Title: research Project:
Cross-cultural perception of emotion expressions. A study in rural Uganda.
Join Our Team in Investigating the cross-cultural perception of emotions in a cross-cultural setting!
Are you fascinated by the way humans communicate and manage their emotional states during social interactions? Do you have a keen interest in understanding these emotional processes and whether they may vary cross-culturally? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!
We are seeking a Research Assistant to contribute to our ongoing studies in the field of cross-cultural emotion perception. In this role, you will play a vital part in unraveling the mysteries of how these emotional processes work, often outside of conscious awareness.
Using innovative experimental and eyetracking techniques, you will be an integral member of our team, helping to shed light on these intriguing topics. Our research is at the cutting edge of the field, employing state-of-the-art techniques within a cross-cultural multidisciplinary framework. This project takes an evolutionarily-grounded approach to delve into the origins of emotion perception, offering a unique opportunity to contribute to our understanding of this fascinating aspect of human behavior. The project focuses on how humans attend to facial features of emotions, whether this depends on the social context and whether this varies cross-culturally. Join us in exploring the depths of emotion perception and make a meaningful impact on the scientific community's knowledge in this area. Tasks
As part of an international and local team, the research assistant will conduct cross-cultural behavioural and eyetracking research in rural Uganda. The role will require helping to set up and program eyetracking experiments, and collect data at the field site. Further, some administrative duties such as assisting in the local supervision and coordination of the research, making plannings, and writing progress reports to the different parties involved.
The role will involve approx. 6-8 weeks fieldwork to our established research site in Budongo, western Uganda. This is a rural tropical area with basic living conditions and facilities. Although conditions are basic, email, phone/whatsapp communications are possible. The researcher will work closely with local field assistants, who form part of the Budongo Families Project (a collaborative community research initiative, directed by Profs Zanna Clay & Katie Slocombe). Supervision will be provided.
This project is supported by funding from an ESRC/NWO-Open Research Area grant to Dr. Mariska Kret (Leiden University) and Dr Zanna Clay. The project will run in parallel with ongoing projects in the CoPAN lab, directed by Dr. Mariska Kret (www.mariskakret.com; see also our Copan Leiden Facebook page). Selection Criteria
- B.Sc. or M.Sc. in experimental psychology, biology or related field;
- Experience with field-work or basic conditions;
- Experience living or working in cultural settings other than one’s own;
- Organizational skills and professional work attitude;
- Committed, trustworthy and punctual;
- Demonstrable ability to work cooperatively as part of a team;
- Excellent social and communication skills (including local Uganda staff and local participants);
- Flexible mindset, (in terms of willingness to travel to different zoos, changing plans if the situation requires it etc.).