Duckworth Lab Internship Report Table of Contents:
MEET THE TEAM
Leigh Marshall Leigh is a rising junior at Duke University
in Public Policy, minoring in Psychology, and pursing the
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Certificate. Leigh has been interested in psychology since taking
an introductory course her freshmen fall. She is very grateful to
have been able to intern at the Duckworth Lab this
summer. Her favorite parts of the internship have been creating the
Grit Lab Workbook for Angela Duckworth's Fall 2020 course and
with her fellow interns!
Madeline Kohn Madeline Kohn is a rising senior at Kohelet Yeshiva.
She proudly serves as her school's student council president and
Model UN team captain. Often found talking to strangers, Madeline
is fascinated with the
ways psychological science drives personal relationships and
individual's decision making. She
was ecstatic to be a high school intern at the Duckworth Lab and
has loved getting to know her
diverse and thoughtful coworkers.
Sammy Rosin Sammy is a rising sophomore at Radnor High School. She
is taking AP Psychology next year
and thought this internship would be the perfect primer. Sammy is
so thankful for her amazing
experience and all of her wonderful co-workers at the Duckworth
Lab. Her favorite parts of the
internship were creating the Grit Lab workbook, having engaging
conversions with Grit Guests
and all of the discussions with her fellow interns.
Alissa Zhang Alissa Zhang is a rising senior at Deerfield
Academy in Massachusetts. She has academic interests in social and
behavioral psychology. Her
interest in psychology is rooted in her six year journey as a
competitive figure skater and her different job experiences. Her
internship at the
Duckworth Lab has been incredibly eye opening for her, and has
deepened her fascination with positive psychology. Her favorite
parts of the
internship were running self-control cell phone experiments, having
fruitful discussions with her interns ,and watching Dr. Duckworth’s
What it the "Grit Lab Workbook?"
A 50-page document to help students stay engaged in Angela
Duckworth's online seminar "Grit Lab." All students enrolled in
Fall course will be sent the workbook prior to the initial
Grit = sustained passion and perseverance for especially long- term
What is the format? The workbook is split up by each individual
lecture. Each section
includes key takeaways, diagrams, and space for reflection. We
that this workbook will allow students to take intensive notes
well as make the course more interacrtive as it will be virtual
fall.Grit Lab for High School Students
As part of our internship, we were tasked with creating a
recommendation on expanding Grit Lab for high school
students, specifically those at Title I schools. We created a memo
that encouraged the
National Education Equity Lab to partner with Dr. Duckworth
order to make this idea a reality. In the memo, we came up with
several recommendations to
make the course adaptable to high school students' needs
Divide the lecture into two 45- minute classes twice a week
Curriculum should be focused on self development, with a slight
emphasis on perseverance more so than passion Diverse group of
"Grit Guests" Increased class activities Teacher manual and
online slack or network
Our Main Recommendations for the
what were the aspects or features of a
smartphone and its surroundings that made
it most tempting to teenagers.
PHONES DOWN EXPERIMENT
Experiment Set Up
Iterations Variability was key. We
mixed up the allotted time the participant was given to resist
their phone, offered
different incentives to continue resisting their
phone, changed how many calls/texts we sent to the participant,
phone set up,
and how many researchers were on the call as well.
Given the pandemic, we conducted our experiment over
Zoom. We showed them a presentation with specific
directions about camera set and the "rules" of the
experiment. We asked them to try to avoid their phone for an
allotted time, but made it clear if they wanted to go on their
phone, they could.. To our suprise, many participants succesfully
completed the challenge, inspiring us to
A big takeaway from the experiments was that social desirability/
wanting to make a good first impression greatly impacted the
survey on Qualtrics, to gauge participants' cell
phone temptation in different situations. We hope
to send the survey out via Qualtrics Panel, and
reconvene in the Fall to analyze our data.
Process We quickly learned that
making a survey is harder than it looks. Over the course of 4 weeks
we iterated our research questions and survey design. We
settled on a 5 point scale to gauge users cell phone
temptation in different enviroments and
emotional states. We also used stemed questions
that would autoadvance to improve the participant's
Feedback The focal point of our survey
was the custom feedback particiapnts received after completion. We
feedback on user's responses on their cell
phone temptaion in various emotional states. To code
this, we learned about scoring, embedding data,
and display logic on Qualtrics.
Conclusion Because we haven't received any of our data yet, the
biggest takeaway from this survey was in our work ethic. We
are deeply grateful to Dr. Duckworth, Paolo, Chayce, and Ben for
their feedback and patience
with us throughtou the iterative process.
Literature Review Throughout our ten weeks as interns, we continued
to add to our literature review focused on self-control and cell
phones. These papers
helped to guide our research and filled the gaps in our
knowledge. We created 25 entries and synthesized key
information that was important to our projects.
R Studio We analyzed our data
descriptively, using means, standard deviations,
frequencies and distributions of the variables. R and R Studio were
the main platforms in which we performed data analysis. With the
Chayce and Ben, we were able to find bivariate correlations, create
histograms, and run t- tests to determine whether or
not our findings were statistically significant.
Qualtrics Throghout our internship we
used Qualtrics as the platform to collect data about
teenager's phone habits. We learned about display logic,
proper formatting, and how to generate feedback based on responses.
We created and
sent out two surveys and are planning to use Qualtrics Panel
to reach even more participants this fall.
Who Are Grit Guests? Who are Grit Guests: Inspiring people from
fields of psychology. Many of our Grit Guests work or have
worked with Dr.Angela Duckworth, which is how we
What We Did: Grit Guests would meet with
the interns though Zoom calls lasting from 30 minutes to an hour to
share their fascinating life experiences. They would share their
path to how they found the career they are in, and engage in
about their extensive research and discoveries.
Why Grit Guests Were Important:
These impressive individuals helped broaden the
perspectives of the interns by sharing their extensive
knowledge. The Grit Guests all enthusiastically engaged in
open conversations, where the interns asked many questions.
Thank You To.... Dr. Lauren Eskreis Winkler, Ben Lira Luttges, Dr.
Julia Leonard, Dr. Arber Tasimi, Chayce Baldwin,
Dr. Brian Galla, Danny Southwick, Professor Abdullah Antepli,
Michelle Wong, Dr. Paolo Terni,
Dr. Angela Duckworth, Dr. Veronica Yan
Dr. Paolo Terni Thank your guidance, wisdom, and mentorship
throughout the entire internship. We could not have imagined this
without your planning and advice. You were always there
for us and we will miss you!
Chayce Baldwin Thank you for your support and
help this summer. We especially appreciate your
patience with us when teaching R and Qualtrics.
Congratulations on becoming a dad! We are all so excited for
supportive and helpful for us this summer. We could always
rely on you to help us when struggling, whether it was with survey
questions or Qualtrics.
Good luck with the rest of your stuides!
Dr. Angela Duckworth Thank you so much for giving
us this amazing internship opportunity to learn and
explore! You have been an incredible role model for all of us and
we hope to be able to meet and work together again