to ensure that opportunities are shared as widely as possible.
Any 1st or 2nd year student can take part in the scheme. Preference will normally be given to second year students.
Third year students will normally be busy with their own projects but if they have volunteered in their 1st or 2nd it would not be unusual for them to be invited back to the same lab.
The scheme is likely to be particularly relevant to students who are considering a research career (MPhil/PhD) or in other work of a psychological nature (e.g., educational psychology).
Payment will normally be at the departmental rate of £5.05 per hour. However, in some cases, you will be offered a rate for a completed 'package' (e.g, a sum of money to select a set of stimuli, or to run an experimental participant, conduct a timing analysis of the data and enter the data).
The funds for this research will come from the research budgets of individual staff members. In some cases where no funds are available, there may be a request for voluntary assistance.
From time to time, there is the opportunity to apply for a research bursary to complete a vacation placement. Such schemes will also be advertised on the webpage.
Anything and everything to do with research!
This may include:
We suggest that students who take part in this scheme keep a portfolio detailing their experience. There will be a standard form [pdf]for this which your lab supervisor should complete and sign. Information in the portfolio can then be added to your CV, and may also be useful to a supervisor who is providing a reference for you.
We are also keen to have your comments on the scheme as it develops.