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Research Assistants

Thank you for your interest in working with Professor Yonelinas’ Human Memory Lab!

Spending time as a Research Assistant (RA) is one of the best ways to put learning into action. The HML provides undergraduate students an opportunity to dive deeper into the study of memory and get hands-on research experience. Such training is highly recommended for those considering graduate school or a career in research.

Please read on for additional information about how RAs are involved in the lab and how to apply . . .

What exactly do HML RAs do?

A little bit of everything! Generally, Human Memory Lab RAs are involved in the creation and execution of experiments that examine the cognitive and brain processes underlying human memory. Each RA is assigned to work directly with a HML lab member and receives tasks or responsibilities for a particular research project. RAs are most often involved in running computer-based experiments with undergraduate subjects, but are also called upon at times to help find or create stimuli as well as manage data.

Research Assistants work hand-in-hand with graduate students and HML staff to conduct memory research. While earning PSC 199 course credits, RAs gain valuable experience in the development, implementation, and analysis of research projects involving human subjects.

RAs are asked to make a two quarter commitment to the lab for six to nine hours per week (two or three PSC 199 units per term, if interested in course credit). As much as possible, the hours for each RA are arranged around the student’s schedule. Additionally, we prefer that our RAs have completed PSC 41 (Research Methods) and PSC 130 (Human Learning and Memory).

Undergraduates who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Psychology are encouraged to apply.

I'm interested, how can I get involved?

There is an application and interview process for the limited number of RA positions we have available. Please download the HML RA application (below) and return it to the HML lab manager, Michael Petzold, at your earliest convenience. Once Michael has received your application and had an opportunity to review it, he will be in touch to schedule an interview with you.

Click here to download the Research Assistant Application Form

If you have any questions or if you would like to further discuss the RA positions available, please contact Michael at or (530) 754-9439.