Learning Ins and Outs of Research
Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012
Jordunn Joubert '13 worked as a research assistant in the Learning and Research Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh this summer. The psychology and dance education double major walked away with a greater understanding of how psychology experiments are conducted.
Joubert worked in the behavioral laboratory, as part of a team researching the topic of language and memory and how they coincide. Joubert was responsible for informing the participants of their rights when they agreed to take part in the experiment. She also set up each research program, scheduled participants, and analyzed the final results.
This year, she intends to conduct an honor's project to examine how socioeconomic status and phonological awareness effects children's reading development. The work she did at the University of Pittsburgh provided her with valuable knowledge of ways to go about researching for her honors, she says.
On campus, Joubert has been involved in the WHWS-FM radio station since her first year. She also will work as a psychology teaching fellow during the 2012-2013 academic year and is in the process of launching a psychology club. After William Smith, she intends to pursue graduate school.