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New TAMIU Collaborative Problem-solving Study Seeks Local Participants Posted: 6/05/19

New TAMIU Collaborative Problem-solving Study Seeks Local Participants


Dr. Kate A. Houston
Dr. Kate A. Houston  

A new collaborative study at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) seeks paid volunteers to participate in a study focused on individual and team problem-solving.

Project supervisor Dr. Kate A. Houston, TAMIU assistant professor, College of Arts and Sciences, department of Social Sciences, said approximately 200 selected participants will be paid $50 to complete an experiment that will last about 75 minutes. The study will be underway in July and August only.   Participation is limited and opportunities are on a first-come, first-served basis. 

“Our study is being conducted in conjunction with the Educational Institute of America and looks at understanding how problem-solving differs when people work individually versus with another person,” Dr. Houston explained.

“Selected participants will solve a variety of logic problems, some as a team, others as an individual.  A brief questionnaire about the experience will follow. It’s a completely private and confidential study and has been approved by TAMIU’s Institutional Review Board. After the study is complete, participants will be debriefed and receive compensation for their time,”  she added.

Houston said researchers believe that knowledge gained from the study may contribute to the business world’s understanding of how decision-making can be improved in a workplace context.

“Participants in the study must live in the Laredo metro area, be 18 years or older, not be currently enrolled TAMIU students and speak English. Participation is limited to 200 individuals who meet these criteria. Our available spaces are filling up and  those  interested should contact us soon,” she concluded.

Interested individuals can email logicstudy@tamiu.eduor call 956.326.2626 to be considered.  University office hours are from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.

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