Post doc position in the Social Cognition Lab

POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN SOCIAL COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AT WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

DESCRIPTION OF POSITION: The Social Cognition lab in the Department of Psychology at Washington State University is seeking to fill a three-year grant-funded postdoctoral position, with a start date of August 15, 2014. The successful applicant would work closely with Dr. Joyce Ehrlinger on a project funded by the Institute for Education Sciences. The position will provide training for individuals interested in research on how people’s implicit theories of intelligence shape their metacognitive judgments, use of self-regulated learning strategies and, ultimately, success in learning. Washington State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action educator and employer.

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate should hold a PhD in Psychology or a closely related field by August 15, 2014. Candidates should have strong experimental design, quantitative, and writing skills. It is also important that the candidate works well independently and has strong interpersonal skills. The position is open with respect to area of research specialization but we are particularly interested in individuals with research interests related to Dr. Ehrlinger’s research in self and social judgment, metacognition, and social psychological intervention research. We are interested in candidates whose research falls within social psychology, cognitive psychology, or at the intersection of these two fields.

APPLICATIONS: Applicants should apply online through WSU Human Resources (http://www.wsujobs.com) and submit a letter of application describing their relevant experience, a current curriculum vitae, reprints, and three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin February 26, 2014 and will continue until position is filled. Direct inquiries via email to Joyce Ehrlinger at Ehrlinger@wsu.edu.

NOTE – DUE TO GLITCHES WITH THE WEB-BASED APPLICATION SYSTEM, I HAVE PUSHED BACK THE REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS DATE FROM FEBRUARY 1 TO FEBRUARY 26TH, 2014. THE SYSTEM IS STABLE NOW BUT SOME PEOPLE EXPERIENCED PROBLEMS WHEN TRYING TO SUBMIT LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION. IF IN DOUBT, FEEL FREE TO INQUIRE ABOUT WHETHER YOUR APPLICATION IS COMPLETE AND/OR TO ASK YOUR RECOMMENDERS TO SEND LETTERS TO ME DIRECTLY AT EHRLINGER@WSU.EDU.

A new home and a new grant project

The lab is now settled into the its new home in the Department of Psychology at Washington State University. During the move, we also learned that we received funding from the Institute for Education Sciences for a 4-year investigation into the impact of implicit theories of intelligence on self-regulated learning strategies and success in learning outcomes. You can learn more about this new project on the GLEAM project website and in a recent WSU news story.

Congrats to Erin and Will on starting new jobs!

Congratulations to Erin Sparks Ward and Will Crescioni on landing great jobs! Erin is starting a position this fall as a Continuing Lecturer in the Psychology Department at Purdue University. Will Crescioni is starting a position at the FSU Foundation as a Data Analyst. Both plan to defend their dissertations this fall. We’ll miss you in the lab meetings but are excited about your success!!

Congratulations Erin on Passing the Prospectus Defense

Congratulations to Erin Sparks Ward, who passed her dissertation prospectus defense on August 14, 2012. Her prospectus is titled “Imagining is Believing: Locus of Control Orientation Determines the Impact of Mere Imaginings on Social Judgment.”

Congrats to Will!

Congratulations to <a href = “http://www.psy.fsu.edu/~ehrlingerlab/Crescioni/Crescioni.html”>Will Crescioni</a>, who passed his dissertation prospectus defense on May 21, 2012. This prospectus is titled “The Frayed Edges of Willpower: Perceptions of Stress Impair Self-Regulatory Performance.”

Ehrlinger research on maximizing in the news

Ehrlinger lab work on the relationship between maximizing and commitment is getting some great attention in the news. The paper summarizing this work Sparks*, Ehrlinger, & Eibach, 2012) is published in Personality and Individual Differences.

Selected News Articles:
Discovery – http://blogs.discovery.com/dfh-sara-novak/2011/12/second-guesses-question-their-way-to-depression.html
Psych Central – http://psychcentral.com/news/2011/12/16/questioning-decisions-can-lead-to-unhappiness/32654.html 
Men’s Health – http://news.menshealth.com/choose-the-best-product/2011/12/30/ 
Science News Line – http://www.sciencenewsline.com/summary/2011121613540027.html 
Well Being Wire – http://wellbeingwire.meyouhealth.com/emotional-health/second-guessing-yourself-may-make-you-unhappy-study-says/ 
Fsu – http://fsu.edu/news/2011/12/15/ehrlinger.indecision/

Audio: 
http://news.fsu.edu/Watch-and-Listen/Radio-Stories/Florida-State-Professor-finds-that-second-guessing-one-s-decisions-leads-to-unhappiness