Classroom Attention Tracking (CAT) Study
Sarah Jo Torgrimson
Description of Research Project:
We are beginning a new project assessing attentional processes and engagement for students in early elementary school. Using both behavioral and electrophysiological methods, we examine the correlates of executive functions (e.g., attention, response inhibition, and working memory) and self-regulation behaviors during a mock-classroom lesson. The ultimate goal of this work is to understand the ways in which children regulate their attention during varying activities in the hopes of furthering our knowledge of how children with different levels of attentional skills maintain engagement in the classroom.
Description of Student Responsibilities:
We are looking for students to fill three different research position teams. Due to training demands, students are required to commit to at least 1-year with the lab. Interested students please email transcript, resume/CV, and 2 references. Commitment involves 6-10 hours/week. Students are also expected to attend weekly lab meetings. Data Collection Team: Primary responsibilities will include participant recruitment and data collection. Research assists will learn wireless EEG methods and assist with one-on-one and group sessions with students in K-2nd grade. Must be available during afterschool hours (2:30 PM – 4:30 PM) at least two days during school week. Preference given to those available to assist with collection during summer session A. Experience with children (camp counselor, tutoring, babysitting, etc.) required. Behavioral Coding Team: Primary responsibilities include coding videotapes of student sessions. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and comfortable learning new video coding software. Preference given to those with strong organization and time management skills. Additional responsibilities may include input of questionnaire data and participant reports/notes. EEG Processing Team: Primary responsibilities include processing electrophysiological (EEG) data. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and comfortable learning processing software. Students will receive training in physics of EEG activity and will be required to read literature regarding EEG data collection and processing. Preference given to those with strong organization and time management skills. Additional responsibilities may include input of questionnaire data and participant reports/notes.