Research assistants (RAs) assist with experiments in the lab using state-of-the-art eye tracking equipment to study how people process information. The most common type of research in the lab focuses on how people read: how we fit together the sequence of visual "snapshots" of the text that we obtain from eye fixation to eye fixation to understand what the words and sentences mean... all in the matter of seconds. We also study how people make decisions (e.g., choose between two gambles), or perform other cognitive tasks (e.g., identify visual stimuli, understand/produce spoken language/music, etc.).
As part of this research, students develop stimuli (e.g., find words or pictures, compose sentences, etc.), run subjects (e.g., schedule appointments, give instructions, set up the eye tracker, observe the experiment during data collection, etc.), process data, and engage in the theoretical development of the project (conduct literature searches and present original research findings).
Students also have opportunities to learn experimental design (and related computer programming) and statistical analysis, if desired. In addition to working directly on ongoing projects in the lab, students attend weekly lab meetings, which involve reading, presenting, and discussing recent journal articles related to lab projects.
A research assistant position in this lab has a (minimum) two semester commitment of 10-15 hours per week so please make sure you are able to commit that much time before you apply.