Psycholinguistics and Computational Cognition Lab
(FYI, We will be limited in what we can pursue this Fall, 2020, due to Covid restrictions. This could easily extend into the Winter quarter.)
Research in our lab investigates how language is understood and how concepts are formed. The lab takes three approaches to this research problem. We conduct basic psycholinguistic and cognitive experiments with human participants. We also explore language and cognitive issues with respect to their neuropsychological underpinnings. Many of our projects utilize the Hyperspace Analogue to Language computer model of memory. This model was developed in our lab. Check out the lab website for more information on lab research.
Undergraduate students have accomplished a great deal as RAs in the lab. In recent history, Dr. Burgess' undergraduates have won the Departmental Outstanding Undergraduate Student (three times), Outstanding Undergraduate in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (two times). Two of his students shared the Psi Chi Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award and were selected to represent UCR at the UC-wide Research Day in Sacramento. One of his undergrads won the UCR Rivera Award and another RA won the Outstanding Undergraduate in Neuroscience. For two years Dr Burgess mentored 8 undergrads who presented research at the Society for Computers in Psychology conference and the UCR Research Symposium. One undergraduate was a co-author on a paper submitted for publication. There are lots of photos of the students on Dr Burgess' FaceBook page.
Dr. Burgess and the graduate students collaborate with undergrads on a variety of projects in the lab. The lab website is a good start for acquiring a sense of what the lab is about and you can see the web pages for each of the research assistants.
Complete the application below to see if your interests and background fits with the lab's current needs. You should also consult Dr. Burgess' webpage on becoming a research assistant:
After completing this form, this information will be sent to the lab and you will hear back soon. Please email Dr. Burgess if you have any other questions. (
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Research Assistant Interest Form
What is your major?
What prompted you to inquire about our lab?
What is your anticipated graduation date?
(indicate quarter and year)
Have you taken any of the following classes?
Cognition / Perception
Linguistics or psycholinguistics
How good are you with Excel?
I'm probably better than you! (I can program macros)
Do you have any experience / talent with computer programming (C, sql, databases, perl, python, java) or web design (i.e., using Dreamweaver)? Not familiarity, but programming experience.
Describe what experience and your capabilities are.
Describe any previous research experience
Check any of the topics that are relevant to the lab's research interests
language & stereotypes
statistics / research design
What are your goals in becoming a research assistant?
Is there anything else you want us to know?
Thank you for your interest!
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