For those with an interest in diving into some research, or building a research body of work for potential PhD applications, you may consider undertaking a research project. Most commonly that would be through a Reading & Research credit – which will require a faculty advisor and the production of a substantial piece of writing.
If you are looking to do research, the following may be helpful:
- Harvard Digital Lab for the Social Sciences
- Harvard Decision Science Laboratory
- HBS Computer Laboratory for Experimental Research
- Mind Brain Behavior
- The Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative
- All Harvard students have Qualtrics accounts – it’s a great survey service.
- If you’re thinking about running surveys, put aside an hour to discover and embrace mturk.
- You also have access to some Harvard-wide software licenses, including Stata.
- Harvard’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) s important and entirely navigable.
- If you’re going to work in one of the labs, they will require you to do the compulsory, free ethics training. It is worth doing whether required or not.
- Zotero is an unbelievably good citation tool and manager. If you have manually done your own citations and bibliography before, this is much better. Take 30 minutes to learn how to use it as early in your degree as possible. Be sure to download both the desktop version and the browser extensions.
- G*Power is a very helpful tool for working out (among other things) sample sizes for experiments.