Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

Technology on Consciousness and Socialization Lab

Since their introduction in mid-1980s cell phones have evolved from being a mere way of communication to an integral part of our lives. Particularly 3G phones, including Blackberries, iPhones , and other smart phones are increasingly facilitating interpersonal communication, social networking, and personal organization.  The former innovation has clearly made a significant impact on people’s lives worldwide.  In our lab we intend to investigate the ways mobile technology has affected people’s patterns of communication, awareness, interpersonal relationships, social awareness, and style of interactions with one another. In our research we will be assessing levels of anxiety, socialization, attitudes toward cell phones, and consciousness.

Current projects in this area include the examination of how 3G cell phones use influences different areas of our everyday life such as socialization, relationships, and our self-awareness. Variables such as anxiety, loneliness, and willingness to communicate face to face will be evaluated using various innovative research designs.

A separate line of research in this lab focuses on the cultivation of a particular form of awareness, known as mindfulness. The prime goal is to explore the benefits of mindfulness meditation on emotions and cognitions. Mindfulness, which originated in the traditions of Asia, incorporates various forms of meditation and modern science that invites people to focus on relatively narrow aspects of their experiences at any given moment. Different techniques, including body scan meditation and mindful standing yoga might be used. In general, mindfulness allows us to open both our minds and bodies to new knowledge, as well as encourages us to be curious and willing to discover small subtleties in usual practices.

We are currently working on an exploration of the utility of mindfulness meditation for adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

In this lab, graduate and undergraduate assistants play an active role in designing and carrying out the psychological research in the areas of interest. In the long process, students acquire crucial skills, such as collecting and organizing relative information, conducting literature reviews, preparing and running the studies, analyzing data and ultimately publishing our findings. In the warm and encouraging atmosphere of Dr. Sitt's Lab, a consensus is reached through respectful team corroboration. Finally, our lab offers the opportunity for each student to realize their full potential by adding their own ideas, questions, and hypothesis to our research.

If you have any interest in a research internship, please contact contact Dr. David Sitt and include a cover letter and CV.

David Sitt, Psy.D.                                       Director and Principal Investigator                Dept of Psychology
Room: VC 8-220
Phone: 646-312-4480

Email:  David.Sitt@baruch.cuny.edu

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