New! - Full Time Research Assistant Position

A position is open for a one-year, full-time research assistant to work on a John Templeton Foundation-funded research project exploring the psychology of religious belief in children and adults. Duties include recruiting and scheduling study participants; consenting and testing participants (children and adults); coding and entering data; and maintaining the research lab space. The position requires regular commitment to both weekday evening hours and weekend hours for the purposes of subject recruitment and data collection at both on-campus and off-campus testing sites.

Required Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree in psychology, cognitive science, or a closely related field required. Two years prior research experience in a psychology research lab, or in a closely related research lab, though relevant course work may count toward experience.

Required Skills and Abilities: Excellent organizational, writing, oral communication, and interpersonal skills. Ability to travel locally for research. Knowledge of psychological research, including basic coursework and lab experience in developmental, cognitive, and/or social psychology. Previous experience working with children in the toddler to adolescent years, as well as experience working with families, teachers, and school administrators in school or lab settings. Prior experience working in a developmental psychology research lab or related coursework is preferred.

The position will begin in mid-June 2015. Interested applicants should send a CV, cover letter (discussing relevant prior research experience, research interests, and career goals), and contact information for three references to Konika Banerjee (

New! - 2015 Summer Internship

We are now accepting applications for our annual volunteer summer internship program, open to undergaduate students (and recent graduates) from any college or university. The Yale Mind and Development Lab Summer Internship will provide interns with the opportunity to work with graduate students and postdocs on both ongoing and new studies. Interns will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of research, including activities such as developing new project ideas, designing new experiments, recruiting participants, running experiments, analyzing data, and presenting results.

Applicants should provide the following:

1) An application form
2) A current resume/CV
3) An unofficial transcript
4) A recent lab report or paper (optional but recommended)
5) One letter of recommendation from a faculty member

Materials should be sent to Recommenders should email letters directly to this address from their official email address.

The 2015 Summer Internship runs from June 1 - July 31, 2015.
Application materials are due by March 15th.

Semester Research Assistants

During Fall and Spring, Yale undergraduates may join the Mind and Development Lab, either for course credit, or as a volunteer. Students typically spend 8-10 hours per week assisting with research in the lab, as well as attending weekly lab meeting. Research Assistant activities may include:

If you are a Yale student interested in receiving course credit for research work during the academic year, please contact any of the graduate students or post docs listed on the people page.