Students interested in Cognitive Science and Perception:
Looking for research experience? We currently have openings for Yale undergraduates, to help study the nature of visual perception and cognition in the Perception and Cognition Laboratory run by Professor Brian Scholl. Our RA collaborators gain experience in all aspects of our laboratory; in particular, most RAs help us design, run, and analyze our various experiments exploring the nature of visual perception, attention, and cognition. Specific topics include phenomena such as inattentional blindness, change blindness, motion-induced blindness, perceptual averaging, subjective time dilation, and the perception of causality and animacy. For more information on the precise nature of these projects, please see the brief descriptions, papers, and demonstrations listed via the links above. If after doing so you find that you are interested in this position, please read the rest of this note and then email Prof. Scholl with the information below.
In addition to participating in several ongoing projects, all RAs in our laboratory are strongly encouraged to develop their own projects. As such, these positions are ideal for students considering senior theses on such topics, and/or students looking for research experience in general. Undergraduate RAs who have worked in our group in the past have published their own studies in leading scientific journals while still in college, have received funding to present their research at international meetings, have gone on to some of the most prestigous graduate schools in psychology and cognitive science, and have won awards including Fulbright and Rhodes Scholarships. RAs also attend our weekly lab meetings, to discuss current research topics with a wide variety of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.
As a rule (with some exceptions for advanced computer programmers), research positions begin on a volunteer basis during the academic year. Later, after getting their feet wet and demonstrating a commitment to this type of research, many RAs earn academic credit for their research via Directed Research courses, and/or are paid for their work during subsequent semesters. We also typically pay some RAs for additional focused research help during the summer. (These summer RAs are typically paid about $4500 for 2.5 months of work -- at roughly 8 hours/day, though on a very flexible schedule -- and are typically chosen from the pool of RAs already working in the lab during the academic year.)
The ideal candidates for these positions ...