Madlab currently has three undergraduates working as research assistants.
Annie Ditta is a third year psychology major and biology minor. The research she does in Madlab investigates collaborative group memory. Instead of using a standard wisdom of crowd approach, Annie is using an iterative learning condition where each participant is allowed to see and alter the immediately preceding participant’s response. So far, Annie’s reseach has proposed that the group aggregate seems to be yielding better performance at the end of a chain.
Mindy De Young is a fourth year psychology major. Mindy’s research in Madlab involves sports predictions. Through her online experiments, she found that you can identify experts through wisdom of the crowds approaches, and that this approach is more accurate than self-assessment of expertise. Mindy is also graduating this academic year and will be enrolling in graduate school at Cal State Long Beach September 2011.
Daniela Amado is a fourth year psychology major. Her research in Madlab investigates the conscious awareness of memory performance, or metamemory, in Alzheimers patients. Daniela compared patients’ estimated to actual memory performance and found that metamemory decays as soon as Alzheimers disease is present. Daniela is also graduating this year and plans to take a year off before pursuing a higher education in law.