Join the Inkblot Team!

Hello everyone!

Inkblot is the undergraduate psychology journal at the University of Toronto. We are recruiting editors, layout editors, and a marketing manager* to help with the seventh issue of Inkblot! Some benefits of being part of an undergraduate editorial board include:

  1. Helps improve your writing and research skills. As an editor, you will learn to critically evaluate your peers’ literature reviews and primary research papers. This will in turn help improve your own skills in writing coherent and engaging research papers.
  2. Become familiarized with the publication process. If you are considering graduate school, writing and publishing research papers will make up a significant portion of your work. Familiarizing yourself with the process makes it less daunting for when you have to publish during graduate school.
  3. Develop desirable skills for the workplace or for future education. Being an editor for an undergraduate journal demonstrates your knowledge of good writing, time management skills, leadership, initiative, familiarity with the publication process, and your support of research endeavours. Being a marketing manager also demonstrates your ability to contribute to the growth of an organization and to work well in a team, and is great for individuals seeking future roles in promotional work.
  4.  A great way to appreciate and support undergraduate writing, and to be more engaged with the psychology community at UofT!

If you would like to be a part of this amazing editorial opportunity, please follow the appropriate links to your application of interest:

Editor application (due Sept. 30): https://goo.gl/forms/xLtH9dNLZe0L36Kt1

Layout editor application (due Oct. 15)https://goo.gl/forms/SJrxKoGR7nQwWKBz1

Marketing manager application (due Oct. 7): https://goo.gl/forms/dCB9mHXYzqcO115f2
*No past marketing experience necessary.

For each position, please fill out the appropriate application form and follow the detailed instructions within each form (each position has different, unique instructions for  applicants).

More information regarding each role can also be found within the respective application forms!

Please visit our website for more information, along with past Inkblot issues: inkblotuoft.wordpress.com. If you have any further inquiries, please feel free to email Kayla at inkblotjournal@gmail.com.

Kayla Liu


Inkblot: The Undergraduate Journal of Psychology



Looking for Research Assistants!

The Organizational Behaviour at the Rotman School of Management is currently looking for volunteer research assistants for this term (starting immediately) to help design and run studies on gender and self-presentation in the job search process. They are looking for students with strong academic records, and who are reliable, conscientious, and capable of independent work. Relevant lab experience (e.g. running participants, knowledge of Qualtrics) is an asset but not required. Applicants should be able to commit at least six hours to lab work each week, and will have the opportunity to engage with multiple stages of the experimental process (e.g., study design, programming and running studies, data structuring and analysis). If interested, please send your CV, unofficial transcript, and any other questions to joyce.he@mail.utoronto.ca.

Recruiting Research Assistants!

The MacDonald Social Psychology Research Laboratory at the University of
Toronto St. George is currently seeking reliable and conscientious
volunteer research assistants for the 17-18 school year.

Students interested in this position must:

– have a strong academic record (cGPA of 3.5 is preferred)
– be available to volunteer 6-8 hours a week (starting immediately) and
into the 2017-2018 school term
– be attentive to detail and able to work independently
– previous lab experience an asset but not required

If interested in volunteering, please email your CV and unofficial
transcripts to Kaz Laird at maclab.manager@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!



Research Assistant Needed!

The Psychology of Emerging Adulthood Research Lab (PEARL) is seeking an undergraduate Research Assistant to assist with a multi-site SSHRC-funded study on family relationships, risk, wellness and well-being in emerging adulthood. The RA will assist with participant recruitment,
screening, and scheduling; data collection with parents and young adults using an online survey and a daily survey app; database management; and preliminary data analysis (using SPSS). In addition, the RA will provide some support around knowledge transfer using social media.

Applicants should:
– Be able to commit to up to 8 hours per week, with some flexibility in times (e.g.,
checking and responding to emails; checking data compliance from home)
– Have excellent organizational abilities
– Be able to work independently and as part of a research team
– Have a good understanding of research ethics and standards and the importance of
maintaining confidentiality of participant information
– Have working knowledge of various methods of recruitment, including social media
– Previous experience with SPSS is an asset

Starting base rate of pay is $18.00 to $22.00 per hour (depending on student level and experience). Interested students should send a letter of interest, unofficial transcript, and cv to Dr. Abby Goldstein at abbyl.goldstein@utoronto.ca by. Priority will be given to early applicants. An informal interview will follow successful applications.


Research Assistant Needed!

We are looking for motivated Cognitive Science students who are interested in obtaining research experience in computational cognitive modeling.

What are we studying? Languages differ in how they express the same situation. Where English has one preposition on (the cup is on the table, the coat is on the hook), Dutch uses two: op and aan (the cup is *op* the table, the coat is *aan* the hook). Having the same text translated into multiple languages (a parallel corpus) gives us a rich source of information about the between-language variation in how objects and events are labeled. In our research, we explore computational linguistic and cognitive modelling techniques to address questions in linguistics (how do languages vary in how they carve up the world?) and cognitive science (how do people learn word meanings in various languages?).

What do we expect? The student is expected to be able to program in Python, as well as sincere interest in computational linguistics and/or psycholinguistics and/or human cognition. The student’s tasks consist of programming parts of the parallel-corpus pipeline, helping to set up web experiments, and data visualization. The workload will be 8-10 hours a week.

What can you expect? The student will participate in an ongoing research project and interact with a team consisting of at least two other members: the supervisor (Suzanne Stevenson) and a postdoctoral fellow (Barend Beekhuizen). Weekly activities include developing computational models, attending one-on-one and group meetings with the supervisor and her team, and writing progress reports. Participation in this project gives the student an opportunity to get an actual research experience, to improve their programming skills, to gain new knowledge in the fields of computational linguistics and psycholinguistics, and to establish connections with the faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students in the Department of Computer Science.


CONTACT Barend Beekhuizen <barend@cs.toronto.edu>

Volunteer with the Collaborative for South Asian Mental Health!

The Collaborative for South Asian Mental Health is composed of researchers from various organizations across the Greater Toronto Area who come together to focus on how research can contribute to improving the mental health of South Asian communities in Toronto. They are currently looking for volunteers!

Please email your application to southasianmentalhealth1@gmail.com and indicate which position you’re applying for in the subject line.

Volunteer Opportunity


Participate in Online Study on Detecting Email Scams

Brock’s Social Cognitive Development Lab and UofT’s Development Lab invite young adults (18-25) to participate in a new online study on detecting email scams!

In the study, you will be asked to try and differentiate between legitimate and scam emails, and you will complete various questionnaires to assess the social and cognitive factors that could be related to scam detection.

This study is done entirely online, so it can be completed in the comfort of your own home.

Participants will receive an Amazon.ca gift card worth up to $10.

Eligible participants must:

  • Be between 18 and 25 years of age
  • Make their own financial decisions
  • Have no history of cognitive impairment
  • Have an email address, and have at least some email experience
  • Not have participated in a scam detection study this summer with Kang Lee’s Development Lab

If you are interested, please follow this link to be directed to the survey: https://brocklrc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4T8fyoDhOoIwj6l


Volunteer Research Assistants Needed!

The Wisdom and Identity Lab, under the supervision of Dr. Michel Ferrari at OISE, University of Toronto, seeking volunteer Research Assistants! Volunteers will assist with a multinational, interdisciplinary research project on Motivation and Virtue across different faiths, nationalities, and age groups. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain familiarity with mixed methods research, cross-cultural studies, and phenomenological psychology. Our immediate need is for research assistants to recruit senior participants from amongst the Muslim community in Toronto.

Ideally, applicants should:

· Be able to commit at least 6 hours a week until September 2017 (with flexibility allowed week to week)

· Be able to work both independently and as part of a team

· Applicants will be expected to be responsive to project emails within 24 hours

· Priority will be given to early applicants

Interested applicants should send a CV and unofficial transcript to Fatemeh.alhosseini@mail.utoronto.ca by July 29. Late applications are not guaranteed to be considered. An informal interview will follow successful applications