Labs Looking for RAs (PSC 199)

Apply to volunteer as a research assistant in a psychology department faculty member's lab! Labs are located on campus and at other sites, including the Center for Mind and Brain, the UC Davis MIND Institute, and the California National Primate Research Center. The labs listed below have indicated that they may be hiring Research Assistants this year. You can see the full list of faculty labs here: http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/research/research-labs. When inquiring about a Research Assistant position, It is important to be aware of the research actually being done in the lab before asking to participate. Be respectful and indicate why you want to work in that particular lab. Research Assistant positions are competitive, and there may be a GPA requirement or prior coursework required.

Personality and Self-Knowledge Lab

Instructor: Simine Vazire

Credit Type: Natural Science (for L&S BS majors)

Description

How well do people know themselves? How does personality change over time? Can self-knowledge be improved? If these are the kinds of questions that interest you and you’re looking for great research lab experience, apply now for an Undergraduate Research Assistant Position in Dr. Simine Vazire’s Personality and Self-Knowledge Lab!

To apply please request an application from our Lab Manager, Paige Snelgrove. For more information about Dr. Vazire’s research visit: simine.com/Lab/.

Prerequisities (if any)

We have a minimum 2-quarter commitment to the lab with 3 units worth of work per quarter. You must have completed PSC 1 and we prefer completion of PSC 41.

Contact

Paige Snelgrove,

 

Translational Cognitive Affective Neuroscience (TCAN) Lab

Instructor: Cameron Carter

Credit Type: Natural Science

Description

Our laboratory includes the Duration of Untreated Psychosis (DUP) project and the Early Psychosis (EP) project, which are both currently looking for volunteers. The DUP project focuses on reducing time between the onset of serious mental illness and engagement in appropriate treatment through electronic screening and community based mobile assessment. The EP project uses clinical interviews, questionnaires, computer tasks, and MRI scans to examine the relationships between symptoms, cognition, and neural mechanisms in psychosis.

Volunteers in the TCAN lab can gain clinical experience with a psychiatric population and shadow clinical appointments and will be safety monitor trained for MRI scans. Volunteer duties include:

  • Assisting with data entry
  • Administrative tasks
  • Data auditing
  • Subject recruitment
  • Brain tracing

Prerequisities (if any)

​Applicants with previous research or clinical experience will be strongly considered, but no prior experience is required.

Comments

  • We require a minimum of 8 hours per week with a one year commitment, although scheduling of hours is flexible.
  • There is a free shuttle between the Davis campus and the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, where our lab is located.
  • Applicants should send a cover letter and CV, including college GPA, and contact information for two references to Vanessa.

 

Contact 

, Junior Specialist, 

 

Early Risk Study (at the MIND Institute)

Instructor: Meghan Miller

Credit Type: Natural Science

Description

The goal of the study is to understand the very earliest manifestations of autism and ADHD in infancy. We use prospective methods to track the onset of symptoms and better understand underlying mechanisms that might put infants at risk of developing autism and ADHD. In this study, infants with either an older sibling with autism, ADHD, or typical development are followed between the ages of 12 months and 3 years. When the children are 3 years old, we make preliminary diagnostic determinations (autism, ADHD, speech-language delay, other concerns, or no concerns). We then examine how these outcomes are related to performance on our assessments before age 3, with the eventual goal of developing better methods for early detection of autism and ADHD.

RA Duties include:

  • Behavioral coding of early ADHD- or autism-related behaviors
  • Scoring of developmental assessments
  • Videotaping developmental assessments of infants from 12 to 36 months of age
  • Data entry and administrative tasks

Prerequisities (if any)

  1. ​You must commit to a minimum of 9 hours per week for one calendar year. The hours are flexible to accommodate class schedules during business hours (8am to 5:30pm, M-F).
  2. Email Annie Chuang () for the Volunteer Application to apply!

Comments

Located off campus at the MIND Institute on the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

Contact Email

Annie Chuang ()

 

Brain and Social Cognition Lab (BASC Lab)

Instructor: Lindsay Bowman

Credit Type: Natural Science

Description

The Brain and Social Cognition lab is working to uncover how the 'social brain' develops! We conduct behavioral research in conjunction with the use of EEG, ERP, and fNIRS to examine the neural correlates of social cognition. We are currently recruiting research assistants to join our electrophysiological data analysis team to help with EEG and ERP data processing.

RA Duties include:

  • Developing EEG and ERP data analysis pipelines
  • Writing Matlab scripts for batch data processing
  • Producing detailed documentation of analyses protocols

Prerequisities (if any)

​Ideal candidates are students of sophomore or junior standing that have an excellent academic record, are professional, reliable, detail-oriented, and highly motivated.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Highly motivated to learn neural time series data analysis methods
  • Highly motivated to learn new skills in computer programming and Matlab
  • Able to commit 10 hours/week for 2 quarters minimum

Comments

Located off campus at the Center for Mind and Brain (202 Cousteau Place).

Contact Email

If you are interested in applying to this position, please send the following materials to the BASC Lab Coordinator, Courtney Jimenez, at :

  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Fall Quarter Schedule
  • Statement of Career Goals
  • Statement of Specific Interest in BASC Lab



Dynamic Memory Lab

Instructor

Charan Ranganath

Credit Type

Natural Science

Short Title

Dynamic Memory Lab

Description

Undergraduate research assistants are needed for the laboratory of Professor Charan Ranganath. Our laboratory is currently conducting studies using fMRI and EEG to understand the neural mechanisms of human memory. Research assistants joining our lab will initially spend time collecting behavioral data and developing behavioral tasks as they hone their programming skills. After students learn the basics, some motivated students may have the opportunity to participate in EEG/ fMRI data collection.

Please visit our website for further information: http://dml.ucdavis.edu/. 

Prerequisities       

Completion of PSC 41 (Research Methods) and PSC 130 (Human Learning & Memory) PREFERRED.

We recommend at least a one-year commitment to the lab and minimum weekly time commitment of 4hrs/week.   Applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Comments

If interested, please email Angelique Delarazan () with a copy of your resume/CV to ask for an application.

Contact Person

Angelique Delarazan

Contact Email

Contact Phone

Human Memory Lab

Instructor

Andrew Yonelinas

Credit Type

Natural Science

Short Title

Human Memory Lab

Description

We are looking for motivated and responsible students to help conduct human memory research! Students will be involved in stimulus creation, testing subjects, and data management. Additionally, undergraduate research assistants are welcome to attend weekly lab meetings. Students will gain experience in memory research, interacting with a lab staff, experimental design, as well as data management and analysis skills.

Prerequisities 

Completion of PSC 41 (Research Methods) and PSC 130 (Human Learning & Memory) PREFERRED.

Comments

Students are asked to make a 2 or 3 unit commitment (6-9 hours per week), for at least two quarters. We prefer to have research assistants stay with the lab for longer periods of time, as the longer you are with us, the more you will learn. Sophomores and Juniors preferred. There is an application and interview process for the limited number of RA positions we have available. Please visit our website for an application and more information.

Contact Person

  Ilse Pastor

Contact Email

  impastor@ucdavis.edu

Attitudes and Group Identity

 

Instructor

Alison Ledgerwood

Credit Type

Social Science

Short Title

Attitudes and Group Identity

Description

The Attitudes and Group Identity Lab is looking for motivated, responsible, and detail-oriented research assistants to help us conduct social psychological research. No experience is necessary, but you must be interested in psychology and 100% reliable. Undergraduate research assistants have the opportunity to become involved in all phases of the research process, including study design, data collection, data entry, and understanding the results. We also hold periodic lab meetings with graduate students and Dr. Ledgerwood where we discuss empirical papers, learn different programming skills, and give advice about graduate school and careers in behavioral research. These volunteer positions provide an excellent opportunity to acquire hands-on research experience and to potentially earn a letter of recommendation from a professor! If you would like to apply for a position, please download an RA Application Form and return the completed application along with a resume to

Prerequisities         

Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 Must be willing to commit to a quarter-long schedule and a consistent number of hours each week (either 6 or 9 hours). Must be willing to commit to the lab for at least two quarters.

Comments

All applications should include the form downloaded from the lab website and a resume.

Contact Person

Paige Snelgrove

 Contact Email