Dating Decisions Study

This is an ongoing project.

Faculty Researcher: Angela Tiura

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Anthony and Elise


This is part of the Dating Decisions Laboratory in the Department of Psychology. We are developing a virtual reality dating simulation to examine how people make decisions in dating and sexual situations. We are looking for volunteer undergraduate psychology (or similar) majors to assist with running focus groups and transcribing the sessions. Undergraduate research assistants will also be involved in recruiting participants, data entry, data coding, and library research.


(1) The focus groups will include discussions of young single adults' alcohol consumption and sexual behavior. Research assistants must be comfortable talking about and listening to conversations about heavy drinking and sex with casual partners in an open and nonjudgmental manner with research participants and other researchers in the lab. Some participants use crude language; thus, research assistants also must be comfortable reading and hearing profanity.

(2) Research assistants must (a) have at least 2 three-hour blocks of time during the week. These blocks should include some hours in the standard work day (9 am - 5 pm) but ideally also some evenings and weekends; (b) make a two semester commitment; (c) be reliable and punctual; (d) be able to work independently but also follow instructions; (e) wear “business casual” clothes in the lab.

(3) Research assistants must have (a) a 3.00 or higher cumulative GPA; (b) a B or better grade in at least 3 psychology courses or other social science courses.

To Apply: If you meet the criteria listed above, please send a (1) transcript (unofficial); (2) resume; (3) brief statement describing your career goals and how working in this lab will help you achieve them; and (4) contact information for two references - these should be individuals who can comment on your responsibility, motivation, and work habits (please indicate how you know them). These materials should be sent as attachments to an email sent to

Project Timeline

This is part of a 5-year NIH grant-funded project. We are looking for a commitment of at least 2 semesters.


Undergraduate research assistants will be involved in recruiting participants, assisting with conducting focus groups, data entry, transcribing focus groups, data coding, and library research.

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Last Updated

January 5, 2023