Leigh Ann Vaughn

Leigh Ann Vaughn

Professor, Department of Psychology
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Social Judgment Research Team (Research Team 11)

In spring of 2020, we are (from L to R): Top row: Jade Ramcharan, Owen Matyi, Maddy Amidon, Prof. Leigh Ann Vaughn, Reilley Lambert, Janak Judd, Cheyenne Barrett, and Chase Garvey. Bottom row: Rachael Chalachan, Trish Burkins, Breanna Walsh, Leslie Rodriguez, and Jen Ochiagha.

Research questions for fall 2020 include:

  • How do people motivate themselves to pursue their goals?
  • How do people describe their experiences of being eager or vigilant?
  • How well do research findings replicate at Ithaca College and around the world? (Our team is part of an international research replicability project with more than 360 collaborating institutions.)

The idea of doing research might seem intimidating, but the way we do it on this team makes it fun and not as hard as you might expect. Working together makes our research fun. Students have a lot of voice in the design of the studies, and we all work together in troubleshooting them. We analyze data together, figure out what results mean, and write up results to present at professional conferences.

The work outside of class is highly consistent week to week, and takes 2-3 hours per week. Almost every week, students run a research session in a lab, recruit for research participants, read an assigned research article, and do 1-2 short writing assignments. These activities build research skills that are great for graduate school, including literature review, working closely with others on research, writing in APA style, and analyzing data using SPSS.

Every year, we present our work at the Annual Convention of the Eastern Psychological Association and other professional conferences. In the past 10 years, 55 of my research team students and I have co-authored and presented 27 posters at professional conferences.

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