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(updated October 2014)


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Lab: Pelphrey Lab (;

Description of position for 2014-2015: We are offering an internship to highly motivated undergraduate students who are interested in learning about developmental cognitive neuroscience and Autism research.The projects are focused on understanding behavioral and neural mechanisms of social cognition and social learning in typically developed individuals and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Duties: Students will assist with conducting behavioral and fMRI studies as well as with behavioral and MRI data analysis. They also have the opportunity of presenting results in the form of a poster or presentation at lab meetings. Previous experience with conducting research studies and / or experience in working with children and adolescents are welcome.

Hours: Students should commit to approximately 10 hours per week (for 0.5-1 credit) or possibly more hours per week for additional credit. Hours are flexible.

Compensation: Course credit and volunteer opportunities are available.

Location: 333 Cedar Street, SHM, School of Medicine Campus

Contact: Dr. Gabriela Rosenblau (


Researcher: Matthew J. McGinley, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow in Neurobiology)

Lab: McCormick Lab (

Description of position for 2012-2013: We are looking for motivated, enthusiastic undergraduate students who are interested in performing supervised independent research on sensory perception and systems neuroscience. Two positions are available on a newly developed project on the network dynamics underlying state-dependent sensory responses in the auditory cortex of mice. The project integrates in vivo electrophysiology and two-photon microscopy with opto-genetic and other molecular-genetic strategies, and behavioral paradigms to study cortical sensory processing and behavior.

Duties: Students would conduct an independent but supervised project that contributes an important component to the overall research program of the researcher. One project is to develop an auditory discrimination task for mice. A specially designed training apparatus and a sound stimulus delivery system have already been built. The student would refine the apparatus, then train animals in a discrimination task involving a variety of simple and complex sound stimuli, and finally analyze the behavioral data. The second project is to evaluate several transgenic mouse lines and viral constructs for their utility in behavioral experiments. The student would be trained in animal perfusion, histology, immunohistochemistry, viral injection, sample preparation and/or confocal microscopy, and use these tools to evaluate several transgenic mouse lines. Both projects come with the possibility to be trained in in vivo or in vitro electrophysiology if the project progresses to that point. Sophomores and juniors who are interested in planning a senior project are especially encouraged to apply, but seniors are also welcome. Prior research experience is not necessary, but an interest in the neural basis of sensory perception, molecular strategies in behavioral research, and/or animal behavior are important.

Hours: Students should commit to approximately 10 hours per week (for 0.5-1 credit) or possibly more hours per week for additional credit, including an ~biweekly lab meeting. Hours are flexible.

Compensation: Course credit and volunteer opportunities are available.

Location: 333 Cedar Street, SHM, School of Medicine Campus

Contact: Dr. Matthew J. McGinley (


Researcher: Roseanna Sommers, Graduate Student in psychology and law (Faculty Advisor: Tom Tyler)

Description: I am seeking several research assistants to help with multiple projects at the intersection of psychology and law. I am interested in how judges and juries make decisions, and how their decision processes are influenced by social and cognitive factors. I study how bias, prejudice, discrimination, motivated reasoning, heuristics, and cognitive errors impact our legal system.

I am looking for motivated and diligent students who are interested in the intersection of psychology and law. This position will be particularly enriching for undergraduates who plan to attend law school or pursue an advanced degree in psychology or public policy. You will have the opportunity to participate fully in all stages of psychological research: conducting literature searches, planning experiments, designing study stimuli and materials, recruiting research participants, administering study materials, analyzing data, and discussing results.  If you wish, you will also have the opportunity to read legal texts and cases.

Requirements: Previous research experience is recommended, but not required. Filmmaking and editing experience is a bonus, as we will be filming videos to use in studies, but is not required.

Compensation: volunteer only (no course credit) 

Hours: Schedule is flexible and can vary week to week depending on your schedule.

Contact: Please include a short paragraph describing (1) any classes you have taken related to psychology, law, or policy, if any; (2) any prior experience with research or with film, if any; and (3) your year and major


Researcher: Dr. Steve Chang, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Lab: Chang Lab (SSS building & SHM building), Department of Psychology

Description of the lab: Our research is aimed at understanding neural mechanisms of social behavior. To answer our questions, we apply both neurophysiological and neuroendocrinological techniques while nonhuman primates are actively engaged in social interactions. We also study fundamental aspects of decision-making in order to better understand how basic neural mechanisms are recruited for social behavior. **More information can be found here:

Description of the position: Students will have the opportunity to be involved in neuroscientific studies of social behavior in rhesus monkeys, including data collection and data analysis. Students will be first assigned to one of the lab members but will also have an opportunity to be more independent.

Compensation: Students may enroll for credit or volunteer. Students working on a research project in the lab may have a chance to further pursue their work in the future (e.g., senior thesis, more research experience for graduate school).



Researchers: Elizabeth Lewis, Ema Tanovic, Michael Vanderlind (Faculty Advisor: Jutta Joormann)

Description: We are looking for highly motivated Yale undergraduates who are interested in gaining clinical research experience. Our lab aims to identify cognitive processes (e.g., attention, memory, cognitive control) associated with the etiology and maintenance of emotional disorders. We also examine the nature of emotion regulation as it relates to cognition and psychopathology. In line with these aims, we ask questions such as, why do certain individuals have difficulty reducing negative affect following stressful life events? Moreover, how do individual differences in stress response and recovery relate to the development of depression and/or anxiety? Our lab utilizes multiple research methods, such as eye-tracking, psychophysiology, EEG, and fMRI to address our research questions. Research assistants will gain extensive experience in research design, multi-method data collection, and data analysis. Specifically, RAs will help recruit participants, run study protocols, conduct literature searches, and process multiple types of data. They will also participate in journal clubs and have opportunities to give research presentations during lab meetings.

Hours: We expect research assistants to make a 2-semester commitment to the lab, volunteering 10 hours per week each semester. This hourly requirement includes a weekly lab meeting.

Requirements: No direct psychology research experience necessary. However, those with previous experience in computer programing or in processing psychophysiological data are especially encouraged to apply. All research assistants are expected to be responsible, detail-oriented, and eager to learn about clinical psychological science.

Compensation: Volunteer positions with the possibility of working for course credit.

For more information, contact Dr. Jutta Joormann at Please be sure to attach a CV or resume to your e-mail.


Researcher: Eva Pietri (Post Doc) 

Lab: Intergroup Relations Lab, Professor John Dovidio, Department of Psychology

Description of position: Seeking research assistants to help with multiple projects.
· Using high quality movies/media to change perceptions of women in the sciences.
· Understanding how diversity interventions aimed at a reducing gender bias influence women’s feelings of treat in the sciences
· Developing and testing new movies to increase women and ethnic minorities’ sense of belonging in the sciences. 

Duties: Research assistants will help create stimuli, administer studies and collect and analyze data.

Requirements: Students should be organized, self-motivated, and should have the ability to work independently. Previous research experience is not required but is desirable.

Hours: Between 5-10 hours a week. Scheduling is flexible.

Compensation: Volunteer or directed research course credit

Contact: For more information about this position, please contact Eva Pietri at For more information about the lab, please visit


Researcher: Molly Crossman, Graduate Student (Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alan E. Kazdin, Ph.D., Department of Psychology)

Description: Do you love dogs? Are you interested in clinical psychology? Seeking motivated and detail-oriented students to help with projects covering topics related to animal-assisted therapy, human-animal interaction, human-robot interaction, and other topics related to the promotion of mental health for Fall 2014. Students may be involved in all phases of the research process, including conducting literature reviews, researching measures, preparing and maintaining study protocols, preparing study materials, recruiting participants, collecting data and running participants, and managing and analyzing data. Examples of projects students may be involved in include an evaluation of the Yale School of Medicine Therapy Dog; a laboratory study of human-animal interaction in autism spectrum disorder; studies of stress, coping, self-control, and social interaction in human-animal and human-robot interactions; and studies of perceptions of mental illness.

Requirements: Interested students must be detail-oriented, motivated, and able to work independently. Students must be willing to work with dogs and robots, and should be comfortable interacting with child and adult participants. Previous research experience is helpful, but not required.

Course credit: Students may volunteer or receive course credit.  

Hours: Students should be able to commit an average of ten hours per week. Actual weekly hours and schedules may vary depending on participant availability and scheduled data-collection sessions, but will not exceed ten hours in any given week. Outside of data-collection, schedules can be flexible to suit student needs.



Lab: Alan E. Kazdin, Ph.D., Yale Parenting Center

Description.  For students interested in clinical research and practicum experience, several opportunities are available this term at the Yale Parenting Center  The Center (on campus at 314 Prospect Street) is an outpatient treatment service for children who are referred for oppositional, aggressive, and antisocial behavior as well as for parents who want help with the “normal” challenges of child rearing.   Students will work at the clinic and become involved in research projects involving children, families, treatment or related topics.  This is an excellent experience for students interested in clinical psychology, children and families, clinical work and research.

Course Credit.  Course credit is provided for the experience (although some students wish to volunteer without credit).  The course is Psychology 490b or 491b (for Spring).  To register students must obtain approval from the Instructor (A. Kazdin) and complete a form for the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Requirements.  Interest in children and clinical child psychology.  A limited number of positions are available.  

Class Schedule.  The time is flexible and scheduled individually for each student.  Each student should plan on approximately 8 hours per week at the Center during regular Center hours Monday through Thursday 9 AM to 5 PM.

Additional Information.  This is an excellent opportunity to work on clinical research in clinical psychology.  Students will work with a team of clinical staff, learn about childhood disorders, cognitive and behavioral treatment, and participate in a variety of activities, including informal seminars.  The experience is particularly valuable for students considering graduate school in clinical psychology.  There are no exams although there is a seminar series at the Center as part of the course and a paper that can be brief or more lengthy if this course is used to meet the senior 400 level course requirement,.

If Interested.  For further details or to enroll, please e mail or call the center (203) 432-9993 and speak with Mrs. Pope. 

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Researcher: Dr. Wendy Silverman, the Program for Anxiety Disorders

Lab: Program for Anxiety Disorders

Description: The Program for Anxiety disorders is seeking talented, highly motivated undergraduates (sophomores and beyond) to participate in research training opportunities at the Yale Child Study Center.  Under the direction of Dr. Wendy Silverman, the Program for Anxiety Disorders focuses on developing and evaluating treatment as well as examining mechanisms of anxiety in children and adolescents. Training will be provided on the day-to-day operations of a childhood anxiety disorders
specialty research clinic.  Students will learn about anxiety research and anxiety treatment research
through direct participation. 

Students will:

• screen potential participants
• administer questionnaires
• data entry and analysis
• observe anxiety evaluations by expert clinicians
• participate in some aspects of treatment
• learn about novel approaches to assessing avoidance and anxiety 
• assist in the collection of saliva and blood samples to test oxytocin levels
• attend research and clinical meetings with Anxiety Program faculty and clinicians
• attend lectures on childhood psychopathology and related topics

Requirements: submit your CV or resume; minimum GPA 3.2; 2 semester commitment; 10 hours per


Contact Information: Dr. Carla Marin, or 203-737-8056


Researcher: Joan Monin, PhD, Assistant Professor, Yale School of Public Health

Lab: Social Gerontology and Health Laboratory

Location: 55 Church Street, Suite 801

Description of position:  We welcome students who are interested in emotions, relationship processes, and health in older adults.  Studies involve interview and experimental protocols, cardiovascular physiology monitoring (blood pressure and heart rate), and coding facial expression.

Duties:  Research assistants are needed to help recruit, schedule, and conduct interviews with older adult participants.  We also need help running an experiment using audio-visual and physiological monitoring equipment.  Students also have the opportunity to learn more about data analysis, coding facial expressions, and guidance investigating their own research questions related to this work.

Requirements: Research assistants must be responsible and organized.  Prior experience working with older adults with physical disabilities is appreciated but not required.

Schedule:  Flexible, 8-10 hours per week.

Compensation: Volunteer or Course Credit

Contact: Please email if interested. ____________________________________________________________________

Researcher:  David H. Klemanski, Psy.D.

Lab:  Yale Anxiety and Emotion Lab

Description of position: Students who join the lab will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the scientific process, from literature review and idea generation to planning and running studies, to analyzing results. Additionally, students will assist with participant recruitment and scheduling, as well as data collection (i.e. interacting directly with research participants to administer the procedures of the experiment). Training and supervision will be provided mainly by faculty and lab managers.  Our current research focus is on emotion regulation and mindfulness with adolescents and adults who have anxiety and mood disorders.

Hours: Students will be expected to work 6 to 10 hours per week on average (weekly schedules can be flexible), including a 1 to 1.5 hour lab meeting

Compensation: Course credit (directed research) or volunteer.

Requirements:  Research assistants are expected to be responsible detail-oriented, interested in psychology, and willing to learn! Applicants must be comfortable with recruiting and running research participants. To apply for consideration, please email Dr. Klemanski a copy of your CV and a brief email explaining your interest in the lab and background in psychology.  A limited number of openings are available for fall 2014.

Contact:  Dr. David Klemanski (


Researcher: Dr. Yarrow Dunham, Assistant Professor

Lab: Social Cognitive Development Lab (aka Tiger Lab)

The SCD Lab is looking for highly motivated Yale undergraduates who are interested in helping us uncover how children and adults perceive the world around them and, more specifically, how they think and reason about social groups and intergroup experiences. Research assistants will be directly involved in preparation of experiments, facilitation of experiments (within the lab and during school and museum visits) and data collection. RAs may support ongoing projects in the lab or be assigned to a specific study, depending on need. 

Commitment/Expectations: RAs will be expected to work 8-10 hours per week (flexible) during the academic year and attend weekly lab meetings (time TBD) and work at least one weekend museum shift per month. . RAs should be comfortable interacting with young children ages 3-12 as well as parents in person and over the phone. 

Compensation: RAs may volunteer or earn course credit for their involvement.

For more information, please contact the lab manager, Shaina Coogan, at


Researcher: Aleena Hay, Graduate Student, PI: Margaret Clark

Lab: Relationships Lab

Description of position & duties: My research focuses on interpersonal emotion regulation, or how we manage our emotions in social settings. We are interested in questions such as: Why is it that sometimes emotion venting is good for us and sometimes it is bad for us? What affects when and to whom we share our emotions? What determines how someone responds to someone else’s emotion expression? What are the ingredients of effective interpersonal emotion regulation? Current projects include the exploration of emotion sharing, responses to the receipt of emotional information, relational context, and the effectiveness of interpersonal emotion regulation. 

We are looking for interested and motivated research assistants to get involved in the lab helping with all aspects of the research process. Research responsibilities include running experimental studies, serving as a confederate, data management, emotion coding, and literature reviews.

Requirements: We are looking for interested, motivated, and conscientious students who are willing to complete all research responsibilities listed above.

Hours: Volunteer or course credit options are available and hours are flexible. If volunteering, students can choose to work between 5-10 hours per week.  If course credit is desired, students will have to work between 8-10 hours per week.

Compensation: Volunteer or course credit hours.

Contact: For more information about this position, please contact Aleena Hay at Please include GPA, year, major, previous research experience (if any), and a brief statement of interest.


Researcher: Rebecca Boswell (graduate student), Avram Holmes (PI)

Description of position:  Seeking 1-2 research assistants to help with a project investigating risk and reckless behavior in college students. This project is a two to three year long study, and will address questions such as:

• How does making decisions based on short-term rewards instead of long-term consequences influence the likelihood that students will drink a lot, earn bad grades, and/or use drugs?

• Why do some students gain weight their first year of college and others don't? Why do some become lonely, anxious, or depressed, while others have wide social networks?

Duties: Research assistants will be in involved in all levels of the research process, including running research participants, data coding, and data analysis and interpretation.

Requirements: Student should be motivated and conscientious worker. All applicants should be comfortable with running research participants and with data coding. Previous research experience is preferred. Preference will be given to students interested in working with this study long-term.

Compensation: Volunteer (3-8 hours) or Research Credit (10 hours). Hours are flexible.

Contact: For more information, please contact Rebecca Boswell at Please include a short paragraph explaining your interest in the position as well as a description of prior research experience (if any). Please also list your year, major, and GPA.


Researcher: Erica Boothby, Graduate Student

Lab: Automaticity in Cognition, Motivation & Evaluation Lab (PI: John Bargh) & Close Relationships & Emotion Lab (PI: Margaret Clark)

We are interested in questions relating to Shared Experience and Social Reality. How does sharing an experience with another person (without interacting with them at all) change our perceptions of and judgments about the object experienced? Why might our experiences be different when we’re with other people? Does merely sharing an experience draw people closer to one another? We are currently exploring both the antecedents and consequences of shared experiences. We are also interested in whether perceptions of reality change when you’re with other people and whether you’re better able to savor experiences that are shared. 

Position: We are looking for motivated and diligent students who wish to participate fully in all aspects of psychological research – planning experiments, preparing experimental materials, recruiting and running participants, analyzing data, and discussing ideas. As an undergraduate in the lab, you will acquire both a practical and theoretical understanding of experimental procedures through hands-on research experience. Prior research experience is a bonus but not required.

Commitment: 8-10 hours/week with flexible hours

Compensation: Course credit or volunteer. 

Contact: Erica Boothby ( 


Researchers: Marc Brackett (Director), Susan Rivers (Deputy Director), additional project directors

Lab: Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Description of Center: Emotions drive learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, and health. The purpose of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence is to better understand how emotions matter in the lives of individuals and institutions. The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence uses the power of emotions to create a more effective and compassionate society. The Center conducts research and teaches people of all ages how to develop their emotional intelligence.

Description of position: Students who join the Center will develop psychological and educational research skills by conducting classroom observations, helping to create study-related materials, conducting literature reviews, screening and running participants through lab experiences, assisting with data collection and analysis, attending project-related and general lab meetings, and participating in day-to-day research operations.

Students will have the opportunity to contribute to one or more of the Center’s research topic areas, among them:

·     Evaluation & Assessment: Developing and piloting assessments, including an observational tool to assess the quality of social interactions in special needs classrooms.

·     Teaching Emotional Intelligence: Developing innovative, effective approaches to teach emotional intelligence to students of various ages (expanding RULER, our approach to social and emotional learning, from K-8 to preschool and high school), parents, and educators.

·     Emotions in Everyday Life: Researching how emotional intelligence and creativity interact and impact one another.

·     Bullying: Examining how emotional intelligence skill development can help reduced bullying, whether it happens in school or online.

·     Cross-Disciplinary Explorations: Exploring the use of emerging technologies (virtual worlds, robotics, and psychophysiological sensors) as a training tool to help teach emotion-related skills.

Schedule: Flexible, 10 hours per week, 2-semester commitment desired.  Attending bi-weekly 1-hour lab meetings preferred but not required.

Compensation: Course credit

Contact: If interested, please 1) complete an online application and 2) upload a one-page cover letter and resume. 

The one-page cover letter should address the special background or skills you would bring to the Center, your relevant experiences, and specify which of the research topic areas listed above you are most interested and why.

*Note: please submit your cover letter and resume as PDF files and name them “LastName.coverletter.pdf” and “LastName.resume.pdf”


Researcher: Karen Wynn, Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science

Lab: Infant Cognition Center

My research investigates core structures of cognition; those inherent cognitive
mechanisms with which we interpret incoming information and which enable us to make sense
of and reason about the world. My students and I are studying various aspects of
cognition within the first months of life, prior to the influences of language, culture,
education, and extensive experience. The aim of our research is to gain a better
understanding of how the human mind is inherently structured to interpret and make sense
of the world -- what is the nature of the underlying mechanisms of thought. Our work is
currently focused around several central areas of research, including the early
underpinnings of moral cognition, infants' ingroup/outgroup preferences and biases, and 
theory of mind.  More information about our areas of investigation and recent research
findings can be found at

Research Assistants participate fully in all aspects of our research. Students are
involved in testing infants, planning experiments, recruiting and scheduling subjects,
and the day-to-day running of the lab.  Students also attend weekly lab meetings where we
discuss the theoretical motivation for current experiments, results of recently completed
experiments, possible next directions, relevant research findings from other labs, and so
on. As an undergraduate in the lab, you will acquire both a practical and theoretical
understanding of experimental procedures through hands-on research experience. Students
also have the opportunity to interact with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who
can offer advice and guidance for anyone interested in pursuing a future in psychology.
You can find information about the Infant Cognition Lab at

No previous research experience is necessary. Applicants must be willing and able to
commit 10 hours per week to the lab, and should be comfortable interacting with parents
and children in person and over the phone, as this is a primary responsibility.
Compensation may be for course credit or as a volunteer.

Contact: or


Researcher: Brian Scholl, Professor of Psychology

Lab: Perception & Cognition Lab

Description: The Yale Perception & Cognition Lab currently has openings for Yale undergraduates, to help study the nature of visual perception and cognition.  For information, see:


Researcher: Jonathan F. Kominsky, PhD student

Lab: Cognition and Development Lab

Description:  Seeking undergraduate research assistant(s) to help with projects related to children’s and adults’ reasoning about cause and effect. RAs will be involved in running studies with both adult and child participants, as well as developing new stimuli and potentially entirely new studies, if interested. For an idea of the kind of work you will be building on, please see the following poster and recent conference proceeding: ( (

Time commitment: the time commitment is 8-10 hours a week for either directed research course credit or volunteer. 

Contact: Jonathan Kominsky,


Researcher: Ifat Levy, Assistant Professor

Lab: Decision Neuroscience Lab, Yale School of Medicine

Description: Our lab studies decision-making processes in humans. In our experiments we use behavioral economics methods to characterize the behavior of our subjects and structural and functional MRI to unravel the neural basis of the observed behavior. We focus on situations in which the consequences of different choices are not known for sure and examine individual differences in the ability to cope with uncertainty and to reduce uncertainty. Some of our studies ask basic-science question about the healthy intact brain, and others focus on changes in development, aging, obesity and mental illness.

Description of position: Students can take part in all aspects of the studies, depending on their interests and qualifications and on the lab’s needs. This includes writing scripts and constructing stimuli, recruiting, screening and running subjects (behaviorally and in MRI experiments), entering and analyzing data. No previous experience is necessary, but programming skills are highly desirable. Applicants should be highly organized, responsible and comfortable working with study participants.

Hours: At least 6 hours/week (8 or more are preferable) and participation in weekly lab meetings.

Compensation: Course credit or volunteer 

Contact: Dr. Ifat Levy:


Researcher: James Mazer

Description: Our lab investigates top-down control of visual processing and visual attention. We have several on-going projects suitable for undergraduate involvement investigating how the visual system reconfigures on the fly to facilitate target detection and improve behavioral performance during visual search. We're interested in understanding the neural mechanisms underlying our largely innate ability to attend to specific aspects of our environment when it's behaviorally advantageous to do so. This work has implications for understanding, and perhaps treating, important clinical conditions like autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

In the lab we use a variety of techniques including psychophysical testing, fMRI and neurophysiological recordings (single neuron and ERP). Anyone working in the lab would be encouraged to participate at all levels of the research: design and execution of experiments, data  analysis and discussion of data and relevant papers at our regular lab meetings. Applicants should have an interested in systems and/or cognitive neuroscience. Programming skills (Matlab in particular) would be a definite plus.


Time Commitments: Flexible, but 8-10hr/week would be a good starting point.

Compensation: Paid position or directed research course credit (pending DUS approval).

Location: Sterling Hall of Medicine (Med School -- 333 Cedar St) ~10min walk from Old Campus


Researcher: Dr. Laurie Santos, Associate Professor

Lab: Canine Cognition Center at Yale, Department of Psychology

Description of position: The Comparative Cognition Laboratory (CapLab) explores the evolutionary origins of the human mind by comparing the cognitive abilities of human and other animals. The lab is currently working on a number of different projects exploring canine cognition, exploring how dogs make sense of their physical and social world.

Students who join the lab will participate in ongoing research projects investigating dog cognition.  Students will aid in planning and carrying out studies with a team of other students.  Students will participate in conducting studies, as well as in coding and analysis of data and will also have the opportunity to work directly with the dogs we study.

Hours: Students taking the course for directed research (PSYC 492) credit must commit to at least 8 hours/week plus a weekly discussion meeting. Students taking the course for half credit (PSYC 495) credit must commit to at least 6 hours/week plus a weekly discussion meeting. Students should also expect to participate in weekly response papers as well as a final paper.

Compensation: Students interested in the lab for the fall semester must enroll in either a directed research 493 course or a PSYC 495 course.

Contact: Positions are very limited for the Fall 2014 semester. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Laurie Santos ( before Sept 1, 2014. Students interested for the fall semester must also attend the first lab meeting on Monday Sept 8, 2014 at 6pm in SSS 201.


Researcher: Kate Von Culin, graduate student

Lab: Relationship Science Lab, Professor Margaret Clark, Department of Psychology

Description of position:  Seeking several research assistants to help with multiple projects. Research includes topics such as: 

• People often help close others (such as friends and romantic partners) reappraise their emotions to help them feel better (e.g. “It isn’t so scary; you’ve dealt with situations like this before and been fine”). We are interested in the relationship factors that must be in place for such reappraisals to be accepted and used by one partner after being offered by the other partner.

• In which relationship contexts do people express (vs. suppress) their emotions to relationship partners and how does the relational context change how we actually experience emotion?

Duties: Research assistants will be in involved in all levels of the research process, including designing and running research experiments, data coding, and data analysis and interpretation (with guidance).  

Requirements: Student should be motivated and conscientious worker. All applicants should be comfortable with running adult research participants.

Hours: If volunteering, the student can choose to work between 2-8 hours per week.  If course credit is desired, the student will have to work between 8-10 hours per week. Scheduling of these hours is flexible.

Compensation: Volunteer (preferred) or directed research (course credit) 

Contact: For more information about this position, please contact Kate Von Culin at . Please include a short paragraph explaining your interest in the position as well as a description of prior research experience (if any). Please also list your year, major, and GPA.


Researcher:  Frank Keil, Professor of Psychology

Lab: Cognition and Development Lab (Manager: Mariel Goddu)

Description: Seeking undergraduate research assistants to continue ongoing projects and pursue new ventures in investigating the development of causal reasoning, critical thinking, and metacognition. Responsibilities include research support at all levels; i.e., development of new materials, recruitment of participants, running of studies, and analysis of data. Other responsibilities as assigned. Please review the information on our website ( for description of research focus. 

Commitment: At least one semester, 5-10 hours per week (flexible).  Participation in weekly lab meetings (Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00) strongly encouraged.

Compensation: Work study, directed research course credit, or volunteer.

Interested Students: Contact the lab manager at


Researcher: Kristi Lockhart, Associate Research Scientist, Lecturer

Lab: Cognition and Development Lab (Manager: Mariel Goddu)

Description of position: Undergraduate research assistants are needed for projects examining children’s intuitions about bragging and boasting.

Requirements:  Experience working with children, background in psychology, and some degree of artistic skills would be a plus.

Hours: Students must commit to 5-10 hours a week and attend a weekly lab meeting.

Compensation: Work study, directed research course credit, or volunteer.

Interested Students: Contact the lab manager at


Researcher:  Sam Johnson, Graduate Student

Lab:  Cognition and Development Lab

Mental life is largely about making sense of things. We humans are obsessed with finding the causes of the events around us, using concepts to carve up experience, and trying to understand more generally why things are the way they are. Like other humans, I too am obsessed with these things, and my collaborators and I use the tools of cognitive and developmental psychology to try to make sense of sense-making.

I'm looking for undergraduate researchers to be active collaborators on this research, helping to answer these and related questions. Students will have the opportunity to be involved with every facet of the research process, including developing ideas, designing and conducting studies, creating stimulus materials, and analyzing data. No previous research experience is necessary-- but passion and attention to detail are helpful!

Compensation:  Course credit (10 hrs/week required) or volunteer (flexible commitment). Attendance at weekly lab meetings is encouraged!

Contact:  Sam Johnson (


Researcher:  Angie Johnston, Graduate Student

Lab:  Cognition and Development Lab

How do children explain the complex events they witness in the world around them? One way children can learn about the world is through direct observation. By repeatedly observing cause and effect relationships, children may begin to develop explanations based on their observations. However, children may entirely bypass this process of observation and instead rely on information from others (on the Internet, from teachers, etc.). My research explores both sides of this explanatory process and how it develops from preschool to adulthood.

I'm looking for undergraduate researchers who are interested in collaborating on this line of research. As a collaborator, you would be involved with all aspects of the research process -- working with children from ages 4 to 13, creating online surveys for adults, participating in data analysis, brainstorming ideas for new studies, and developing new materials. Although not required, we encourage students to stay in the lab for at least 2 semesters so that they have the opportunity to delve as deeply into the research process as possible.

Compensation:  Course credit (10 hrs/week required) or volunteer (flexible commitment). Attendance at weekly lab meetings is encouraged!

Contact:  Angie Johnston (


Researcher: John Bargh

Lab: ACME (Automaticity in cognition, motivation, and evaluation)

ACME lab research is generally concerned with automatic or nonconscious influences on social judgment, motivation, and social behavior. Our current research focuses on concrete physical experiences as they influence more abstract social judgment and behavior, with predictions derived from evolutionary logic as well as theory and research in developmental science (i.e., early concept development). We also seek to better understand priming effects of the current environment (e.g., what other people are doing) as they activate goals and behavioral tendencies outside of awareness. The overall aim of ACME-brand research is to gain better understanding of the various unconscious mental systems that support adaptation to one's present circumstances, and thus free (limited) conscious processes for the things they do best (time-travelling, by recalling past experiences and planning for future ones). More information about our research can be found at

Research Assistants participate fully in all aspects of our research: not only running experiments, but planning and designing them, recruiting participants, assisting in data analysis, and discussion of findings at weekly lab meetings. Those meetings typically focus on ongoing research projects as well as development of new ones: the theoretical rationale for current experiments, outcome of recently completed studies, and potential new directions for research. Applicants should have an interest in social and cognitive psychology and have 10 hours per week available for work in the lab.

Contact: Emily Hill, ACME lab manager: