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Area (Neuroscience, Cognitive, Developmental, Social, and/or Clinical)Course Credit Option Y/NPay option Y/NResearcher and LabDescriptionDutiesAverage weekly commitmentsMinimum Required SemestersContact
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Spring 2017 - Spring 2020Clinical and CommunityYes, volunteer available as wellNoProfessor Joy Kaufman (PI), Department of Psychiatry, Division of Prevention and Community ResearchUsing an implementation science frame, our research team evaluates community-based interventions with the goal of determining the factors that lead to successful implementation of evidenced-based or promising practices and understanding the effecteveness of these interventions in improving the health and safety of community residents. We are seeking two undergraduate research assistants to assist with qualitative coding 1) for a variety of public health projects that focus on cancer control, hypertension, and obesity prevention and 2) for a National evaluation of interventions to reduce domestic violence related homicide. Students will be trained in qualitative data analytic techniques, will be exposed to theories and methods for community-based research and will learn strategies to report research findings to community providers and community members. Please email amy.griffin@yale.edu if interested. Undergraduate assistants will be trained in qualitative data analysis procedures and will apply them to focus group and interview transcripts. Students will be trained to code and analyze data using NVivo software. Students may also be asked to conduct literature reviews or to create written summaries of findings and if desired can be involved in the development of manuscripts. 8-10 hours per week. Scheduling is flexibile.
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Fall 2018 and beyondCognitiveYes (Volunteer options available as well)NoComparative Cognition Lab (PI Prof. Laurie Santos). Researcher Dr. Shay Ben-HaimWe have openings to help in a study on conscious and non-conscios processing in humans. RAs will gain experience in all aspects of the research including reading, data analysis, data collection, assist in planning, and programing of experiments (if wishing to). The studies include visual and auditory perception tasks run on humns via a computer and will serve as a basis for comparison experiments done in animals and kids.RAs will gain experience in all aspects of the research including data analysis, data collection, reading, assist in planning, and programing of experiments (if wishing to).flexible number of hours and schedjuleNo specific constraintshay.mbh@gmail.com
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Fall 2018 and beyondSocial and PersonalityYes during the semester (Volunteer options available as well)NoLucy Armentano, Aleena Hay, Prof. Margaret Clark (PI) of the Clark Relationships LabDo you want to better understand how close relationships work? Or find out more about how people convey emotions to one another, both in words and through body language? We are interested in questions such as: Is what you say more important than what you show when expressing emotion? Is the strength of your relationship with your partner related to how you express emotion? Our lab seeks a few motivated research assistants to help us to process, code, and analyze data from a large scale, in-lab dyadic study we are just finishing data collection on. In this study we are bringing romantic couples into the lab to discuss their thoughts and experiences while being taped. Research assistants can start quickly getting trained, learning the ethical guidelines, and being approved to work with the data. Previous research experience is preferred, although not necessary. The Clark Lab members are committed to making this a truly educational experience for those broadly interested in research.Research assistants will be able to take part in many aspects of research, from data coding through data analysis. This will involve emotion coding, data management, and theoretical discussions of relevant work, among other things. (Note: We don’t expect applicants to already know how to do these things – they will be trained by our research team.)8-10 hours with flexible scheduling1 required (2 preferred)Contact Lucy Armentano (lucylle.armentano@yale.edu) as soon as possible for more information or to express interest
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Fall 2018 and beyondClinicalYes (Volunteer options available as well)NoLab: Affect Regulation & Cognition (ARC) Lab
PI: Jutta Joormann
Supervisors: Elizabeth Lewis, Reuma Gadassi Polack, & Ema Tanovic
Broadly speaking, the ARC lab examines risk factors for the development and maintenance of depression and anxiety disorders. Using a wide array of methods (e.g., eye-tracking, psychophysiology, EEG), there is a particular focus on the emotional experiences within these disorders as well as the cognitive processing of emotional material. A total of 3-4 RAs are needed. 1-2 RA's are being recruited to assist with projects examining the similarities and differences of worry and rumination, two perseverative styles of thought that have different impacts on emotional experiences. 1 RA is being recruited to assist with a project examining selective attention and its relation to depressive symptoms among pregnant women. 1 RA is being recruited to work on a study examinining how diffilculty responding to uncertainty confers risk for the development of anxiety disorders; the RA would gain experience with psychophysiology methods, administering mild electric shocks, and data analysis. Duties would include assisting with semi-structured phone interviews to assess history of psychopathology and eligibility for current projects, helping run participants through study protocols that involve the collection of self-report, behahvioral, eye-tracking, and (neuro)physiology data, general recruitment duties (e.g., flyering, managing lab e-mail accounts), and assisting with literature searches10 hours per week (includes a 1.5-hour lab meeting)2 preferredelizabeth.lewis@yale.edu, reuma.gadassipolack@yale.edu, ema.tanovic@yale.edu
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Fall 2018- Spring 2019DevelopmentalYes (Volunteer options available as well for current Yale students)NoTheChildLab.com (run by Drs. Mark Sheskin Frank Keil of the Yale Cognition and Development Lab)We are running a wide range of developmental studies with children ages 5-12 around the world, via video chat. This is a new approach to doing developmental studies, and we are excited about it for several reasons, including the ability to recruit from a more diverse population than just around New Haven (including internationally). For more information, please see TheChildLab.comResearch assistants can get involved with designing and running specific projects (including, but not limited to, investigating children's developing understanding of science), as well as with developing the online platform in general. Interest or previous experience with any of the following are plusses, but not required: working with children, creating videos in iMovie, organizing social media campaigns, and speaking multiple languages fluently. Most importantly, this may be a good fit for you if you are eager to collaborate on building something new. Attendance at a weekly lab meeting (Cognition and Development Lab) is encouraged, and developing an independent project is possible.10 hours per week (flexible)1mark.sheskin@yale.edu
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Spring 2018 - Summer 2018ClinicalYes (and volunteer)NYale Child Study Center - Anxiety & Mood Disorders Program. PIs: Wendy K. Silverman, Phd (Professor, Director) and Eli Lebowitz, PhD (Assistant Professor, Associate Director)Under the direction of Dr. Wendy Silverman, the Anxiety and Mood Disorders Program focuses on developing and evaluating treatments and mechanisms relevant to the development and maintenance of anxiety and its disorders in youth. Our studies utilize motion tracking technology, behavioral, imaging, and biological data to examine these questions.We are seeking talented, highly motivated undergraduates (sophomores and beyond) to participate in research training opportunities at the Yale Child Study Center. Training will be provided on the day‐to‐day operations of a childhood anxiety disorders specialty research clinic. Students will learn about anxiety treatment research
through direct participation. Duties include: 1) administering questionnaires, 2) data entry and analysis, 3) running bevarial assessment tasks. Opportunites are available for students to develop independent research projects under the mentorship of a faculty member.
10 hours/week2carla.marin@yale.edu
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Fall 2018, Spring 2019SocialYes (and volunteer)NoPI: Dr. Maria Gendron, Affective Science and Culture LabThe Affective Sceince and Culture Lab is seeking Yale undergraduate students who would like to gain research experience in the area of affective science and culture. We conduct research online, in daily life (experience sampling) and in the exprimental laboratory/field setting that addresses situational, individual and cultural variation in emotion. Of particular interest is unpacking how knowledge about emotions (concepts) impacts how one experiences emotions and perceives them in others.Research assistants may be directly involved in preparation of experiments, facilitation of data collection (online in Fall 2018 and in person in Spring 2019) and analysis. RAs may also be involved in qualitative data coding (of experimental responses and narrative data). We are seeking research assistants who are native English speakers or native Mandarin speakers for this particular task. (Other students are also welcome.) Depending on interest and experience, research assistants may be invited to assist in analysis of eyetracking or physiological data. RAs are asked to attend weekly lab meetings.8-12 hours per week (flexible). Weekend hours may be available.2 preferredTo learn more or apply for a position, please contact Dr. Gendron at maria.gendron@yale.edu

If you have a current CV or resume, please attach it along with a brief description of your interest in the lab.
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Anytime!Behavioral neuroscience, Neurobiology YesNoLi Yan McCurdy (graduate student), in Michael Nitabach's lab (Sterling Hall of Medicine)We're interested in understanding what goes on in the fruit-fly's brain during learning. We've known for decades that flies can be classically conditioned (think Pavlov's dogs) to associate odors with punishment, but it's less clear exactly HOW they learn it. We know that mammalian brains learn by performing the same computations that machines use (i.e. machine-learning algorithms), but it's hard to figure out how neurons calculate things, because mammalian brains are big and complicated. On the other hand, fruit-flies have a much simpler nervous system (100k neurons in flies vs 100b neurons in humans), and we have cool genetic tools that let us manipulate and visualize activity in really precise subsets of neurons. So we think flies are a great animal to use to understand how neurons implement computations that generate behavior, which is a really fundamental question in neuroscience. Research assistants will perform behavioral experiments on fruit-flies. They will learn basic fly husbandry, genetics and maintenance, basic wet lab skills (e.g. pipetting), and run sophisticated optogenetic behavioral experiments, in which light is used to artificially activate specific neurons during learning odor-punishment associations, to investigate the role of different neurons during learning. ***Previous experience NOT required. The research project is a great introduction to wet-lab research, where basic wet-lab skills will be taught, whilst performing sophisticated behavioral experiments. Strong emphasis placed on mentoring, so you'll be in good hands!>=8 hours per week, very flexible1liyan.mccurdy@yale.edu
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Spring 2018, Fall 2018, and beyondSocial, Neuroscience, CognitiveYesNoDr. Molly Crockett, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Crockett Lab Blaise Pascal described human beings as “the glory and scum of the universe”. Each of us carries blueprints for an astonishing range of social behaviors, from the heroic to the atrocious. The Crockett Lab seeks to understand this paradox by investigating the psychological and neural mechanisms of social learning and decision-making. Current research questions include: What makes us behave morally when no one is watching? Why does moral outrage feel so good? What do we think of liars? How do we decide whether to trust someone? Our approach integrates social psychology, behavioral economics, neuroscience and philosophy. We use a range of methods including behavioral experiments, computational modeling, brain imaging, and pharmacology. Research assistants are full members of the lab and will be included in all aspects of our research, from literature review and experimental design, to study implementation (including participant recruitment and testing), to data analysis and presentation. ~10 hours per week, flexible1 required (2 preferred)Email Dr Crockett (molly.crockett@yale.edu) and include a CV and a brief paragraph explaining your interest in the lab and any previous research experience
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Spring 2018, Summer 2018 and beyondClinical, NeuroscienceYesNoHedy Kober, Clinical & Affective Neuroscience Lab (Psychology, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Cog Sci)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’) and binge eating. The work in our lab includes behavioral, clinical, psychophysiological, and functional neuroimaging (fMRI) studies of alcohol drinkers, cigarette smokers, cocaine users, binge eaters, 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.yale.edu
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 fun and educational things.10 hours2hedy.kober@yale.edu -- Please include 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; and a CV.
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Spring 2018 and BeyondClinical, child psychology/psychiatryYesNoDavid Saunders, MD, PhD (PI: Hedy Kober), Clinical & Affective Neuroscience Lab (Psychology, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Cog Sci), Child Study Center Are you interested in mindfulness and/or meditation practice? Do you enjoy working with children? Do you ever wonder how meditation could impact attention regulation? If so, we are seeking an undergraduate to join the lab to help study mindfulness practices in child and adolescent populations.

Broadly speaking, the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Lab (PI: Hedy Kober, canlab.yale.edu) studies the regulation of craving from behavioral, clinical, psychophysiological, and functional neuroimaging (fMRI) perspectives. Additionally (and relatedly), the lab has a longstanding interest in mindfulness-based interventions, both within and outside the context of craving/addiction. At present, Drs. Saunders and Kober are running two mindfulness-related projects: a pilot study of a mindfulness-based ADHD treatment for children and a meta-analysis of mindfulness-based interventions in children and adolescents.

Previous research not required. This position is ideal for bright, engaged and interested students from all fields of study.
Research assistants are full members of the CAN lab. You will be included in all aspects of the mindfulness-related projects, with the potential to participate in others. Responsibilities may include interacting with participants (children with ADHD) and their parents in all phases of the clinical trial (recruitment, screening, intervention, follow-up), literature searches, assisting with data management, potentially data analysis and/or data presentation.
10 hours per week (or more)2david.saunders@yale.edu -- Please include 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 relevant fields; - Year, Major, GPA; and a CV.
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Fall 2017 - BeyondSocial CognitionYesNoThe Automaticity in Cognition, Motivation, and Emotion Lab - Professor John Bargh (PI: Anton Gollwitzer and John Bargh)There are two projects which we are currently working on. (1) Do lay people exist who can accurately judge the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors of other people? In other words, do ‘super psychologists’ exist in the general population? What cognitive, social, and personality constructs relate to having such an ability? Specific tasks will include reviewing literature, designing experiments, collecting data, editing papers. (2) Does a domain-general dislike of pattern deviancy underlie individuals' prejudice and stigmatization. Can dislike of deviancy even in simple geomtric shapes (one triangle slightly out of line in a row of triangles) predict prejudice and stigmatization? All are welcome to apply! anton.gollwitzer@yale.eduSpecific tasks will include reviewing literature, locating and collecting data, statistical analysis. Students may enroll for research experience, a senior project, volunteer, and/or depending on the level of contribution be included as an author on possible papers10 hours per week. Scheduling is flexible.1Simply contact me! anton.gollwitzer@yale.edu
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Fall 2017 - BeyondSocial CognitionYesNoThe Automaticity in Cognition, Motivation, and Emotion Lab - Professor John Bargh (PI: Anton Gollwitzer and John Bargh)There are two projects which we are currently working on. (1) Do lay people exist who can accurately judge the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors of other people? In other words, do ‘super psychologists’ exist in the general population? What cognitive, social, and personality constructs relate to having such an ability? Specific tasks will include reviewing literature, designing experiments, collecting data, editing papers. (2) Can we build algorithms that determine innocence or guilt in criminal court cases? A number of factors have been identified relating to false convictions, false confessions, eye-witness identification, etc. We plan to quantify such factors in innovative ways allowing us to investigate how these factors interact, in turn, leading to wrongful convictions. All are welcome to apply! anton.gollwitzer@yale.eduSpecific tasks will include reviewing literature, locating and collecting data, statistical analysis. Students may enroll for research experience, a senior project, volunteer, and/or depending on the level of contribution be included as an author on possible papers10 hours per week. Scheduling is flexible.1Simply contact me! anton.gollwitzer@yale.edu
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Fall 2018 and onwardClinical, Developmental, NeuroscienceYesNoDr. Dylan Gee, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Yale Clinical Affective Neuroscience & Development LabThe Yale Clinical Affective Neuroscience & Development Lab is seeking highly motivated Yale undergraduate students looking to gain research experience in clinical psychology and developmental neuroscience. The lab uses behavioral, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging techniques to study the development of anxiety and stress-related disorders across childhood and adolescence. We are especially interested in typical and atypical trajectories of brain development related to emotional behavior, the effects of early-life adversity, and translating knowledge from basic science to optimize clinical treatments.Research assistants will have the opportunity to contribute to many stages of the research process including recruitment, phone screening for clinical participants, data collection (with children, adolescents, parents, and adult participants), preparing participants for the MRI scan, managing and analyzing data, development of experiment-related materials, and discussion of current projects and results at our regular lab meetings. Previous research experience is preferred but not required. This position is ideal for students with interests in clinical child & adolescent psychology and neuroscience.10 hours/week2Send a CV/resume, paragraph on previous research experience (if any) and interest in the position, class year, major, and GPA to dylan.gee@yale.edu
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Fall 2018 and onwardNeuroscienceYesNoDr. Dylan Gee, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Yale Clinical Affective Neuroscience & Development LabThe Yale Clinical Affective Neuroscience & Development Lab is seeking highly motivated Yale undergraduate students looking to gain research experience in human neuroimaging. The lab uses fMRI techniques to study the development of anxiety and stress-related disorders. Research assistants will have the opportunity to see many stages of these studies including MRI data collection, quality assurance, and processing. Prior experience working with MRI (e.g., in a research methods class or in a lab) is preferred but not required. Experience with computer programming (UNIX, bash, R, python, or matlab) preferred but not required. This position is ideal for students with interest in human neuroscience including clinical, affective, and developmental neuroscience.10 hours/week2Send a CV/resume, paragraph on previous research experience (if any) and interest in the position, class year, major, and GPA to dylan.gee@yale.edu and paola.odriozola@yale.edu
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Fall 2017 - plusNeuroscienceYesNoDr. Steve Chang, Assistant Professor of Psychology and NeuroscienceHow does the human brain make social decisions impacting others? Students will use novel neuroeconomics tasks designed to understand the neural mechanisms of self and other processing using fMRI in humans. Students will work closely with graduate students to design studies, collect data, and analyze data. (http://changlab.yale.edu/gallery/welcome-lab)Students are expected to be a motivated and engaged member of the lab. Programming experiences are strongly encouraged. Students will help design studies, collect data, and analyze data with a graduate student mentor. 10 hours/week1 semester (2 or more preferred)steve.chang@yale.edu
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Spring 2018 & onwardClinical, neuroscienceYesYesBJ Casey, Director of the Fundamentals of the Adolescent Brain (FAB) LabWe are looking for research assistants to help with the national landmark Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) study to track brain development and health in 10,000 children through adolescence (see abcdstudy.org). At Yale, we are enrolling and following 600 families. Experience working with children and teens (either formal or informal) is required. These positions offer experience in recruiting, screening and testing participants. The research will provide opportunities to gain experience in imaging, biospecimen collection, and in neurocognitve and clinical assessments. Contact: bj.casey@yale.edu for more information.10 hours/week2contact bj.casey@yale.edu and provide a resume or CV and a few sentences on why you would like to work on this study.
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Spring 2018 + Fall 2018CognitiveYesYesYale Perception & Cognition Laboratory: http://perception.yale.edu (Professor Brian Scholl)We have openings for Yale undergraduates, to help study the nature of seeing and thinking 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 attention and awareness, subjective time dilation, vision and art, and how seeing and thinking interact.

For more information, see http://perception.yale.edu/Brian/misc/jobs.html
See http://perception.yale.edu/Brian/misc/jobs.html10 hours/weekNo specific constraintSee http://perception.yale.edu/Brian/misc/jobs.html
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Fall 2018-beyond Behavioral NeuroscieneYesNo (although option for future paid summer internship if interested)Leah Fleming, 3rd year PhD student in Jane Taylor's lab in Molecular Psychaitry Deparment at YaleWe are looking for Yale undergraduates to assist with projects focused on understanding various cognitive behaviors that underlie more complex psychotic symptoms. We study these behaviors in rats and determine how pharmacological and circuit-level manipulations in the brain affect rats' performance. The goal is to try to determine the biological basis of psychotic symptoms experienced by patients (with schizophrenia for instance). This work is in direct collaboration with a human lab using fMRI and TMS to study similar behaviors across different diagnostic groups. Students will mostly assist with running the various behavioral paradigms and handling rats. You will be exposed to some basic wet lab skills and data analysis. You also have the option to attend weekly lab meetings and various talks in the Molecular Psychaitry Department. 10 hours/week, and availability on weekends would be great. >1 preferredIf interested, please contact me (Leah) at leah.fleming@yale.edu with your CV. I look forward to hearing from you!
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Summer 2018, Fall 2018 onwardBehavioral NeuroscienceYesYesDr. Summer Thompson, postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Jane R Taylor's lab in Molecular Psychiatry We are conducting studies aimed at identifying the role of the gut microbiome in complex behaviors relevant to compulsive features of addiction, OCD, or binge eating. This work provides the opportunity for training in operant behavioral paradigms and molecular biology techniques such as qPCR. We are looking for motivated volunteers who are interested in helping conduct this research.Responsibilities may include conducting behavioral experiments in mice and performing molecular biology assays.10 hr/week with weekend hours available, more hours possible during the summerprefer 2+If interested in the position, please contact Summer at summer.thompson@yale.edu with a CV your availability.
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Fall 2017 - Spring 2018Cognitive / NeuroscienceYesNoMarvin Chun, Professor, Visual Cognitive Neuroscience LabThe student will be involved in cognitive neuroscience research using fMRI and computational modeling.The student should have superb analytic and programming skills. Experience with R, Matlab, Python, and/or machine learning techniques would be a plus, but not necessary for consideration. Most of the work will involve analyzing data, although we may also seek assistance in developing and running experiments. In the past, advanced students have published refereed journal papers from the lab (http://camplab.psych.yale.edu/links.html5-10 hours/week (flexible)1marvin.chun@yale.edu
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Spring 2018 and beyondBehavioral neuroscience, Neurobiology YesNoPree Sareen (Postdoc), in Michael Nitabach's lab (Sterling Hall of Medicine)Our lab is broadly interested in understanding how neural circuits generate complex behaviors in the fruit-fly (Drosophila melanogaster) and worm (C elegans). We use a combination of genetic, neurophysiological, behavioral, and computational tools to probe these circuits. Specifically, this project is focused on understanding how fruit-flies make choices under conflicting taste information. If you're interested in understanding how neural circuits create complex behaviors, and are excited about getting some wet-lab experience, we'd love to have you as part of our team!Research assistants will perform behavioral experiments on fruit-flies. They will learn basic fly husbandry, genetics and maintenance, basic wet lab skills (e.g. making soutions), and run sophisticated optogenetic behavioral experiments, in which light is used to artificially activate/silence specific neurons in freely moving flies, to investigate the role of different neurons during choice-making behavior. The research project is a great introduction to wet-lab research in a genetically-tractable animal model.8 or more h/week. Scheduling is flexible.1preeti.sareen@yale.edu Some background in Biology and quantitative fields will be beneficial.
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Spring 2018, Fall 2018Clinical Psychology and/or NeuroscienceYesNoDenis Sukhodolsky, Associate Professor, The Sukhodolsky Lab, Child Study Center, Yale School of MedicineThe Sukhodolsky lab conduct research on the efficacy and biomarkers of behavioral interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disorders including autism, Tourette Syndrome and disruptive behavior disorders. The long-term goals of this research are to identify the neural mechanisms of behavioral interventions with established efficacy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy for irritability, and to develop new, neuroscience-based treatments for children who do not respond to existing treatments.Become familiar with and participate in activities related to studies that use electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine brain mechanisms of response to cognitive-behavior therapy in children and adolescents. Administering and scoring psychological assessments and entering data from paper-and-pencil forms into the electronic database. Opportunities will be available to observe clinical assessments of children participating in studies of behavioral therapy for aggression and anxiety. The students will learn about conduct of clinical research with pediatric populations.  8 to 10 hours per week.1send CV or resume to denis.sukhodolsky@yale.edu
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Summer 2017 - BeyondClinical, NeuroscienceYesNDr. James McPartland, Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology (PI). The McPartland Lab, Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of MedicineThe McPartland Lab investigates autism spectrum disorder from a clinical neuroscience perspective. Our lab is part of the Yale Autism Program and the Developmental Disabilities Clinic at the Yale Child Study Center. We are seeking highly motivated Yale undergraduate students looking to gain research experience in both clinical psychology and developmental neuroscence. Our research focuses on using EEG and eye-tracking techniques, along with behavorial measures and clinical assessments to better understand the social difficulties associated with autism specrtrum disorder in both children and adults. The McPartland lab has multiple ongoing research projects in which interested students will have the opportunity to learn about and become involved in. (http://medicine.yale.edu/lab/mcpartland)Students will learn about several aspects of the research process; stimulus creation, literature reviews, data collection and analysis. They will will receive training in several aspects of electrophysiological brain research including experimental design; programming experimental paradigms; analyzing and extracting EEG and ERP data. They will also gain further experience with data management and clinical assessments by helping score and file measures. They will have the oppportunity to observe cases in the autism clinic and help with child supervision during parent feedback sessions. Students can work towards an independent research project, but are required to be involved with our work in the lab for 1 year prior to undertaking a thesis involving original data collection.8-10 hours per week.2james.mcpartland@yale.edu
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Fall 2018 onwardsSocial Neuroscience; Developmental ScienceYesNoDr. Helena Rutherford, Yale Child Study Center We are looking for enthusiastic, reliable, and motivated volunteers to engage in experimental research with families during pregnancy and the postpartum period. We want to understand how men and women transition into their parenting role, and how this may be affected by psychopathology (including depression, anxiety, and addiction). Responsibilities may include the collection and analysis of EEG, hormonal, and behavioral (observational coding, decision making, accuracy and reaction times) measures. Students may also help with recruitment, literature reviews, and manuscript preparation.8-12 hours a week2 preferredIf you are interested, please email helena.rutherford@yale.edu
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Fall 2018, Spring 2019SocialYesNoNatalie Wittlin, Gender and Intergroup Relations Labs (PIs: Marianne LaFrance and Jack Dovidio)I am seeking motivated and organized undergraduates to assist with research on people’s experiences with their own gender and physical appearance. Interested students should contact me for more details. RAs will be working primarily with a fourth-year PhD candidate and will have opportunities to participate in Gender and Intergroup Relations lab meetings. Students should be familiar with psychological research methods but are not required to have previous research experience. Because RAs will be working with participants and addressing sensitive issues, they should be comfortable interacting with strangers and explicitly discussing identity and emotional experiences.Research Assistants will set up experiments, collect data (i.e., run studies in the lab), code data, clean data, and participate in lab meetings. They may also be involved with data analysis and write-up, to the extent that they are interested. Training and support will be provided.8-12 hours per week (flexible). Weekend hours available.2 preferred (possibly more if interested)To learn more or apply for a position, please contact Natalie Wittlin at natalie.wittlin@yale.edu with the following information: (1) Name; (2) Class year; (3) Major; (4) Psychology courses taken and grades for each course; (5) Resume/CV (should include any previous research experience); (6) A one paragraph description of why you are interested in this position.
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Spring 2018, Fall 2018DevelopmentalYesNoPI: Dr. Yarrow Dunham, Social Cognitive Development Lab
Researchers: Various
The Social Cognitive Development 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. If interested, descriptions of graduate student and post-doctoral research interests can be found at http://www.socialcogdev.com/people/. WowResearch 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. RAs are encouraged to attend weekly lab meetings, weekly reading groups, and have weekend availiability for going to recruitment events and weekend museum shifts. RAs must be comfortable interacting with young children ages 3-12 as well as parents in person and over the phone.8-12 hours per week (flexible). Weekend hours available. 2 preferredTo learn more or apply for a position, please contact the lab manager, Sophie Arnold, at sophie.arnold@yale.edu .


If you are interested in a specific grad student or post-doc’s work, please indicate that in your email.
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Summer 2018 and beyondClinicalY (and volunteer) NMolly Crossman (PI: Alan E. Kazdin, PhD), Yale Innovative Interactions LabOur lab is dedicated to learning more about how individuals of all ages interact with animals and robots to improve their own wellbeing and cope with the challenges of daily life. Examples of ongoing projects are an investigation of the influence of pet dogs on maternal-child interactions and a study of emotional contagion between people and dogs. For summer 2018 and Fall 2019, this position will involve recruiting and running participants in lab-based studies, behavioral coding, entering and cleaning data, and participating in day-to-day administration of the lab. Opportunities to learn the Facial Action Coding System (FACS), DogFACS, and/or maternal mind-mindedness (mother-child interaction) coding schemes. Students may also be involved in conducting literature reviews and conducting online studies. This is an excellent experience for students interested in clinical psychology, children and families, human-animal interaction, and research. For more information please see iilab.yale.eduRecruiting, consenting, and running subjects, data entry and management; behavioral coding; literature reviews; and related lab tasks. Opportunities are available to learn behavioral coding schemes and to participate in manuscript preparation. 8-10 hours1molly.crossman@yale.edu
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clinicalNeuroeconomics and Clinical NeuroscienceY (and volunteer)NDr. Pushkarskaya (PI), Yale OCD Research ClinicWe focus on individual differences in judgment and decision making in healthy and clinical populations. Most immediately, we are seeking applicants for a Research Assistant position for a project that applies drift-diffusion models to examine perceptual and value-based decision making in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) at the behavioral and neural levels. The research assistant will work closely with study participants from clinical and healthy populations, conduct clinical assessments, collect and analyze behavioral and neuroimaging data, work on manuscripts preparation. Other projects investigate (1) abnormal patterns in reward processing and uncertainty attitudes in Obsessive Compulsive and Hoarding disorders, and (2) social choices in individuals with hypomanic temperament. Our research combines data from clinical interviews, behavioral and neuroimaging experiments, and large-scale surveys.Training will be provided on fMRI, eye-tracking, and behavioral data collection and analyses. Opportunities are available for undegraduate research projects. Research assistants will work directly with patients and healthy participants; work on data analysis, record keeping, and manuscript preparation. Specifically looking for at least one person with programing experience. 8-10 hours (flexible)1 required, 2 preferredTo apply, contact Dr. Helen Pushkarskaya, helen.pushkarskaya@yale.edu
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Fall 2018, Spring 2019Developmental and CognitiveY (and volunteer)YesProfessor Julian Jara-Ettinger (PI), Computation and Cognitive Development LabOur lab runs a range of studies with children, mainly between the ages of 4 and 9, and adults. Our studies focus on how both children and adults understand abstract social concepts, including thoughts, beliefs, desires, and fairness. We aim to understand how and when these concepts develop over the course of development, and how they are applied by adults. We also investigate how children and adults teach and learn from others. For past studies conducted by Julian Jara-Ettinger visit http://www.compdevlab.com/Research assistants will work closely with graduate students and the lab manager. RA’s will be involved in all aspects of research including data collection, participant recruitment, study design and data coding and analysis. RA’s will collect data at museums (including the Peabody), preschools and in lab. Some weekend availability is strongly preferred, as is experience or comfort with children. There will be an opportunity for RA’s to attend lab meetings
8-10 hours per week (flexible)1 required, 2 preferredcontact the lab manager at madison.flowers@yale.edu
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Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018Developmental NeuroscienceYNLab: Holmes Lab PI: Dr. Avram Holmes Researchers: Various graduate studentsThe Holmes Lab is focused on discovering the fundamental organization of large-scale human brain networks and the establishment of psychiatric risk. Our studies typically involve working with large, open access datasets and fMRI/behavioral data collected on-site from healthy and clinical populations. More information can be found at: http://www.holmeslab.yale.eduUndergraduate research assistants will work directly with graduate students in the Holmes Lab. RAs can expect to gain experience in: recruitment, running, and payment of human subjects in fMRI/behavioral studies, stimulus and paradigm development, and data maintenance and analysis. Prior experience with programming and behavioral data collection is a plus, but not required. 10 hours per week. Scheduling is flexible.1 required, 2 preferredIf interested, please email your CV and a brief paragraph describing your reasons for applying to the lab manager, David Gruskin (david.gruskin@yale.edu)
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Fall 2017 and beyondDevelopmental; CognitiveYYAaron Chuey, Emmanuel Trouche (Faculty: Frank Keil); Cognition and Development LabAre you interested in studying our understanding of how things work and how such understandings change as we grow up? The Cognition and Development Lab is looking for a research assistant for next Fall and Winter to assist in one or more studies about children’s and adults’ cognitions concerning mechanisms in biology and various everyday devices. If you are interested in causality, intuitive theories, science education, or cognitive development, this position might interest you. We are seeking 3 part-time paid research assistants for the upcoming academic year. Research assistants will primarily assist in subject recruitment and data acquisition, but with potential to also be involved in stimulus design, data analysis, and general lab tasks. RA's will primarily be working with children ages 5-10, so experience and comfortability with children is a big plus. A car, while not required, is also a plus. Please email aaron.chuey@yale.edu with your resume/CV, research experience, and 1 or 2 professional or academic references.Research assistants will be involved primarily in data collection, but with potential to engage in other aspects of the research process as well (stimulus development, data analysis, etc.). Potential RA's will primarily work with children ages 5-10 at local museums and preschools, and comfortability/experience with children is a must. (Research Assistants will receive extensive training before formal interactions with child participants)5-10 hours (flexible)1 (2 upon satisfactory performance)aaron.chuey@yale.edu
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Spring 2018-Spring 2019Social YYSocial Perception and Communication Lab (PI: Dr. Jennifer Richeson)Our research in the SPCL lab broadly focuses on psychological
phenomena related to cultural diversity, centering around the predictors
and consequences of stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, and,
ultimately, inequality. The current study aims to replicate and extend
research related to physiological consequences of contending with
discrimination.
The SPCL research assistant will focus on participant recruitment, coordination, and management. They will be responsible for collecting data for a psychophysiological study, and will be trained in blood pressure and heart rate monitoring methods, as well as videotaping. Additionally, the research assistant will engage in coding and cleaning data. Other tasks include helping facilitate data collection for other graduate-level students in the SPCL lab. 6-10 hours during semester, more available in the summer 1ivy.onyeador@yale.edu, ajua.duker@yale.edu
(cc both of us on the email)
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Fall 2017 and beyondNeuroscience, developmental, clinicalYNDr. Michael Crowley LabOur work focuses on the broad area of child and adolescent self-regulation. We study a range of topics related to self-regulation including anxiety, avoidance, risk aversion, ostracism/social exclusion, risk-taking/ substance use risk, reward processing, mindfulness and self-compassion.Training will be provided on state-of-the-art EEG data collection techniques. Opportunities are available for undergraduate research projects. Research assistants can be expected to run patients and trials, review literature, and other tasks.8 hours per week. (Flexible)1To apply, contact: Dr. Michael Crowley
michael.crowley@yale.edu
(203) 326-8891
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Summer 2018 and beyondClinicalYNCarla Stover, Associate Professor Child Study Center
Dr. Stover's lab focuses on studies of interventions for high risk families including those with violence and substance misuse. We focus on understanding the causes and correlates of violence and substance misuse and mechanisms to intervene to stop family violence, improve co-parenting relationships and father-child relationships.

Assist with recruitment of fathers into a randomized pilot of a fatherhood focused family violence education program compared to intervention as usual mandated by the courts. Assist with informed consent, data collection, and data entry, coding on the project. Student will work closely with Dr. Stover and other lab staff to carry out the goals of the project and follow research protocol. Highly motivated students may also participate in data analysis and writing projects. 8-10 hours1 but perfer 2email your CV to carla.stover@yale.edu
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Fall 2018- Spring 2019DevelopmentalYNoThe Yale Infant Cognition Center PI: Dr. Karen Wynn Researchers: Various
Our research broadly focuses on social cognition in infancy. We are running a number of studies with infants & toddlers ranging from 3 months to 5 years old. These studies are largely focused on discovering what infants think about various aspects of the social world. Some of the topics we look at include examining infants' preferences for characters based on their social behavior or group membership and infants' reasoning about the natural world. More information about our research can be found at http://campuspress.yale.edu/infantlab/
Interns will work closely with lab researchers on new and ongoing studies, participating fully in all aspects of the research process. Interns will become familiar with experimental methods used in infant studies, and will immediately become involved in recruiting and testing participants, designing and setting up studies, and coding and analyzing results. They will also attend a weekly lab meeting where we discuss the theoretical motivation for our studies, experimental data, and relevant research findings from other labs.8-10 hrs/wk (Flexible) We will work around your schedule2 requiredPlease contact the lab manager: alexa.sacchi@yale.edu
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2017-2019Developmental, Social, SleepPossiblyYesMonica Ordway, PhD, APRN, Yale School of NursingAs part of your experience, you will be mentored, work independently/as a group on projects/tasks, and attend weekly lab meetings. You will be asked to attend home visits with the principal investigator or a member of the research team. You must enjoy interacting with young children and their families. Such work requires multi-tasking, patience, creativity, respect, sensitivity, and the ability to “think on your toes!”5-10 hours flexible1; 2 preferredmonica.ordway@yale.edu
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Fall 17 -Spring 18ClinicalNoNoSeth Axelrod, Dept of Psychiatry, YIELDLearn about problems of chronic emotional dysregulation and patterns of dangerous impulsive urges and behaivor including suicide, non-suicidal self-injury, and substance use disorders in a Day Hospital setting. Our studies relate to Borderline Personality Disorder and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Ideal for students intending to pursue clinical psychology or related fields.1-2 students will work on Dialectical Behavior Therapy Quality Imnprovement research including facilitating data collection by interacting with patients and clinicians, data checking, and performing preliminary statistical analyses. Students will attend clinically rich weekly team meetings. Students may also help with literature reviews and manuscript preparation.10 hours/week2seth.axelrod@yale.edu. Please include a paragraph explaining your interest and any prior clinical and/or research related experience.
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Spring 2018Animal behavior, neurobiology/anatomyNoNoDr. Christine Lattin (postdoc) in Dr. Rich Carson's lab (Yale PET Center)I am recruiting enthusiastic and motivated undergraduate students to work on two research projects. Research experience would be a plus, but is not necessary. The first project will examine the behavioral response of individuals when faced with novelty (“neophobia”). This behavior is repeatable within an individual, but we know little about how different individuals can affect each others’ behavior, or about how hormones and the brain differ between neophobic and non- neophobic individuals. The second project will involve creating a 3D digital map of the house sparrow brain using MRI, CT, and histology (microscope slides). House sparrows are a common wild species used in studying physiology and behavior but there is no good reference of neural anatomy available for this species - yet! I am looking for a student to help carry out behavioral trials for the neophobia study, and a student to help digitize microscope slides (and perhaps work with BioImaging Suite to help create regions of interest) for the sparrow brain atlas project. Working on either of these projects should result in co-authorship on a peer- reviewed scientific publication.5-10 hours a week1If you are interested in either of these positions, please contact Dr. Christine Lattin at christine.lattin@yale.edu. Include the following information in your email:
1. Which project you are interested in 2. Your research interests and experiences 3. A recent resume/curriculum vitae 4. Contact information for two references
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Spring 2018Clinical Psychology NoNoJoanna Watson, YNHH Adult DBT IOPWe are looking for a RA to assist with a new research project that will be running for the next few months. To assist with our qualitative research on sibling relationships in the context of emotion dysregulation, we are hoping to recruit an undergrad student to assist with the coding of statements of need (n=469), looking for themes in our data set.Train with Joanna Watson on qualitative data anylsis methods and apply these techniques to an inductive thematic analysis of statements of interest/need submitted by sibling applicants to Family Connections, a program for family members seeking assistance and skills as they navigate their relationship with a loved one who has emotion dysregulation difficulties (n=469).5-10 hours a week1If you are interested please contact Joanna Watson at joanna.watson@yale.edu
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Spring 2018, Fall 2019Cognitive, Developmental, SocialNoYes, hourly payLab: STEM Program Evaluation and Research Lab (STEM-PERL)
PI: Mark Graham
Looking for a research assistant/intern interested in education research, studying the outcomes of undergraduate students in various learning environments. We have a focus on STEM courses, but what we learn is relevant to other academic disciplines as well. We collect and analyze data from Yale classrooms as well as other universities in the U.S. We are also interested in data from programs that train graduate students and postdocs to be better teachers. ***Here are some of the topics we study: active learning, growth mindset, student engagement, student trust, academic performance, teacher training, and more!You will have the opportunity to learn about and engage in the following research activities:

- Collect data (such as through student interviews or Qualtrics surveys)
- Analyze quantitative and qualitative data (using SPSS analysis software)
- Become familiar with a comprehensive database environment
- Review relevant background research/literature
- Summarize data into a report format (text and tables/figures)
- Present research findings at a lab/journal club meeting

...along with other tasks that arise throughout the research project
Flexible1 (but 2 is also an option)View position listing here: https://tinyurl.com/stemperl-RA1819

For more information & to apply contact Melanie Bauer: melanie.bauer@yale.edu
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Spring 2018-Fall 2018Neuroscience, Cognitive, Developmental, ClinicalNSome roles Y, other volunteerHilary Blumberg, MD, Mood Disorders Research ProgramMultiple opportunities in various aspects of research in mood disorders across the lifespan (children through age 80 years) including related to brain circuitry from neuroimaging analysis (structural, functional, diffusion-weighted MRI), behavior and mood and related symptoms, and factors that may influence brain circuitry such as early life stress and genetics. Strong computer skills a plus. Experience with imaging and statistical software preferable. Longer time with lab also prefered.Depends on study aspect8 minimumat least 2 preferredhilary.blumberg@yale.edu
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Fall 2018, and Spring 2019Social NoBrian Bink (PI: Professor Margaret Clark). Yale Relationships Science LaboratoryAre you interested in understanding relationships and what can be done to improve them? Do you want to learn about the ins-and-outs of research, including creating, running, and analyzing studies? And, do you want to work on research that has the potential to improve relationships, increase life-satisfaction, and improve one’s well-being? If these questions excite you, than I encourage you to apply for one of our open research assistant positions at the Clark Relationship Science Laboratory at Yale University. This opportunity is available to volunteers and students requiring course credit, and requires a minimum of 8 hours per week. Working with participants, recruiting participants, analyzing data, literature searches, discussing theories and ideas, planning and preparations for future studiesMinimum of 8 hours per week1 requiredContact Brian.bink@yale.edu
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Fall 2018 and BeyondDevelopmentalYesNoDrs. Marc Brackett and Christina Cipriano: Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence(To see our full AD please click on the text in this cell) The Social and Emotional Developmental Benchmarks Project This project aims to establish empirically-supported developmental benchmarks and tools for assessing children’s social-emotional skills from pre-K through 12th grade. In support of this aim, we are developing a valid, reliable, and practical set of performance-based assessments of children’s social and emotional skills for use in pre-K through 12th-grade. Undergraduate RA’s will be involved in multiple aspects of research (dependent on number of semesters committed). Duties may include, but are not limited to: Reviewing literature on emotion regulation strategy development and social-emotional skill assessments
Coding survey data
Assisting in assessment development and pilot testing
Collecting child and adolescent data in school settings (Spring 2019 and beyond)
Attending weekly meetings
10 Hours a WeekAt Least 1 Semester (A multiple semester commitment is preferred)Please E-mail your application (click on the text in this cell for the application) and most recent unofficial transcript to alexandra.p.harrison@yale.edu
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Fall 2018 and BeyondDevelopmentalYesNoDrs. Marc Brackett and Christina Cipriano: Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence(To see our full AD please click on the text in this cell) School Climate Assessment Project: This project is developing a novel, interactive, valid, reliable, and practical app that measures school climate through the student lens and promotes student voice.Undergraduate RA’s will be involved in multiple aspects of research (dependent on number of semesters committed). Duties may include, but are not limited to:
Reviewing literature on the construction of school climate and school climate indicators and interventions
Coding survey data
Assisting in assessment pilot testing
Collecting child and adolescent data in school settings
Attending weekly meetings
10 Hours a WeekAt Least 1 Semester (A multiple semester commitment is preferred)Please E-mail your application (click on the text in this cell for the application) and most recent unofficial transcript to alexandra.p.harrison@yale.edu
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Fall 2018 and BeyondDevelopmentalYesNoDrs. Marc Brackett and Christina Cipriano: Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence(To see our full AD please click on the text in this cell) The Momentary Emotion Assessment Project: This project is using Experience Sampling Methodology (ESM) to benchmark student emotions throughout the school day and developing a new app-based resource for intervention, providing students with in-the-moment skills to effectively regulate their emotions. Undergraduate RA’s will be involved in multiple aspects of research (dependent on number of semesters committed). Duties may include, but are not limited to:
Reviewing literature on emotion regulation skills and experience sampling methodology
Assisting in assessment pilot testing
Collecting child and adolescent data in school settings
Attending weekly meetings
10 Hours a WeekAt Least 1 Semester (A multiple semester commitment is preferred)Please E-mail your application (click on the text in this cell for the application) and most recent unofficial transcript to alexandra.p.harrison@yale.edu
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Fall 2018-Spring 2019DevelopmentalYesNoThe Mind & Development Lab, PI: Dr. Paul Bloom, Researchers: Various, Psychology DepartmentThe research carried out in this lab explores the nature of language and thought, primarily from a developmental perspective. Some of our main interests include: moral reasoning and moral action in babies, children, and adults; empathy, the common sense conception of the self, etc. We work with children ages 4 to 9 years old. Please visit our website for more information: minddevlab.yale.eduInterns will work closely with lab researchers on new and ongoing studies, participating fully in all aspects of the research process. Interns will become familiar with experimental methods used in child studies, and will immediately become involved in recruiting and testing participants, designing and setting up studies. They will also attend a weekly lab meeting where we discuss the theoretical motivation for our studies, experimental data, and relevant research findings from other labs.8-10 hours (Flexible) We work around your schedule2 semesters requiredPlease email the lab manager: alexa.sacchi@yale.edu
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Fall 2018 and beyondClinical, NeuroscienceYesYesThe Fundamentals of the Adolescent Brain (FAB) Lab, PI: Dr. BJ Casey, Psychology DepartmentThe FAB Lab is part of a large national study, the Adolescent Brain and Cognitve Development (ABCD) Study that is following the brain development and cognitive and health outcomes in over 10,000 9-10 year old children over the next 10 years. Interested undergraduate students at Yale will have the opportunity to be involved in this study and work with the FAB Lab team and over 600 of these youth in the CT and NY area. Research assistants will have the opportunity to see many stages of the study including scheduling, screenings, neurocognitive assessment, biospecimen collection, MRI data collection, quality assurance, processing and back-up. Prior experience working with MRI (e.g., in a research methods class or in a lab) is preferred but not required. Experience with computer programming (UNIX, bash, R, python, or matlab) preferred but not required. This position is ideal for students with an interest in human neuroscience including affective, clinical, cognitive and developmental neuroscience.A least 10 hours per week2 semesters requiredPlease email the PI at BJ.Casey@yale.edu
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