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Course Credit Option Y/NDescriptionPaidDutiesAverage weekly commitmentsMinimum Required SemestersContact
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Fall and Spring 2022YesLeonard Learning Lab (PI: Julia Leonard)The Leonard Learning Lab, led by Professor Julia Leonard, is seeking undergraduate research assistants to start during the Fall 2022 semester. RAs will be directly involved in running studies that further our understanding of children's persistence, motivation, and learning. Find more information at https://learninglab.yale.edu/interested-joining-our-lab or reach out to Melissa Santos (melissa.santos@yale.edu).Yes (for eligible students after 1 sem)Research assistants are responsible for conducting studies with infants, children, and teenagers, interacting with parents and guardians, supporting research and stimuli design, doing data management and simple analysis, and actively participating in lab meetings. Each RA is paired with a mentor in the lab: either a graduate student, postdoc, or the lab manager.8-10 hrs/wk, including in-person testing at local schools and museums on weekdays and weekends1 (2 preferred)To apply, please send the following materials to lab manager Melissa Santos at melissa.santos@yale.edu.

1. Resume/CV (.docx or .pdf)
2. Cover Letter (1 paragraph stating why you want to work in the lab and any relevant experiences you want to highlight)
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Fall 2022 and beyondYCognitive and Computational Neuroscience Lab (PI: Marvin Chun)The Chun Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience Lab is considering applications from Yale undergraduate students as research assistants, research analysts, or senior essay advisees. Students may be jointly mentored by Dr. Marvin Chun, Dr. Yaoda Xu, and Dr. Ray Yoo.Yes, after a term of experienceResearch assistants I: Help recruit, screen, and scan participants in the Brain Imaging Center MRI facility. Also help with behavioral testing. Training will be provided.
Research assistants II (analysts): Help analyze fMRI data and develop computational models. Background in computer programming and statistics is required.
Senior essay students: A limited number of spots are available for seniors who are seeking an adviser in neuroscience, psychology, or cognitive science. Priority will be given to students pursuing empirical projects with relevant expertise.
8 or more hours2Please e-mail your resume and informal transcript to marvin.chun@yale.edu. Subject line: "Your research opportunity posting".
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Anytime, but applications are reviewed on a first come first served basis and we may stop reviewing applications if our lab is at capacity. We recommend applying 2 weeks before any given semester begins.Dr. Yarrow Dunham, Associate Professor of PsychologyThe Social Cognitive Development Lab is seeking enthusiastic and motivated research assistants to help with various lab projects. Our lab is broadly interested in how children think about the social world. Current questions include (but are not limited to) how do children think about existing inequalities in the world? How do children understand institutional objects, like money? What do children think of individuals who switch social groups?NoResearch assistants will recruit and run online child participants. They will also be assigned to a senior researcher mentor (lab manager, graduate student, or postdoctoral fellow) who will help them develop higher level research skills such as data analysis and literature review. Our lab is a unique place for mentorship as we have several graduate students looking at a large range of topics.At least 5 hours, preferred 8-102Please reach out to Mackenzie Briscoe at mackenzie.briscoe@yale.edu with your resume by email. We also recommend reading our most recent publications to learn about our current work. Please mention research you found particularly interesting in your email.
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Fall 2021 and beyondPAID or Course creditImplicit Social Cognition Lab (PI: Dr. Melissa Ferguson)LAB MANAGER POSITION: Part time paid position (10-15 hrs/week) to start Fall 2021.

RA POSITIONS: We are also currently looking for RAs to become involved in our research that spans social and cognitive psychology. We study the role of implicit cognition in memory updating, prejudice, self-control, and persuasion. See the website for more details and contact Professor Ferguson (melissa.ferguson@yale.edu) for an application.
YES for Lab Manager position, but Course credit only for RAsLAB MANAGER: Oversight and management of RAs, research studies, lab members, lab meetings, and lab communication. Will work closely with the PI to coordinate and support all lab activities. RA POSITIONS: Will be trained to oversee research studies and will work with graduate students and postdocs and the PI to help conduct research, including running participants through experiments, helping to design and trouble-shoot experiments, occasional help with coding data, and participating in lab meetings.LAB MANAGER: ~10 hours per week on average. RA POSITIONS: anything between 5-12 hours per week depending on course creditPlease see www.fergusonlab.com under "Join the lab" tab and see instructions for RAs, including an application. The lab manager application is posted there as well. Please contact PI (melissa.ferguson@yale.edu) with any questions.
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Fall 2019 onwardNoLab: 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 faculty, graduate students, and postdocs to be better teachers. ***Here are some of the topics we study: active learning, student interest/motivation, growth mindset, student engagement, student trust, academic performance, teacher training, and more!Yes ($14.25/hr)You will have the opportunity to learn about and engage in many of 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 full position listing here. For more information & to apply (by sending resume) contact Julia Gill: julia.gill@yale.edu.
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Spring 2022 and beyondPossiiblyChild Study Center - Drs. Chin Reyes and Brooke RumperThe Climate of Healthy Interactions for Learning and Development (CHILD®) Tool is a research-based, evidence-informed measurement tool that assesses the quality of interactions in early childcare and education settings (generally birth-age 5). Currently we have a plethora of videos and pictures that need to be coded for content.

The CHILD Team is looking for students to assist with qualitative data coding using the CHILD Tool. Coders will be trained in use of the CHILD Tool. Following certification, coders will be asked to score videos/photos using the CHILD Tool and code for other designated indicators. Coders will also code for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) content for each video.

The student worker will also be asked to assist with other tasks.

The job end date is 5/11/22 (with possibility of renewal contingent on funding and job performance).

Read more on the CHILD Tool: childscale.org
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Students with be trained on the use of the CHILD Tool and once certified, duties will include:
-Assist with qualitative data coding (e.g., content analysis of data, converting alphanumeric data into numeric data using videos, transcripts, etc.) using the CHILD Tool.
-Students/coders will be given online access to a collection of photos and/or videos, which they will score using the CHILD Tool and code for other designated indicators.
-Code for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) content for each video.
-Assist with other tasks as assigned (e.g., Data cleaning and organization, literature reviews, etc.).

Requirements:
-The student worker must have strong organizational skills, the ability to work independently.
-Spanish fluency is preferred as is a background or interest in Education, Early Childhood, Developmental Psychology or related area.
-Work must take place on campus at 310 Prospect Street.
8-15 hours per week1Please email Brooke Rumper (brooke.rumper@yale.edu) with your CV/resume and a brief description as to why you are interested in this position.
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Spring 2022 and Fall 2022YesBrian Scholl (Perception & Cognition Lab)See: https://perception.yale.edu/Brian/misc/jobs.htmlYesSee https://perception.yale.edu/Brian/misc/jobs.html~ 10 hours / week1See: https://perception.yale.edu/Brian/misc/jobs.html
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Fall 2020 onwardYesBJ 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. YesThese 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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Fall 2020 & BeyondYesFundamentals of the Adolescent Brain (FAB) Lab (PI: Professor BJ Casey)The FAB Lab is seeking highly motivated undergraduates interested in cognitive, clinical, developmental or social neuroscience to assist with the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study. The ABCD Study is the largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the United States. By following more than 11,000 children over 10 years as they go through adolescence, the ABCD Study is well-positioned to answer a number of questions about the developing brain and the many childhood experiences that shape social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth. Questions that will be addressed include: How does screen time affect social and brain development? Can sports injuries cause brain damage? How do sleep patterns affect academic achievement? What are the long-term effects of ADHD medications on academics and health? Does drinking coffee or energy drinks have negative effects on children? How does tobacco or alcohol use affect learning and health? Are there extracurricular activities or other experiences that help children do better in school and be happier in life?YesResearch assistants will be full members of the lab, and included in all aspects of the research projects. Opportunities depend on interest, experience, skills, availability and the lab’s needs. Responsibilities may include phone recruitment, interacting with ABCD parents and children, literature searches, assisting with scanning sessions, and data management, including potential opportunities to assist with analysis and presentation of data.10 hours per week2BJ.Casey@Yale.edu. Please include in your email your major, year, research experience and experience working with children, parents or families and CV/resume
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Fall 2020 and beyondYes (and volunteers)Dr. Nicholas Turk-Browne (PI: Professor, Psychology)The Turk-Browne lab is interested in how we see (perception), how we control what we see and how it controls us (attention), and how we store what we see in our heads (learning and memory). We use a combination of behavioral, neuroscientific, and computational approaches. These include psychophysics, eye tracking, fMRI, intracranial recording, and machine learning. We use these techniques to answer questions about adult cognition and how it develops in infants (e.g., why we can’t remember anything from early in life).YesInfant research: helping with recruitment, contacting/meeting families, data collection, video coding, and basic data analysis; applicant must be comfortable with young children.

Adult research: assisting with ongoing studies, including data collection and analysis; possibility of (eventually) conducting independent research; programming and statistical experience desirable and a willingness to learn essential.
8-10 hours per week (decided with advisor depending on duties)2If interested in the position, please contact Jonathan at jonathan.daniels@yale.edu with a CV and your availability to meet.
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Fall 2021 and beyondNoDr. Richard Aslin (LLAMB Lab)
The Language Learning and Multisensory Brain (LLAMB) Lab studies how infants’ brains and minds grow as they learn to process their world. We use neuroimaging (i.e. EEG, fNIRS, fMRI) and eye tracking methods to see how children think, learn, and make decisions. Questions that we are interested include: how do babies recognize objects and produce their first words? How do babies make decisions based on their experiences?YesResearch assistants will have the opportunity to be involved in many aspects of the research process, including: scoring video recordings of infant eye movements, assisting with eye-tracking and neuroimaging (fNIRS and EEG) data collection, database management, conducting behavioral experiments, and participant scheduling.
6-8 hours / week1 requiredPlease email Abby Laver (abigail.laver@yale.edu) and Isabel Nichoson (isabel.nichoson@yale.edu) with your CV/resume, as well as a brief paragraph describing why you would like to work in the lab and any previous research experience.
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Fall 2022 and beyondYesProfessor Julian Jara-Ettinger (PI), Computational Social Cognition LabOur goal is to understand the structure of mental state representations, to formalize the computations that allow people to infer each other’s thoughts, and to build human-like machine social intelligence. Our research is driven by an engineering philosophy: if we really understand how something works, we should be able to build it. To this end, we build computational models that allow us to ensure that our theories are coherent, precise, and falsifiable.

In tandem to our computational research, our lab has a heavy experimental focus in developmental research. We are particularly interested in understanding the building blocks of social cognition. Our developmental studies explore how young children learn to think about other people’s minds, as well as how this capacity forms the bedrock of human activities like language, fairness, and the social transmission of abstract concepts. To learn more please see our website here: https://compdevlab.yale.edu/
YesResearch assistants will work closely with graduate students and the lab manager in all aspects of our research projects: from study design and theory development, to ongoing online data collection. Students interested in developmental work will primarily work on recruiting families, scheduling, and conducting online Zoom studies with children. Students interested in computational modelling will primarily work on developing models. Thus, computationally focused students are expected to have two semesters of CS coursework, and to be proficient in at least one of the following languages: R, Python, or Javascript. Students interested in developmental work are expected to have some experience with children (either siblings/relatives, babysitting, as a camp counselor, or other experiences)

Additionally, all students are allowed and encouraged to attend our weekly lab meetings and participate in reading group discussions if the topic is of interest to them.
8-10 hours per week (flexible)1 required, 2 preferredContact the lab manager at mackenzie.briscoe@yale.edu with an unofficial transcript, which area you would be interested in focusing on, and a general description of your research interests. if you have a CV/resume, please attach it as well. If you do not, the above will be sufficient.
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Fall 2021 + Spring 2022NoDr. John Pachankis, School of Public Health, Yale LGBTQ+ Mental Health InitiativeOur lab studies LGBTQ mental health and ways to improve it. We conduct public health research and clinical trials to better understand LGBTQ mental health in the US and around the world. Our current trials test the efficacy of online treatments for LGBTQ young people's depression and suicidality. We are also conducting several studies that seek to understand factors that influence LGBTQ people's mental health in childhood, in families, and in their communities. Learn more here: https://medicine.yale.edu/lgbtqmentalhealth/projects/ YesRAs will join a vibrant team of researchers based in New Haven and New York City devoted to understanding and improving LGBTQ mental health. RAs will support lab staff, grad students and postdocs with ongoing lab projects, including recruitment, retention and administration of an online psychotherapy trial for LGBTQ young people. Opportunities also available to support a project focused on racism and allyship among gay men, where RAs can support the creation of IRB protocols, Qualtrics surveys, participant recruitment and data monitoring. Students with an interest in LGBTQ mental health, body image, and clinical implications of body image concerns are encouraged to contact us, as there is also an opportunity to support an experimental study on gay community stress and body image among sexual minority men. Tasks for this project may include, but are not limited to, reviewing existing literature, compiling sections of an IRB protocol, recruitment efforts, online survey design, and data collection. Additional projects focused on social-cognitive personality psychology, rejection sensitivity, longitudinal and latent variable modeling may also have opportunities for RA support, if interests and skills align. RAs might be required to travel to NYC periodically, but this is flexible. Since this position will be largely remote, independence, self-motivation and attention to detail are highly valued. 8-10 hours/week (flexible); attendance at weekly lab meetings at the NYC office (ideal but flexible); position will largely involve remote work1 required, 2 preferredPlease send your CV and/or summary of relevant experience to kriti.behari@yale.edu
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Spring 2021 and beyondYesProfessor Julian Jara-Ettinger (PI), Computational Social Cognition LabWe would like specific help with a unique ongoing project: building a model of metacognition of vision. As humans, we sometimes encounter visual illusions — situations where are percepts distort reality. Often, we’re able to realize it when we’re experiencing an illusion; when we see a mirage on a highway, we probably recognize it and say that “our eyes are playing tricks on us.” This ability to recognize false percepts is something that humans have, and AI visual systems lack. We think that this ability comes from being able to represent and think about our own percepts.

Here’s where you come in: we have a model of metacognition that we want to test with a bunch of different artificial visual systems like Detectron2, YOLO, etc.. We need someone to help with setting up the off-the-shelf systems and testing them on custom datasets that you’ll also help us develop. You’ll get experience using state-of-the-art artificial neural networks and putting together a dataset of images and videos to test them on. You’ll also get individualized mentorship from a PhD student and training in cognitive modeling. If you’re interested in work at the intersection of AI and cognitive science, please apply!
YesDuties include: setting up the off-the-shelf artificial visual systems (like Detectron2),
testing them on custom datasets, and helping build these custom dataselts which may involve lightly processing / editing images and videos.
~10 hours per week1 required, 2 preferredContact marlene.berke@yale.edu with your CV and background in programming/psychology
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Fall 2021 and beyondNoLanguage, Learning, and Multisensory Brain (LLAMB) Lab
Co-PI: Dr. David Lewkowicz (Haskins Labs)
The Language, Learning, and Multisensory Brain (LLAMB) lab at Haskins Laboratories is seeking highly motivated undergraduates looking to acquire research experience in developmental science. The work is conducted by senior scientist Dr. David Lewkowicz. The focus of this lab's research is on the development of speech, language, and the underlying perceptual, attentional, and cognitive mechanisms that enable infants and young children to process, understand, and acquire speech and language.

For more information, please visit our website: https://llamblab.haskins.yale.edu/
YesResearch assistants will have the opportunity to participate in all phases of the research. Opportunities will depend on the student’s interests, skills, prior experience with infant and child testing, availability, and the lab’s needs. Research assistants will be involved in various lab activities, including infant and child recruitment, testing of participants in the lab and at museums, data management, and stimulus design.8-10 hours/week, with some weekend hours possible1 required, but priority will be given to students able to commit to 2 or more For more information or if you have any questions, please email Rachel Nelson at rachel.nelson.rn433@yale.edu with the subject line "LLAMB Lab Undergraduate RA Inquiry"



To apply, please email your CV and a brief statement of your research interests to Rachel Nelson at rachel.nelson.rn433@yale.edu with the subject line "LLAMB Lab Undergraduate RA Application"
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Fall 2021 and beyondYesThe work in our lab focuses on understanding cigarette and e-cigarette use among youth and adults to inform tobacco prevention, treatment, and public policy. Ongoing projects include studies examining smartphone apps and mobile technology treatments for smoking, studying how cigarette and e-cigarette flavors influence use, and identifying ways to improve tobacco treatment. For more information, please contact: krysten.bold@yale.eduYesResearch assistants will have the opportunity to be involved in all phases of the research. Opportunities will depend on the student's interest, skills, and the lab's need in ongoing studies. Activities include recruiting participants, conducting interviews, data collection and management. There are opportunities to be involved in preparing conference presentations and publications.Flexible, 4-10 hours possible1 required, but priority will be given to students able to commit to 2 or more
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Fall 2020 + Spring 2021Profs. Fred Sigworth (Physiology, BME, MB&B) and Hemant Tagare (Diagnostic Imaging, BME)YesUnder the guidance of Profs. Sigworth and Tagare, research assistants will develop small computer programs to simulate key steps in electron-microscope image formation, and to simulate steps in the subsequent processing of EM images for 3D structure determination. They will use these programs to create video animations for incorporation into a video lecture series. If desired, research assistants may participate in the instructional videos and in Yale's MBB/CMP710b course directly.//1 required, more preferredEmail to fred.sigworth@yale.edu
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Fall 2020 and beyondNoDr. Roger Jou's lab (Yale Child Study Center)Our lab is a part of the Yale Child Study Center, a leading institution in autism research. We conduct various studies involving genetics and pharmaceutical clinical trials for children and adults living with autism spectrum disorders. We also are engaged with many community outreach initiatives, and manage an on-line and in-person social community of indivuals living with autism and their families.YesIntern responsibilities involve assisting in the research process for current studies, including subject recruitment and data collection procedures. Individuals will work with families in a research, clinical, and community context and have additional opportuntities for clinical shadowing and mentoring an individual living with ASD.5-10 hrs a week, with weekend/ night hours available2 preferredPlease email hope.koene@yale.edu a copy of your CV and a short paragraph explaining your interests in our lab and relevant skills.
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Fall 2020 and onwardYes (and volunteers)Dr. Craig Bailey (PI: Associate Research Scientist, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence) The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (http://ei.yale.edu) is hiring part-time and full-time research assistants! Dr. Craig Bailey are seeking highly motivated part-time
undergraduates and recent graduates to fill part-time and full-time (RA) positions in a large, five-year grant funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (R305A180293)
to test the efficacy of RULER, an approach to social and emotional learning, in preschools across Connecticut. All positions focus on data collection and begin Spring 2019. Applications will continue to be welcomed throughout the duration of the project. Both positions require a minimum 3.0 GPA and are contingent on passing applicable background checks.
YesAvailable for school visits in the morning • A commitment of 10 hours a week (minimum) • Multi-semester commitment is preferred, but not required • Preferred experience working with children and/or in schools http://ei.yale.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Yale_YCEI_RA-Flyer.pdf~10 hours/week2 preferredplease submit a (1) letter of interest, (2) CV/resume, and (3) 3 references to the principle investigator, Dr. Bailey: craig.bailey@yale.edu.
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Fall 2020 + Spring 2021YesDrs. Marc Brackett and Christina Cipriano: Yale Center for Emotional IntelligenceThe Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, under the leadership of Drs. Brackett, Cipriano, Hoffmann, Willner, Pringle, Floman, and Bailey, is seeking high motivated undergraduates to fulfill undergraduate research positions in a large multi-year, investigations to develop a suite of tools, strategies, and data points to assess the emotional health of schools, study and improve RULER, and study creativity in the school and workplace. Interest in emotional intelligence, developmental psychology, school culture, and health preferred. Experience working with schools is a bonus.YesUndergraduate 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 Minimum of 5 hours/week commitment (10 hours/week commitment preferred)At least 1 semester (A multiple semester commitment is preferred)To apply, please send a letter of interest, CV/resume, and two references to Linda Torv, Program Manager, Research at linda.torv@yale.edu
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Fall 2020 onwardYesDr. 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.YesResponsibilities 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 2021 and beyondPAID (course credit option after 1 semester in lab)Leonard Learning Lab (PI: Julia Leonard)The Leonard Learning Lab, led by Professor Julia Leonard, is seeking 2 undergraduate research assistants to start during the Fall 2021 semester. RAs will be directly involved in running studies that further our understanding of children's persistence, motivation, and learning. Find more information at https://dev.learninglab.yale.edu/interested-joining-our-lab or reach out to Melissa Santos (melissa.santos@yale.edu).YResearch assistants are responsible for conducting studies with infants, children, and teenagers, interacting with parents and guardians, supporting research and stimuli design, doing data management and simple analysis, and actively participating in lab meetings. Each RA is paired with a mentor in the lab: either a graduate student, postdoc, or the lab manager.8-10 hours/wk1To apply, please send the following materials to lab manager Melissa Santos at melissa.santos@yale.edu.

1. Resume/CV (.docx or .pdf)
2. Cover Letter (1 paragraph stating why you want to work in the lab and any relevant experiences you want to highlight)
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Fall 2020, Spring 2021NDr. Joan Monin, Associate Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences), Social Gerontology and Health LabThe Social Gerontology and Health Lab is a research lab at the Yale School of Public Health. Our goal is to understand how support and interpersonal emotion regulation processes protect caregivers and their partners. We also seek ways to minimize the negative consequences of caregiving, and improve the quality of life and health of caregivers and their partners. We are seeking highly motivated Spanish-speaking Yale undergraduate students looking to gain research experience in social and health psychology and who will help with our Families Coping Together with Alzheimer’s Disease Study (FACT-AD).YResearch assistants will be members of the lab, and will have the opportunity to work directly with participants, help run sessions in Spanish, and help translate study materials and data. RAs must be available throughout the school year, and on some weekends to run participants. RAs will also help recruit for the study.8-12 hours a week (flexible); Weekend hours may be available1 required, 2 preferredTo learn more or apply for a position, please contact Dr. Monin at joan.monin@yale.edu with your CV/Resume.
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Fall 2020, onwardNDr. Joan Monin, Associate Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences), Social Gerontology and Health LabThe Social Gerontology and Health Lab is a research lab at the Yale School of Public Health. Our goal is to understand how support and interpersonal emotion regulation processes protect caregivers and their partners. We also seek ways to minimize the negative consequences of caregiving, and improve the quality of life and health of caregivers and their partners. We are seeking highly motived Yale undergraduate students looking to gain research experience in social and health psychology and who will help with transcription and qualitative coding of audiotaped interviews from our Daily Stress Reduction Intervention for Spouses of Persons with Early Stage Dementia.YResearch assistants will be members of the lab, and will help transcribe audiotaped interviews of spouses receiving training with our stress reduction program and talking about their experience as a spouse of a person with early stage dementia. Ras will also be invited to be part of the qualitative coding team. RAs must be available throughout the school year to come into the lab. Hours are flexible.8-12 hours a week (flexible); Weekend hours may be available1 required, 2 preferredTo learn more or apply for a position, please contact Dr. Monin at joan.monin@yale.edu with your CV/Resume.
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OngoingVolunteer or Course CreditTeen Power, PI: Dr. Janet LydeckerWe develop new treatments for adolescents with eating disorders and weight concerns. We also have projects related to parenting, child mental health, and weight stigma. Website: http://m.yale.edu/teenpower, instagram @yaleteenpower VolunteerOur undergraduate research interns help with day-to-day study tasks and social media outreach. The research assistant may have the option of working with patients, shadowing clinical psychologists, and gaining additional research training, including participating in weekly meetings and working on collaborative and/or independent research projects.8-12 hours per week.2 preferredPlease send a CV/resume and brief statement of interest to Dr Lydecker (janet.lydecker@yale.edu).
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Fall 2020, Spring 2021PossiblyJordon White, Ph.D- Postdoctoral Researcher under Arie Kaffman, MD PhD Department of Psychiatry- Contact Dr. Jordon WhiteThe Kaffman lab is seeking Yale undergraduate interested in investigating the how early-life stress alters developmental trajectories. We approach this topic using molecular, behavioral, and imaging techniques in the rodent. The project we are currently recruiting for will involve identifying and characterizing changes in various cell populations of this hippocampus following early-life stress. The broad goal of this work is to understand how stress impacts the microenvironment of the hippocampus and how this can alter brain development and affect changes in adult emotional and cognitive processing.VolunteerWe expect research assistants to be involved in most aspects of the project. This may include experiment planning, animal handling, behavioral testing, histology, and various molecular techniques. Involvement will vary depending on time available, and the interests of the candidate. You would also be welcome at the Kaffman lab meetings should you be free during that time period (2ndWednesdays of the month 4-5pm).10 hrs per week minimum. This can include some weekend time if that works for you.2 preferred (could include the summer)Please submit CV/resume and a brief statement of interest to jordon.white@yale.edu
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Spring 2022 and beyond.Yes, and potential for PAID Summer Internships beginning in 2022Dr. Amanda M. Dettmer, Associate Research Scientist at Yale Child Study CenterThe Human & Animal Integrated Research (HAIR) Lab studies how variable early life experiences, from prenatal through early childhood, shape individual differences in risk or resilience to chronic stress and associated health outcomes across the lifespan. Taking a comparative approach, this research is carried out in humans and in non-human primate models.Potential for PAID Summer Internships beginning in 2022No previous experience necessary. You will have the opportunity to learn about and engage in the following research activities:

Human research: Recruit participants for studies; Collect data such as hair samples and demographic/behavioral data; process and analyze hair samples for hormones. Primate research: Score videos of nonhuman primate behaviors for later data analysis; prepare biological specimens for assay/analysis; analyze biological samples; manage research study databases; Both types of research: Participate in lab meetings and journal clubs; Analyze quantitative and qualitative data; Review relevant background research/literature; Summarize and present research findings at a lab/journal club meetings, university events, conferences, etc.; Co-author scientific publications emanating from research.
8-10 hours/weekprefer 2+Please fill out this brief application and e-mail it along with your resume to Dr. Dettmer at amanda.dettmer@yale.edu.
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Spring 2022 and beyondResearch creditAddiction Lab (PI: Li/Le)Our lab is looking for undergraduate research assistants to help with data collection for an fMRI study examining the relationship between the neural responses to pain and alcohol addiction. We investigate the brain processes underlying acute pain reactivity and use such processes, along with physiological and behavioral metrics, to predict drinking trajectory and relapse. RAs can expect to work directly with human subjects, handle data on computers, and be detail oriented. The position offers valuable hands-on research experience, thus particularly ideal for those who consider grad or med school following their undergraduate studies.No. Research credits onlyThe responsibility for the position includes recruitment of drinkers in the local areas, support with data collection (fMRI and clinical assessments), and data management. The RAs will have additional opportunities to learn fMRI technique (e.g., processing and analysis) as well as the brain functions involving pain and addiction. ~6 hours/week. We accommodate flexible hours and workload to minimize conflicts with the RAs’ other academic responsibilities. Working remotely is not available for this position.2For inquiries, please contact the PI at thang.le@yale.edu or 203-974-7360
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Spring 2022 and beyondResearch creditKober Lab (PI: Hedy Kober)Research interns can focus in 3 areas: data analysis; task coding; and clinical interviewing. Students focusing on clinical interviewing will learn tools for psychiatric assessment in order to screen potential study participants for our research programs. As part of this experience, students will participate in weekly clinical interviewing trainings to develop nuanced skills in this area. We are seeking applicants with strong interpersonal skills, independent motivation and accountability, and a collaborative work ethic. Previous laboratory/science experience is not required. Interns must work at least 8 hours a week and make a semester-long commitment.No (Research credit available)Research assistants will be full members of the lab, and included in all aspects of the reward learning and decision-making projects. Opportunities depend on interest, experience, skills, availability and the lab’s needs. Responsibilities may include phone recruitment, interacting with participants (including substance users and healthy controls), literature searches, assisting with scanning sessions, and data management, including potentially analysis and presentation of behavioral and fMRI data, and opportunities to assist with meta-analysis, as well as ongoing lab projects on the regulation of craving.10 hours/week, more hours available during summer1, 2 preferredJessica.Mollick@Yale.edu and Hedy.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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AnytimeYesAffect Regulation and Cognition Lab (PI: Dr. Jutta Joormann; supervised by Wisteria Deng)What makes someone believe in conspiracy theories? Why is it so hard to change people’s mind? Join us to study the cognitive and affective factors underlying belief inflexibility, especially in relation to psychiatric conditions such as depression and psychosis. This is also an excellent opportunity for people who are interested in the effects of minority stress (e.g., LGBTQ+ population) on belief inflexibility (e.g., internalized stigma) and mental health outcomes.No (possible with long-term commitment)Students will get to involve in the project in ways that serve them best: Depending on their preference, they will get to conduct lit review, help manage survey responses, collect data (extensive interaction with participants), and conduct their own analysis using rich existing datasets.Flexible: 5-20 hours a week; depends on the RA's preferences. Possible in-person data collection on weekends/evenings, but not required
Flexible (2 preferred)
wisteria.deng@yale.edu
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Fall 2021, with possibility of renewal contingent on funding and job performance.Yes (and volunteer)Leah Fleming, 4th year PhD student in Jane Taylor's lab in Molecular Psychiatry Deparment at YaleNo (although option for future paid summer internship if interested)Students will mostly assist with running the various behavioral paradigms, handling rats and immunohistochemistry procedures. 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 Psychiatry Department. 8 or more hours/week, and availability on weekends would be great. >1 preferredIf interested, please contact me (Leah) at leah.fleming@yale.edu with your CV/resume. I look forward to hearing from you!
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Fall 2019 and onwards. Interviews will be conducted with prospective students typically in the month prior to the start of the fall semester, or at the end of the fall semester if applying for a spring position. We advise you to reach out as soon as possible.Yes(PI: Dr. Laurie Santos); Comparative Cognition Lab, Canine Cognition LabAt the Center for Canine Cognition at Yale, we’re interested in how dogs think. Our studies explore what dogs know about the physical and social world. By presenting dogs with simple games, we can learn more about how they solve problems and understand how the world works.No Undergraduate research assistants will be involved in many aspects of research. We expect students to attend and participate in a weekly journal club style lab meeting, where we read recent papers and discuss how they relate to our work. In lab, research assistants help with coding of existing datasets, data collection with our visiting canine participants, and science communication with our existing subject dogs' owners6-10 hours/week1+Emily Richards (e.richards@yale.edu). View full position listing here: https://caplab.yale.edu/information-students/yale-undergraduate-research-assistant
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Spring 2019 and onwardVolunteer positionBrendan Hare ARS in the laboratory of Ronald Duman, Molecular Psychiatry DepartmentNoWe expect research assistants to be involved in all aspects of the project. This would include experiment planning, animal handling, behavioral testing, histology, various molecular techniques, and data analysis. Involvement will vary depending on time available, and the interests of the candidate. You would also be welcome at the Duman lab meeting should you be free during that time period (Monday 12-1pm). 8hrs/week. Weekends available1brendan.hare@yale.edu
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Summer 2017 - BeyondYesLi 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. NoResearch 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 2021 onward (virtual only)YesPree 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!NoResearch 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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OngoingCourse Credit Translational Brain Imaging program Our lab is open internship and honors theses experiences. We use imaging techniques (predominantly PET, but also fMRI, MRS, and EEG to investigate potential brain alterations associated with mood, trauma and suicidality across different age groups. We also examine sex differences and would like to start looking at gender differences. NoStudent would participate in all aspects of data collection including attending diagnostic and imaging sessions, as well as present data at conference if choose. 10 hrs minimum2Please contact PI at irina.esterlis@yale.edu
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Anytime, but applications are reviewed on a first come first served basis and we may stop reviewing applications if our lab is at capacity. We recommend applying 2 weeks before any given semester begins.N Dr. Paul Bloom, Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor Emeritus of Psychology & Cognitive ScienceThe Mind and Development Lab is seeking enthusiastic and motivated research assistants to help with various projects. Our lab is broadly interested in how children think about morality. What is right and what is wrong? Do other agents have the same moral status as humans?NoResearch assistants will recruit and run online child participants. They will also be assigned to a senior researcher mentor (lab manager, graduate student, or postdoctoral fellow) who will help them develop higher level research skills such as data analysis and literature review.At least 5 hours, preferred 8-102Please review our website and contact the graduate student with whom you would like to collaborate. To apply, send your resume and a short explanation of why you would like to join our lab by email. We also recommend reading our most recent publications to learn about our current work.
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Spring 2018 and beyondPossiblyAffect Regulation & Cognition Lab

PI: Dr. Jutta Joormann, Professor of Psychology

Supervisor: Ashleigh Rutherford
The goal of this project in the ARC lab at Yale is to better understand the mechanisms that contribute to experiences of diminished reward in depression. We combine a variety of methods in our lab, including EEG, eye-tracking, physiological measures, and computational psychiatry to answer these research questions. We are seeking highly motivated Yale undergraduate students looking to gain research experience in clinical psychology who will help primarily with data recruitment, collection, and analysis. Quantitative skills and coding experience is preferred, but not required. noResearch assistants are invited to ARC lab meetings (Thursdays at 9 during the semester), and may be included in all aspects of research, including, data collection, participant recruitment, literature review, and data analysis.5-10 hours weekly2Please email ashleigh.rutherford@yale.edu with your CV/Resume and a brief description of your interests in our work.
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Anytime!PossiblyDr. Uri Berger, postdoctoral associate working with Dr, Eli Lebowitz (child Study Center).We conduct clinical research in the assesment and treatment of failure to launch (FTL; able adults who remain dependent of their parents and don not leave home). Main areas of research include: studying factors that influence the development of FTL; developing and testing novel interventions to treat FTL; conducting randomized clinical trials; and developing and testing parent based treatments to treat FTL.NoStudents will be trained in the administration of psychological questionnaires to dependent adults; learn about statistical data analysis; learn about and administer novel approaches to assessing avoidance and anxiety; recruitment of research participants; attend research and clinical meetings with Program faculty and clinicians. Students also have the opportunity to develop a research project under the mentorship of Program faculty.10 hours2Please email your CV or resume to Uri Berger (uri.berger@yale.edu) and a brief description why you would like to get involved
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Spring 2020 onwardYesAnxiety and Mood Disorders Program at Yale Child Study Center; PIs: Wendy Silverman, Eli Lebowitz, Carla Marin, Uri BergerThe Anxiety and Mood Disorders Program is engaged in clinical research in the assesment and treatment of anxiety and related disorders in children and adolescents. Main areas of research include: studying familial factors that influence the development of childhood anxiety; identifying anxiety biomarkers; developing and testing novel interventions to treat social anxiety disorder; conducting randomized clinical trials; developing and testing parent based treatments to treat childhood anxiety and picky eating, and using neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, EEG) to identify mechanisms and targets. NoStudents will be trained in the administration of psychological questionnaires to children and adolescents; learn about statistical data analysis; learn about and administer novel approaches to assessing avoidance and anxiety; assist in the collection of saliva and blood samples; recruitment of research participants; attend research and clinical meetings with Program faculty and clinicians. Students also have the opportunity to develop a research project under the mentorship of Program faculty. 10 hours2Please email your CV or resume to Carla Marin (carla.marin@yale.edu) and a brief description why you would like to get involved in the Anxiety and Mood Disorders Program
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Spring 2022 onwardYesClinical & Affective Neuroscience Lab (Psychology, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Cog Sci), Child Study Center (David Saunders, MD, PhD, PI: Hedy Kober, PhD), Are you interested in mindfulness and/or meditation practice? Do you ever wonder how meditation could impact emotion or attention? Have you ever wondered how meditation works? If so, join our the lab to help studies on mindfulness practices in child, adolescent, and adult participants.


Previous research not required. This position is ideal for bright, engaged and interested students from all fields of study.
NoResearch 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.
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Spring 2020 and onwardsYesDr. 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.NoResearch 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 and madeline.notti@yale.edu
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Spring 2022 and beyondYesHedy Kober, Clinical & Affective Neuroscience Lab (Psychology, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Cog Sci)How strong is your craving for chocolate? Can you stop yourself from reaching for food or drugs/alcohol 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
NoThere 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 2021 and beyondYes The Cognitive & Neural Computation Lab (CNCL) works at the intersection of cognitive science, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence. We aim to elucidate biological computations underlying how we see, reason about, and interact with our physical environments. We approach this goal primarily with computational modeling, and we test these models empirically in behavioral and neural experiments to build toward an integrated account of neural function, cognitive processes, and behavior, in precise engineering terms.NoOur work cuts at the intersection of psychology, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence. Undergraduates in our lab work in tandem with the members of the lab at all stages of research projects, including designing experiments, building computational models, and testing these models in behavioral data and neural activity. Multiple projects in computational modeling of higher-level perception and cognition are open. 10 hours2If you are interested, please email the PI (ilker.yildirim@yale.edu) with your up to date CV and a summary description of your research interests.
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Spring 2021 and beyondYesImplicit Social Cognition Lab (PI: Dr. Melissa Ferguson)The Implicit Social Cognition Lab is currently looking for research assistants to become involved in our research that spans social and cognitive psychology. We study the role of implicit cognition in memory updating, prejudice, self-control, and persuasion. See the website for more details.NoAll work is remote for Spring 2021. RAs will work with graduate students and postdocs on all aspects of independent research. For Spring 2021, this will involve helping with research ideas, study design and testing, stimuli development, and data coding. RAs will attend lab meetings. 5-10 hours per week2In you are interested, please contact the PI for an application
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AnytimeYes (first semester volunteer, all subsequent with the option for course credit)Cognition and Development Lab (PI: Dr. Frank Keil)We are looking for a motivated RA to work closely with a graduate student on several projects comparing people’s beliefs about (1) information flow in social networks and (2) group collaboration with empirical findings. Our experiments ask participants to make decisions and judgements about familiar scenarios. As a cognitive development lab, we study how the mind works by looking at how humans make sense of the world in early childhood; thus, we’re interested in applicants majoring or interested in majoring in cognitive science or psychology, but also any students interested in how the mind works and motivated to gain research experience. If this sounds like you, apply! (and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!)NoThe RA will help develop stimuli (writing vignettes, creating visuals) and setting up online surveys using Qualtrics. Since we’re frequently interested in the differences between children’s and adult’s responses, we try to design experiments with adults to be understandable to children as well. Much of this work will require using the following software: Qualtrics, R, Excel, Powerpoint and/or Keynote, Photoshop. Prior experience with any of these will be helpful, but we primarily value your motivation, creativity, responsibility, and attention to detail; we’ll teach you to use software as necessary if you have not used them before. Preferred 8-10 hours per week2Please reach out to Emory Richardson, at emory.richardson@yale.edu
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Spring 2020 and BeyondYesrick Crouse, 4th year PhD student in Marina Picciotto's lab in Molecular Psychiatry Department (lab above med school Blue State)We are looking for a motivated RA to work closely with a graduate student on several projects comparing people’s beliefs about (1) information flow in social networks and (2) group collaboration with empirical findings. Our experiments ask participants to make decisions and judgements about familiar scenarios. As a cognitive development lab, we study how the mind works by looking at how humans make sense of the world in early childhood; thus, we’re interested in applicants majoring or interested in majoring in cognitive science or psychology, but also any students interested in how the mind works and motivated to gain research experience. If this sounds like you, apply! (and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!)NoResearch assistants will be full members of the lab, and included in all aspects of the reward learning and decision-making projects. Opportunities depend on interest, experience, skills, availability and the lab’s needs. Responsibilities may include phone recruitment, interacting with participants (including substance users and healthy controls), literature searches, assisting with scanning sessions, and data management, including potentially analysis and presentation of behavioral and fMRI data, and opportunities to assist with meta-analysis, as well as ongoing lab projects on the regulation of craving.10 hours per week (or more)1 (2 or more preferred)Please fill out the following application and follow the instructions at the top of the qualtrics page.
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MaybeAffect Regulation and Cognition Lab (PI: Dr. Jutta Joormann)NoStudents will join data collection on a IRB-approved study about interpersonal emotion regulation. You will help with pilot testing, recruitment, interaction with participants, and possibly with data analysis. No prior experience is required, however you need to be highly motivated and reliable. There are opportunities to work with other graduate students in the lab as well as to join our lab meetings. 3-5 hours per week (flexible)1 requiredContact eva.geiger@yale.edu with a short CV/resume. Please feel free to ask questions!
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Spring 2020 and beyondYesDr. Helen Pushkarskaya (Yale OCD Research Clinic)Looking for undegraduate research assistants and to hire a postgradute research assistant to work on a large scale data collection project. We aim to investigate individual variaions in a process of perceptual and value-based decision formation in general and clinical population. Will work with Yale SOM on in lab and online data collection. NoRecruitment, data collection, data preprosessing, and data analysis using hierarchical drift diffusion model. For undergaduate research assistants: ~ 10 hours a week flexible. Data collections scheduled for 6-8 during work days, and on weekends.1 required (2 preferred)
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Spring 2020 onwardYesAffect Regulation & Cognition Lab

PI: Dr. Jutta Joormann, Professor of Psychology

Supervisor: Colin Stanton, MS, MPhil
The Affect Regulation & Cognition (ARC) Lab is broadly interested in understanding factors the contribute to the development of depression and anxiety disorders. Currently, the ARC Lab is recruiting highly motivated Yale undergraduate students looking to gain research experience in clinicial psychology with a particular focus on biological approaches. Individuals with depression frequently have difficulty experiencing positive emotions, and a particularly exciting branch of research suggests that this difficulty may be intertwined with immune system functioning in the face of stress. Research assistants will have the opportunity to work on a new study in this area.NoResearch assistants working on this project will have the opportunity to contribute to many stages of the research process, including recruitment, data collection, managing and analyzing data, 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 psychology, especially if interested in biological approaches.6 hours/week1 required, 2 preferredSend a CV/resume, paragraph on previous research experience (if any) and interest in the position, class year, major, and GPA to colin.stanton@yale.edu
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Spring 2019-Summer 2021 (Summers also available)YesDr. 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)NoStudents 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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Recruiting for Fall 2022YesDr. Sarah Fineberg, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine (Clinical research lab focused on mechanistic and treatment studies for Borderline Personality Disorder and related conditionsNoResearch interns will focus on learning tools for psychiatric assessment and using standardized psychiatric questionnaires to screen potential study participants for our research programs. As part of this experience, students will participate in weekly clinical interviewing trainings to develop nuanced skills in this area. Students who excel in this project in their first semester will have the opportunity to request to become involved in more detailed interviews, scientific writing, and/or data analysis in the second semester. 8-10 hours a week
1 semester to discern mutual fit
sarah.fineberg@yale.edun.b. We will start accepting applications for summer internships in Jan-Feb of 2022, and then start accepting applications for Fall 2022 in March-April of 2022.
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Fall 2019 and onwardsYesMind & Development Lab (PI: Dr. Paul Bloom)Our lab studies social cognitive development with specific interest in moral judgement. Some of our research investigates the obligation to help others, dehumanization, and how children think about different agent's mental capacities (such as animals and robots). We primarily work with children ages 4-10. For the Fall semester, all research activites will be held remotely. Please visit our website: https://minddevlab.yale.edu/No[All work is remote/ online for Fall 2020] All RAs will be required to dedicate 6-8 hours per week to work in the lab. All scheduled shifts will be between the hours of 10AM and 6PM EST, Monday- Friday. The position is volunteer and we require a 2 consecutive semester commitment. Second semester RAs and beyond can receive course credit (1 credit in Directed Research in Cognitive Science or Psychology). Primary responsibilities include recruiting, scheduling, and running families in online research studies. More info can be found here: https://minddevlab.yale.edu/join-us 6- 8 hours per week11 hours per week (or more)
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Spring 2020 and beyondYesThe Before and After Baby Lab (PI: Helena Rutherford) 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). NoResponsibilities may include the collection and analysis of EEG, fMRI, hormonal, and behavioral (observational coding, decision making, accuracy and reaction times) measures. Students may also help with transcribing interviews, 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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Summer 2022 and beyondYes (and volunteers)Dr. Reuma Gadassi-Polack, postdoctoral fellow working with Jutta Joormann (Psychology) I am looking for somehow who is interested in maternal depression and child emotion regulation. Most of the data, which includes fMRI, behavioral, questionnaire and experience sampling measurements, has already been collected. I am looking for people interested in helping to organize the data for this study, and also to potentially help run a separate mother-child dyadic study. High-level involvment in writing scientific papers can also lead to authorship.NoOrganizing and cleaning questionnaire, experience sampling (daily diary), and clinical interview data, conducting literature review and (guided) statistical analyses; assist with running a mother-child dyadic study.~7-10 hours a week; depends on the RA's preferences, some duties are relevant to the afternoon/evening/weekends2 preferredreuma.gadassipolack@yale.edu
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Spring 2019 and beyondYesDr. Wan-Ling Tseng, Assistant Professor, Yale Child Study Center, YCSC Affective Youth (YAY) LabThe Ycsc (Yale Child Study Center) Affective Youth, i.e., the YAY Lab, is a research lab at the Yale Child Study Center. Our goal is to understand the neural mechanisms of childhood irritability and emotion dysregulation. Understanding these mechanisms can inform how and why irritability develops. We use various techniques such as functional neuroimaging and behavioral tasks to explore this topic. We are seeking motivated undergraduates who are interested in childhood psychopathology and fMRI research. NoResearch assistants will have the opportunity to contribute to many stages of the research process including recruitment, phone screening for potential participants, data collection (with children, adolescents, and parents), preparing participants for the MRI scan, managing and analyzing data, opportunities to be involved in poster presentation and manuscript preparation. Previous research experience is preferred but not required. 10 hours a week; specific hours are flexible2 requiredPlease email Dr. Wan-Ling Tesng (wan-ling.tseng@yale.edu) with your CV/resume, class year, major, and a brief paragraph explaining your interest in the lab and any previous research experiences you have had.
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Spring 2019 - Fall 2020YesPi: Dr. Paul Bloom, Mind & Development Lab; Researchers: Emily Gerdin, Madeline "Gracie" Reinecke, Dr. Matti WIlks (Postdoc)The research carried out in this lab explores the social development of children. Some of our main interests include: moral reasoning and moral action in children and adults; empathy, the common sense conception of the self, third-party punishment, the obligation to help others, how children think of the moral worth of animals & robots. We work with children ages 4 to 10 years old. Please visit our website for more information: minddevlab.yale.edu NoInterns 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 (1.5 hours) where we discuss the theoretical motivation for our studies, experimental data, and relevant research findings from other labs. Interns will have to a minimum of 2 hour call shift during the day.8-10 hours (Flexible) We work around your schedule2 semesters requiredPlease email the lab manager: alexa.sacchi@yale.edu with your resume & CV
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Summer 2018 and beyondYRick Crouse, 4th year PhD student in Marina Picciotto's lab in Molecular Psychiatry Department (lab above med school Blue State)Why do we learn about some things faster than others? Why are some memories stronger than others?
We control neuron activity with lasers in the brains of mice to investigate learning and memory. In other words, we use optogenetics (among other techniques) in awake, behaving mice to better understand how certain brain circuits are involved in learning and memory during reward learning.
We are looking for undergraduates to help in every aspect of the project and perhaps design their own related experiments.
N (but possible in the future)Students will handle mice at all stages of the experiment (surgery and behavioral tasks) as well as histology and data analysis. Prior lab experience is NOT required--just dedication and willingness to learn! 10 or more hours per week, with some availability on weekends being ideal. 2 or moreSend your CV to richard.crouse@yale.edu if interested!
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Summer 2022 and beyondPossibleDr. Karim Ibrahim, Associate Research Scientist (PI)
Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine
We are looking for highly motivated undergraduates to help with a study of brain networks involved in emotion regulation impairments in children. Experience working with children (either formal or informal) is required. This study involves the collection of functional MRI and behavioral measures to understand emotion regulation. This experience would be ideal for students interested in cognition, developmental neuroscience or clinical psychology.NUndergraduate research assistants will receive training in aspects of research including recruitment, screening, testing participants, data entry, and running fMRI tasks and visits. This position will provide opportunities to gain experience in conducting translational research, neuroimaging, network neuroscience, clinical assessments, and emotion regulation. 8-10 hours/week2Contact karim.ibrahim@yale.edu and please provide a resume or CV and a statement including why you would like to work on this study, your major/year, experience working with children or families, and research experience.
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Ongoing openingsYDr. Michael Crowley, Associate Professor (Courage Lab), Child Study Center, Yale School of MedicineOur work focuses on the broad area of child and adolescent self-regulation. We study a range of topics related to self-regulation including anxiety, threat detection, avoidance, risk aversion, ostracism/social exclusion, risk-taking/ substance use risk, reward processing, mindfulness and self-compassion.NTraining 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) 393-8602
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Summer 2021 and BeyondYesDr. James McPartland, Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology (PI). The McPartland Lab, Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicinejames.mcpartland@yale.eduNStudents 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 in minimum 3 hour blocks.2james.mcpartland@yale.edu
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Summer 2020 and BeyondYCarla Stover, Associate Professor Child Study CenterDr. 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.

NAssist 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 2021 and BeyondYes (Volunteer options available as well)Affective Science and Culture Lab (ASCL), PI: Maria GendronThe ASCL studies emotions, including how they are shaped by cultural experiences. Emotions are at the core of our human experience. Yet much of our emotional lives remains shrouded in mystery. Why do some people experience such a diverse range of emotions? When does culture create a barrier to a mutual understanding of each other’s states? We address questions like these with research focused on the dynamic influences of social, affective, and cultural processes on emotional experience, emotion perception and their downstream consequences for the mind, behavior, and relationships. We are seeking undergraduate research assistants to engage in this research with us. NYou will be directly engaged in the research process and fully integrated into the lab, working closely with graduate students, postdocs and the PI. Research assistants are involved in various stages of the research process including the development of study materials, experimental tasks and surveys, the recruitment and interaction with participants during data collection (online, over the phone, and in person in select cases). Research assistants may also receive training in data analysis, qualitative coding of response data, and data management tasks. All research assistants are encouraged to join weekly lab meetings during which projects and results are discussed. No prior research experience is necessary.8-10 hours (flexible)1 but perfer 2Please apply on our website, where you will be asked to provide a CV and brief statement of interest: https://asclab.yale.edu/get-involved-0. Email Dr. Maria Gendron with any questions at maria.gendron@yale.edu.
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Summer 2018, Fall 2018 onwardYPhil Corlett, PhD (Belief, Learning, & Memory Lab)This internship is with the Belief, Learning, and Memory Lab, head by Dr. Philip Corlett. This lab focuses on delusion and hallucination research. The team studies the neural basis of human associative learning and belief formation – relating these processes to delusional belief formation. The position is located at Connecticut Mental Health Center.NThe student will be responsible for recruiting, scheduling, and interacting with study participants. We anticipate that these participants will have a range of psychotic illnesses, including schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, etc. The student can be involved in multiple studies which may involve functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalogram (EEG), Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), etc. They will be tasked with recruiting study participants and administering phone screens. They will also assist in running study visits with participants, including collecting informed consent, administering questionnaires, conducting clinical assessments, and carrying out other necessary study procedures. The student will aid in data entry and management. They will be handling sensitive information and documents, following HIPAA and Yale guidelines.8 or more hours. Flexible.1 or morePlease submit CV/resume to philip.corlett@yale.edu and belieflab@yale.edu. Happy to answer questions! Multiple openings.
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Summer/Fall 2021 and beyondMaybeDr. Zachary Harvanek (w/ Dr. Crowley)We are beginning a pilot research project investigating the neural mechanisms through which mindfulness-based interventions can improve pain and quality of life in patients with sickle cell disease. We will use EEG to examine how mindfulness training changes brain activity, and whether these changes correlate with improvements in pain scores.NStudents will be trained to collect survey data from research participants; set up, run, and disconnect participants from EEG systems; and assist with other aspects of the data collection. No prior experience is necessary, but they will be expected to be highly motivated and work well both individually and as a team. Exceptional students will be given opportunities to learn about data analysis, mindfulness, and other aspects of the project. These students may have the chance (if desired) to develop an independent research thesis project and have authorship on publications from their work.8 hours+2+Please send your CV to Zachary.Harvanek@Yale.edu along with a brief statement about your interests.
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Spring 2021 and beyondMaybeSteele Lab (PI: Dr. Vaughn Steele)Would you like to learn more about substance use disorders (SUDs), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), event-related potentials (ERPs), and/or transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) while working to develop an effective treatment for SUDs? If so, consider joining the Steele Lab where we combine these methods to better understand and treat SUDs, a chronic relapsing biological brain disease affecting too many people worldwide. We seek motivated Yale undergraduate students to assist with various SUD-related lab projects at the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center (ONRC) in Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living. Current studies involve targeting dysregulated circuits in SUDs with TMS to elicit neuroplastic change and identify malleable circuits that, with chronic treatment, could lead to positive long-term outcomes for individuals with SUDs. For more information, please contact Dr. Steele (vaughn.steele@yale.edu). MaybeResearch volunteers recruit and run participants through IRB-approved protocols. Volunteers will be trained in the necessary aspects of the study (fMRI, ERP, TMS) based on their interested and the need of the study. Motivated individuals interested in learning more have the opportunity to take on more responsibilities such as learning data analysis.5-10 hours per week 2If you are interested, please contat the PI (vaughn.steele@yale.edu) with a description of your research interests and a CV
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Fall 2019 - Summer 2021 (flexible) not at this timeCognitive Neuroscience of Affect, Memories, and Stress (PI: Elizabeth Goldfarb, Dept of Psychiatry)We study why we remember certain parts of our experiences, how stress and affect change different memories, and how what we remember guides our behavior. The laboratory is based in the Yale Stress Center within the School of Medicine. We are looking for motivated, detail-oriented research assistants to help investigate these processes in healthy individuals and patients with alcohol use disorder. Our research leverages a broad array of methods including functional neuroimaging, novel behavioral tasks, psychophysiology, and smartphone-based behavioral monitoring. Please email Dr. Goldfarb (elizabeth.goldfarb@yale.edu) if you are interested.
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AnytimeVolunteer positionFUndergraduate research assistants are a vital part of the Sukhodolsky Lab and are involved in a number of different projects and studies. These include studies of therapy for co-occurring anxiety and irritability in autism, as well as a multi-site, nationwide study of neurogenetics of females with autism. RAs will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and apply their classroom studies to ongoing research. They will gain hands-on experience and skills that will be useful when applying to post-bacc and graduate school programs.
Contact Dr. Denis Sukhodolsky (denis.sukhodolsky@yale.edu) for more information or to submit an application.
Undergraduate tasks include: data entry, subject recruitment, helping run study visits, interacting with families and children who come into the lab, administering paper and pencil assessments to children, and participating in journal club meetings and lab meetings.8-10 hours/weekIf you're interested, please submit a brief letter of interest, resume, and copy of academic transcript to Denis Sukhodolsky, PhD, at denis.sukhodolsky@yale.edu
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Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and beyondYesACT Lab (PI: Dr. Samuel McDougle, Dept of Psychology)From acing a tennis serve to playing a complex violin concerto, humans have a seemingly unbounded ability to learn a range of stunning motor skills. How does the human mind (and brain) accomplish such feats? The ACT (Action, Computation, & Thinking) lab has openings for Yale undergraduates interested in the nature of human learning. RAs are encouraged to apply if they want to gain experience in experimental design, data analysis, and computational models of human cognition and brain function. Research projects include studies of the cognitive components of motor skill learning, motor memory consolidation, reward-based learning processes, and habit formation. Visit http://actcompthink.org/index.html for more information, or email Dr. Samuel McDougle (samuel.mcdougle@yale.edu).
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Fall 2017 - plusYesSocial Cognitive Development Lab (PI: Dr. Yarrow Dunham)Our lab studies how children navigate the social world through a wide range of different studies. Some of our research investigates social group membership and how group membership drives favoritism and biases towards others. We also study the cognitive foundations of social hierarchy and fairness. We primarily work with children ages 4-10. We are looking for research assistants to help out with various projects or even help run online studies with families. Please visit our website: http://www.socialcogdev.com/ and email our lab manager, Mackenzie Briscoe with any questions.
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Fall 2019 and onwardsYesChang lab (PI: Dr. Steve Chang)In our lab, we study neural mechanisms underlying social cognition and behaviors in humans as well as in animal models. We work with behavioral, electrophysiological, and functional neuroimgaging data, often collected during real-life social interactions. Highly motivated students with strong background in quantitative analysis are particularly encouraged to contact the lab to discuss research opportunities. Please also note that we prefer to work with undergraduate scholars for at least two years.
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