I’ve been here for three weeks and man have they flown by. I guess that (almost) always happens when you’re traveling somewhere, but still I think it means I’m having a good time!
Since my last post, I’ve figured out what I’ll be working on and have been working closely alongside two grad students and a post-doc here on three separate projects. I’m working on a study on mapping moral judgments and the evaluative domains we use to make those judgments, A longitudinal study on friendship, romance, desire, and hook ups, and lastly on a project examining the validity of the emotion ratings for images that are a part of the International Affective Picture System. It’s quite cool to be involved in so many projects concurrently– I’m performing different parts of the research process in each one so it feels like I’m getting a taste of everything. As far as the work goes the position has met my expectations, it’s lab work so sometimes tedious but almost always interesting.
Something I’ve been extremely happy about is the amount of communication I’ve been able to have with faculty and grad students here. All the grad students I’ve worked with have been totally willing to just sit down and chat about school and life, which just creates a great working environment. I have a weekly meeting with Professor Keltner here where we just chat about the work I’m doing as well as my plans for the future, questions about grad school, etc. This week I met with Professor Ayduk who studies relationships and social cognition, it was really positive and it was awesome to talk to more people about their research. I also have plans to meet with another Professor who studies emotion-regulation here (Iris Mauss) in early June, I’m really excited for that one as her lab and research interests align almost perfectly with mine.
All in all, it’s been great. Demanding, but stimulating.
Like I said before: good research with great people.