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Researcher: Arielle Baskin-Sommers, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Title: Full Time Paid Research Assistant/Lab Manager

Proposed Start Date: 08/01/2014 (Negotiable)

Position Summary/Purpose of Position: Candidates are being considered for a research assistant/lab manager position to support researchers in the Mechanisms of Disinhibition (MoD) laboratory who are using clinical, brain imaging (e.g., structural, functional, concurrent EEG/fMRI), and electrophysiological (e.g., EEG/ERP, startle) techniques. The MoD lab is located within the Department of Psychology (http://psychology.yale.edu/) at Yale University. Our research is focused on identifying and specifying cognitive-affective mechanisms contributing to various forms of disinhibition (e.g., impulsivity, substance abuse, psychopathy) in hopes of developing more targeted and efficacious interventions to help these individuals. In general, the individual who fills this position will be expected to assist in the recruitment of participants, coordinate study visits, perform clinical assessments, develop and maintain IRB protocols, and help manage the day-to-day needs of the lab.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
•  Recruits study participants and ensures that recruitment and follow-up are completed per protocol procedures.
•  Orders and maintains inventory of supplies. May assist in the designing, developing, and modifying research experiments, procedures, or survey instruments.
•  Develop and mange IRB protocols
•  Records and complies information related to research data.
•  Administers clinical scales and assessments.
•  Assists in the completion of study visits.

Minimum Qualifications Required to Perform Work:
• A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, including psychology, biology/neuroscience, sociology (must show evidence that the relevant degree will be completed before the start of the position)
• Ability to multitask, manage time effectively, and document projects
• Ability to proactively and clearly communicate and interact with a multi-disciplinary team of investigators, staff, and trainees in a variety of settings (e.g., face to face, email, phone, videoconference)
• Must work well independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team with a wide range of expertise and skill sets
• Must have flexible working hours to include occasional weekend/evening and increased demands near grant deadlines
• Ability to learn and administer clinical scales.
• Accuracy, reliability, attention to detail are crucial.
• General computing proficiency (Mac & Windows, Microsoft Office, Adobe Illustrator) and experience with basic computing packages such as Word and Excel. An ideal candidate would also have experience with statistical packages (e.g., SPSS), but this is not required.
• Proficient at testing human participants. Comfort and ability to establish rapport with research participants. The successful candidate will be extremely comfortable working with people (and sensitive to working with clinical populations).

Preferences (The ideal candidate would have):
• Prior experience working on research studies
• Prior experience with managing people and projects
• Prior experience working with IRB protocols
• Prior experience with scientific communication (poster presentations, peer reviewed publications)

Administrative Details. The position can start at any time after 7/1/14. This is a one year position that is renewable for a total of at least three years contingent on performance and funding. Yale University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative-Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, Vietnam era or special disabled veteran’s status, or sexual orientation.

Contract. For additional information, contact Dr. Arielle Baskin-Sommers (abaskinsommers@gmail.com). To apply, please email a cover letter, relevant transcripts, a current CV or resume, and the names and contact information for three references. Applicants will be directed to fill out the Yale application form once the official posting is accepted (http://www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/application/external/index.html). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Researcher: Stephanie Groman, PostDoc, CMHC -Ribicoff Laboratories

Description: We are seeking talented, motivated students to help us investigate the neural and behavioral deficits underlying drug addiction in rats. Students will be involved in all aspects of the research (collecting behavioral data, assisting in ex vivo experiments and developing experimental ideas).

Students interested will be required to devote 10 hours per week to the project (schedule is flexible) with a 2 semester commitment. There is potential for students to get course credit and develop a thesis project. 

Please send an email to Stephanie Groman, PhD (stephanie.groman@yale.edu) describing why you are interested in research, your past research experience (if any) and your future goals. This research opportunity is open now, please also send me your potential starting date. 

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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 undergraduate research assistants to help with projects covering topics related to animal-assisted therapy and human-animal interaction. Research assistants will participate in planning and conducting a study evaluating the effectiveness of the new medical school therapy dog (http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2014/01/24/med-school-welcomes-new-therapy-dog/). Research assistants may also have the opportunity to work on a laboratory study of animal-assisted therapy for children with autism. Interested students should be comfortable working with dogs, and interacting with child and adult participants.

VOLUNTEER ONLY (no course credit) for Spring 2014.

Hours: Students should be able to commit to an average of five to ten hours per week (weekly schedules can be flexible).

Contact: molly.crossman@yale.edu

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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 http://childconductclinic.yale.edu.   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 email Jennifer.Pope@yale.edu or alan.kazdin@yale.edu or call the center (203) 432-9993 and speak with Mrs. Pope.

Visit some of ourWebsites:
http://childconductclinic.yale.edu/
www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfH4DN2W4WM
www.slate.com/default.aspx?id=3944&qt=kazdin
www.alankazdin.com
http://www.apa.org/monitor/2012/10/parenting.aspx
http://www.waveland.com/browse.php?t=369

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Researcher: Dr. Carla Marin and Dr. Wendy Silverman, Yale Child Study Center

Lab: Program for Anxiety Disorders, Yale Child Study Center

Description: The Program for Anxiety disorders is seeking talented, highly motivated Yale undergraduates (freshman and sophomores) to participate in research training opportunities at the Child Study Center.  Under the direction of Dr. Wendy Silverman, the Program for Anxiety Disorders emphasizes anxiety concerns in children and families, from the perspective of treatment outcome and mechanisms. Students will learn about anxiety research and anxiety treatment research through direct participation. 

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

Contact: Dr. Carla Marin, Carla.marin@yale.edu

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Researcher:  David H. Klemanski, Psy.D.

Lab:  Yale Anxiety and Emotion Lab and the Yale Center for Anxiety and Mood Disorders

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 lab research assistant.  Our current research focus is on social anxiety, depression, emotion regulation, and mindfulness with adolescents and adults.

Hours: Students will be expected to work 5 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: No direct psychology research experience necessary.  All 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.

Contact:  Dr. David Klemanski (david.klemanski@yale.edu)

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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). 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 shaina.coogan@yale.edu

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Researcher: Tomoko Udo, Ph.D. (Associate Research Scientist, Psychiatry)

Description of Research: Our laboratory is interested in understanding risk and protective factors for development of obesity through use of human laboratory models. This particular study aims to examine whether gender differences exist in the relationship between self-control, food choice, and ad-lib eating behaviors.

Duties: Students are expected to assist subject recruitment, running experimental sessions at Yale New Haven Hospital Research Unit, and data entry.

Hours: 8-10 hours per week; schedule is flexible.

Compensation: Directed Research course credit or volunteer.

Contact: Dr. Tomoko Udo (tomoko.udo@yale.edu)

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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 (erica.boothby@yale.edu

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Researcher:  Hedy Kober, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Psychology, Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Lab: Clinical & Affective Neuroscience lab

Description: How strong is your craving for chocolate? Can you stop yourself from reaching for it when the craving is strong? What are the neural mechanisms that underlie our ability to regulate our craving? The ability to control our craving (and our emotions more generally) is central to mental and physical health, and is particularly critical for those with substance use disorders (AKA ‘addictions’). The work in our lab includes behavioral, clinical, psychophysiological, and functional neuroimaging (fMRI) studies of alcohol drinkers, cigarette smokers, cocaine users, and healthy adults as they regulate craving for food, alcohol, cigarettes, and cocaine, using a variety of strategies. We also investigate how people change following treatment for addictions – do they get better at managing their craving? We investigate both cognitive-behavioral treatments as well as mindfulness-based treatments that include training in meditation.

For more info on our research and some recent press: Canlab.med.yale.edu

Duties Involved: There are a wide variety of opportunities, depending on a combination of interest, experience, skills, availability, and the lab’s needs. These include: recruiting and screening participants, collection and analysis of behavioral data, collection and analysis of psychophysiology data, collection and analysis of fMRI data – including running scans, programming tasks for behavioral and fMRI tasks, and other duties.

Schedule: 10 hours per week and a 2-semester commitment are required. Attending weekly 1-hour lab meetings is required.

Compensation: Volunteer or directed research course credit. Provides excellent opportunity for students interested in graduate work in psychology (experimental, cognitive, and clinical), cognitive neuroscience, and psychiatry.

Contact: Please email hedy.kober@yale.edu with a short paragraph describing yourself, your interests, why you want to work in the lab, what you could contribute.

Be sure to also include the following information:

- Previous research and/or clinical experience (if any)

- Previous coursework in psychology, neuroscience, biology, computer science, or philosophy

- Year, Major, GPA

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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. 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 (www.yale.edu/cogdevlab) for description of research focus. 

Commitment: At least one semester, 8-10 hours per week (flexible).  Participation in weekly lab meetings (Fridays, 10:00-11:30) strongly encouraged.

Compensation: Directed research course credit or volunteer.

Interested Students: Contact the lab manager at cognition.development+ras@yale.edu.

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Researcher: Kristi Lockhart, Associate Research Scientist, Lecturer

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

Description of position: Two undergraduate research assistants are needed for projects examining children’s intuitions about how medicine works.

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

Hours: Students must commit to 8-10 hours a week and attend a weekly lab meeting.

Compensation: Students can enroll in a directed research course for credit or volunteer

Contact: kristi.lockhart@yale.edu

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Researcher: Dr. Jennifer Harris, Department of Psychology

Lab: Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity

Description: The Rudd Center seeks enthusiastic students each semester to work on research looking at the scope and impact of food marketing to children.  We seek part-time candidates to work flexible schedules involving roughly 5-10 hours per week.  Among other potential projects, students may be involved in data collection and compilation, basic analyses, food industry tracking, survey creation, design projects, writing projects and literature searches and reviews.  An opportunity exists for directed research credits or pay, where appropriate.  We also employ full-time summer graduate interns as needed.

Contact: Megan LoDolce (megan.lodolce@yale.edu)to inquire about potential opportunities.


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Researcher: David Rand, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Lab: Human Cooperation Lab

Description of lab: Our research focuses on human cooperative behavior. Cooperation is an essential aspect of life, from bacterial bio-films to social insects, and from workplace collaborations to environmental conservation, political participation and international relations. Yet cooperation is often individually costly. So why are people (usually) willing to incur these costs, and what can we do to promote cooperation in the world around us?

To answer these questions, we take into account interactions across different scales, and integrate approaches from numerous disciplines. We ask (i) what prosocial and antisocial decisions people will make in particular situations and social environments; (ii) the cognitive mechanisms that determine how these decisions are actually made; and (iii) the ultimate explanations for why our decision-making processes have come to function as they do. We combine empirical observations from behavioral experiments with predictions generated by math models and computer simulations using evolutionary game theory. We draw on approaches from psychology as well as economics and evolutionary biology, and are interested in applications including law, management and public policy.

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. Students will be primarily assigned to one of the lab members, but will have the opportunity to work with multiple people in the lab.

Hours: Students will be expected to work 5 to 10 hours per week on average (weekly schedules can be flexible), including a 1 to 1.5 hour lab meeting.

Compensation: Course credit or volunteer.

Requirements: No direct psychology research experience necessary.  All 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.

Contact: If interested, please complete this form: http://bit.ly/19xjGzs

Questions? Email Gordon Kraft-Todd (gordon.kraft-todd@yale.edu)

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Investigator: Dr. Gregory McCarthy, Professor

Lab: Human Neuroscience Laboratory (SSS 309), Department of Psychology

Description of position: We study human brain function using a variety of methods including structural and functional MRI, EEG and evoked potentials, psychophysiology, eye-tracking, patient studies, and behavior. Current projects include the neural basis of the perception of animacy and intention, biological motion, and face/body perception. Most projects involve computer-intensive data analysis and students with programming and/or statistical skills may enjoy the challenge. Students who join the lab will initially participate in ongoing research projects. Students who demonstrate competence and commitment may develop independent research projects.

Hours: Students who wish to obtain directed research credit for their work in the lab should commit to 10 hours per week for 1 credit or 5 hours per week for half credit. Attendance at our lab’s weekly lab meeting is strongly recommended.

Compensation: Students may volunteer or may enroll for 1 (10 hours/week) or .5 credits (5 hours/week) of Directed Research. A limited number of paid summer positions are also available, with first preference to students who are already working on a research project in the lab.

Contact: Professor Gregory McCarthy (gregory.mccarthy@yale.edu)

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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
http://pantheon.yale.edu/~kw77/Research.html.

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
http://www.yale.edu/infantlab

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:
yalebaby.manager@yale.edu or shelley.mackinnon@yale.edu

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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:  http://www.yale.edu/perception/Brian/misc/jobs.html

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Researcher: June Gruber, Assistant Professor

Lab: Yale Positive Emotion and Psychopathology  (YPEP) Lab

Description: Can people be too happy?  Is there a wrong degree of happiness that can lead to negative outcomes? The YPEP tries to approach these counter-intuitive questions by examining positive emotion extremes in both healthy community and student samples as well as more severe psychiatric disorders, such as bipolar disorder and depression. We have several studies currently underway in the lab examining positive emotion experience, expression, and regulation using self-report questionnaire measures, coding facial expressions using Paul Ekman’s Facial Action Coding System (FACS) system, and analyzing psychophysiological (heart rate, breathing, skin temperature, galvanic skin response) data. Neuromaging studies using fMRI are a new direction in the lab currently underway and opportunities for exceptional Fall RA’s to gain further exposure in the Spring are possible. To read more about our research, see www.yalepeplab.com

Duties Involved: There are a wide variety of opportunities, including: running experimental sessions using multi-media audio-visual equipment, recruiting participants, conducting clinical phone interviews, collect/analyze psychophysiology data, getting trained to FACS code behavioral displays of emotion, entering and analyzing data using SPSS, and future opportunities to get involved in fMRI research for exceptional RAs.

Schedule: Flexible, 8-10 hours per week, 2-semester commitment required. Attending weekly 1-hour lab meetings preferred but not required. No prior experience is required but coursework in emotion, abnormal or social psychology may be beneficial. Provides excellent opportunity for students interested in graduate work in psychology or psychiatry.

Compensation: Volunteer or Course credit.

Contact: If interested, please email june.gruber@yale.edu with the following information:

- GPA, Year, Major

- Previous psych courses taken

- Previous research and/or clinical experience (if any)

- One paragraph statement about what you hope to gain and what you would contribute to the project.

  1. -Please specify which of the research duties listed above you are most interested in and why.

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Researcher: Gina Roussos, graduate student

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

Description of position: Seeking research assistants to help with multiple projects. African American research assistants especially needed to help administer an experiment on interracial interactions. Research projects cover topics as follows:

•The use of media to change prejudiced attitudes

•Understanding the influences on prejudiced attitudes

•How interracial interactions can reduce racial prejudice

Duties: Research assistants will help administer studies and collect and analyze data. Specifically, African American male and female students are needed to help administer a study on interracial interactions.

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

Hours: Volunteers can work a minimum of 5 hours a week. To receive course credit students must work 8-10 hours a week.  Scheduling is flexible.

Compensation: Volunteer or directed research course credit

Contact: For more information about this position, please contact Gina Roussos at gina.roussos@yale.edu. For more information about the lab, please visit http://www.yale.edu/intergroup/

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Researcher: Ifat Levy, Assistant Professor

Lab: Human Decision-Making Laboratory, Yale School of Medicine

Description: Our lab studies decision-making and valuation processes in humans. In our experiments we combine behavioral economics methods with functional MRI, eye-tracking and psychophysiological measurements. We focus on situations in which the consequences of different choices are not known for sure and on food choices, trying to correlate differences in behavior and neural activation with parameters such as age, weight and personality traits.

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

Hours: At least 6 hours/week and participation in lab meetings

Compensation: Course credit or volunteer

Contact: Dr. Ifat Levy: ifat.levy@yale.edu

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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.

Contact james.mazer@yale.edu

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

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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 credit must commit to at least 8 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 Spring 2014 semester. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Laurie Santos (laurie.santos@yale.edu) before January 10, 2014. Students interested for the spring semester must also attend the first lab meeting on Monday January 13, 2014 at 7pm in SSS 201.

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Lab: Beliefs and Society Lab, Professor Jaime Napier, Department of Psychology

Description of position:  Seeking research assistant to help with multiple projects.  Research includes topics such as women’s reactions to psychological feelings of power. In this particular project, we seek to understand how women feel when they have power over others, why they might feel this way, and what are some strategies that could be developed to change these feelings and make women more likely to attain—and retain—power.

Duties: Research assistant will be in involved in all levels of the research process, including literature reviews, recruiting, scheduling, and running participants for lab experiments, monitoring online data collection, and data coding. 

Requirements: Strongly motivated, highly responsive, and able to work independently. Previous research experience is not required but strongly preferred. Students who have completed higher numbers of psychology courses will be given priority. 

Hours: If volunteering, the student can choose to work between 5-8 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. A one-semester minimum commitment is expected, and willingness to commit for two semesters or more is a plus.

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

Contact: For more information about this position, please contact Andrea Vial at andrea.vial@yale.edu.  For more information about the lab, please visit http://pantheon.yale.edu/~jln33/lab/Home.html

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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 katherine.vonculin@yale.edu . 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.

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

Lab: McCormick Lab (McCormicklab.org)

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 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 (matthew.mcginley@yale.edu).