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Macrina

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

Expertise
Psychology, social psychology, neuroscience, political psychology
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Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Leveraging Psychology to Help Bridge Political Divides

Over the past few decades, Americans have become increasingly polarized. How can we take insights from psychology to help people better understand those who are "on the other side" of the political spectrum? This project could involve reading articles/books, interviewing exercises, and more to identify potential interventions. It could take the form of a research paper, research transformed into a blog post, video or podcast format, or an online survey where we collect our own data.

Design a Computer Task for a Neuroimaging Study

In this project, we can start with a question that you have about the brain - e.g. how does the brain respond to statements that are funny versus sad? We will brainstorm ideas, explore important considerations, and program the task in a user-friendly (free) program called PsychoPy.

Coding skills

R, Matlab, Python