Fall 2017 Courses:
PSYCH571-001: Seminar in Social Psychology (EMPATHY & ALTRUISM, Graduate-Level); Tuesdays, 9:00AM-12:00PM
How do we decide whether to help others? Are people naturally prosocial, and is human altruism possible? Why do people feel empathy and compassion for others, and are these emotions morally praiseworthy or problematic? Moral philosophers have long discussed these questions, and psychologists and neuroscientists have complemented these discussions with empirical studies over the past three decades. This course will give you a broad survey of the field, and illuminate specific debates and cutting-edge trends. By the end of the course, my goal is for you to have a ready-to-implement research project that bridges your research interests with questions about empathy and altruism. Because the study of empathy and altruism is inherently interdisciplinary, enrollment is encouraged from students across disciplines (e..g, psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, biology, sociology, anthropology).
Are you interested in joining the EMP Lab?
We are currently seeking highly motivated undergraduate students to work in our lab for the fall 2016 semester. Interested students must have at least a 3.0 GPA, be extremely conscientious and attentive to detail, and be interested in empirical approaches to human morality and ethics. We prefer students who can commit to 10 hours per week, and who can commit to work in the lab for multiple semesters. Interested students must be able to attend the weekly lab meeting. Experiences in this lab will provide contact with all stages of the research process, including brainstorming of ideas, literature review, stimulus development and design, study programming, running experiments, compiling and coding data, data analysis and visualization, and assisting with manuscripts and presentations. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Cameron, with an e-mail containing your resume, unofficial transcripts, and a brief 200-word summary of why you would like to gain experience in this lab.
Research assistants receive course credit (PSYCH 494). Working in the EMP Lab will provide useful research experience and be good preparation for graduate school. Students with dual interests/majors in relevant fields (e.g., psychology & philosophy) are especially encouraged to apply.
We are currently recruiting undergraduate research assistants for the fall 2017 semester.
Interested in doing research on empathy or moral decision-making? Dr. Cameron will be recruiting a new graduate student in the fall 2017 application cycle, to start in fall 2018.