Dr. Daniel Shank

Assistant Professor

Specialization:

Social psychology, technology, groups

Research Interests:

What causes people to perceive real-world artificial intelligences (AIs) or their behavior as moral and what causes people to perceive them to have mind? How do people perceive the affective impressions of groups differently than individuals in social interaction?

Resume/CV:

Research Opportunities

Affective Impressions of Groups versus Individuals in Social Interaction

Description: How do people perceive the affective impressions of groups differently than individuals in social interaction? This research addresses this question by considering types of groups (e.g., social vs. work), group properties (e.g., size, group mind) and form of social interaction (e.g., group acts towards a person vs. person acts towards a group) in multiple survey-based studies.

Duties: Research assistants will primarily be involved in conducting background literature searches, running experiments, and developing the stimuli (groups and groups in interaction).  Advanced research assistants may be involved in analyzing results, writing up findings, and presenting findings at conferences.

Unpaid/Paid: For unpaid position: may join project as volunteer for 5 to 10 hours per week or as fulfillment of Psych 5000/4099 (Special Problems) with requirements to be negotiated with project lead. For paid position: Undergraduate hourly rate is $8.00 for 5 to 10 hours per week; graduate rate is approximately $1607 per month for 15 hours/week and includes a tuition waiver. Generally, paid positions are only offered after a period of unpaid work demonstrating abilities or based on previous research experience. Paid positions are also contingent on available funding.

Start Date: Unpaid and paid positions may start anytime; but paid positions are often offered for the beginning of a new semester.

Location: Most work can be done remotely with the exception of on-campus experiments.

Contact: If interested please send resume and cover letter to Dr. Shank at shankd@mst.edu

 

Mind Perceptions and Morality of Artificial Intelligence in Social Interaction

Description: What causes people to perceive real-world artificial intelligences (AIs) or their behavior as moral and what causes people to perceive them to have mind? This research addresses this question by documenting what real-world situations occur with AIs and how people perceive and interpret them, both through open-ended surveys on people’s experiences and experiments which present real-world events with AIs and moral outcomes.

Duties: Research assistants will primarily be involved in conducting background literature searches, running experiments, coding qualitative data, and developing experiments.  Advanced research assistants may be involved in analyzing quantitative results, writing up findings, and presenting findings at conferences.

Unpaid/Paid: For unpaid position: may join project as volunteer for 5 to 10 hours per week or as fulfillment of Psych 5000/4099 (Special Problems) with requirements to be negotiated with project lead. For paid position: Undergraduate hourly rate is $8.00 for 5 to 10 hours per week; graduate rate is approximately $1607 per month for 15 hours/week and includes a tuition waiver. Generally, paid positions are only offered after a period of unpaid work demonstrating abilities or based on previous research experience. Paid positions are also contingent on available funding.

Start Date: Unpaid and paid positions may start anytime; but paid positions are often offered for the beginning of a new semester.

Location: Most work can be done remotely with the exception of on-campus experiments.

Contact: If interested please send resume and cover letter to Dr. Shank at shankd@mst.edu