Published: april 21, 2010
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From: cxxxxx <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Dr.Bergqvist-Postdoc application in your group!
To: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I’m Dang Caiping from China, I am interested in applying for a postdoctoral position in your laboratory. I have attached my CV to this email for your review.
Currently I work as lecturer in the Department of Applied Psychology, Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, China.
From 2000 to 2003, during my masters program, I studied on developmental and instructional psychology. On the basis of my previous experience, I managed to put my interest in test anxiety, and do some research on the pre-National Matriculation Test state anxiety. I have done the experimental study on the factors that influence the pre-National Matriculation Test state anxiety. With a sample of 857 students for National Matriculation Test from all kinds of cities, my study examined that how the pre-National Matriculation Test state anxiety was affected by the inherent psychological factors which are trait anxiety, personality, self-efficacy using correlation and regression and external natural factors which are city, nationality, gender, types of students, types of schools, self-evaluated score and self-evaluated family economical condition using One-Way ANOVA and T test. I used measuring scales some of which was scaled by myself. At last I found that the pre-National Matriculation Test state anxiety has significant positive correlation to trait anxiety, neuroticism, psychoticism and has significant negative correlation to self -efficacy, intro-extroversion. Those variables which entered the regression formula of pre- National Matriculation Test state anxiety in according to their explanatory were trait anxiety, neuroticism and self-efficacy, the explanatory of those is about 50 percent. Intro-extroversion and psychoticism were removed from the formula because of inadequate explanatory.
From those results, I recognized cognitive abilities will be also very important influence on emotion, especially anxiety. Then I began to think about the question that is how the relationship between cognitive abilities and emotion (such as anxiety). But it is necessary to study the structure and relationship of cognitive abilities before research the relationship between cognitive abilities and emotion. Consequently, I selected cognitive psychology for my Ph.D.
From 2003 to 2006, during my doctoral research program, I studied on the mechanism and the structure of general intelligence because the general intelligence is the key component of cognitive abilities. Using the advanced statistic means and 348 subjects, I measured the relationship between general intelligence and the sub-components of four cognitive abilities which includes working memory, short-term memory，central executive and processing speed from a microcosmic perspective . At last, the direct influence of visuo-spatial working memory and visuo-spatial short-term memory, which are respectively sub-components of working memory and short-term memory, on general fluid intelligence, which is sub-component of general intelligence, is significant; From another, the direct effect of vocabulary working memory and vocabulary short-term memory, which also are separately sub-components of working memory and short-term memory, on general crystallized intelligence, which is sub-component of general intelligence, is also significant. With research progressed, I realize the importance of working memory in cognitive abilities. Because the full-scale comparisons among the direct effects of working memory, short-term memory, central executive and processing speed on general intelligence show that: The largest direct effect on general intelligence is from working memory; The direct effect on general intelligence of short-term memory and central executive is at an intermediate level; Furthermore, there is no obvious difference between the direct effect of short-term memory and that of central executive; The smallest direct effect on general intelligence is from processing speed. After the role of working memory was shown, I focused my study on the role of working memory and general intelligence of people with academic success.
After completing my Ph.D program, I would like to continue my research on cognitive psychology, especially general intelligence and working memory. Further more, I will study the relationship from cognitive neuroscience, such as event-related brain potential. The important questions about general intelligence and working memory that are the focus of scientific research, and the potential use of the structure of general intelligence in research and in application.
Thank you very much for kind consideration. Looking forward to your good news!
Attachment: CV-of-Dang cp.pdf