Labs Looking for RAs (PSC 199)

Apply to be a research assistant in a psychology lab!

CLICK HERE FIRST: Info about Applying to a Lab

  • Below are advertisements for labs currently hiring. Not all labs that are hiring choose to list an ad, so be sure to check out the full list of Faculty Labs
  • Labs can be located on- and off-campus, including the Center for Mind and Brain, the UC Davis MIND Institute, and many more
  • Research Assistant positions are competitive, and there may be a GPA requirement or prior coursework required
  • 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. Go to the lab website, read about the research, and check out the publications involving the research. Be respectful and indicate why you want to work in that particular lab

Infant Cognition Lab

Instructor: Lisa Oakes

Credit Type: Natural Science

Description

Due to COVID-19, we are currently conducting lab activities from home for the safety of our students, staff, and participating families. Research Assistant responsibilities will shift during this period to focus on visual and behavioral coding, managing social media, and assisting graduate students and junior specialists with projects. A two-term commitment and 10-hour workweeks are still required. No prior experience in any of these activities is required, though applicants must be highly motivated to learn new skills. Predetermined lab meetings are held at a minimum, twice a week over Zoom.

Lab Social Media:
https://www.facebook.com/ucdavisinfantcognitionlab/
https://twitter.com/ucdinfantcoglab
@ucdavisinfantcognitionlab (Instagram)

Prerequisites (if any)

Ideal candidates are students of sophomore or junior standing that have an interest in developmental psychology, are professional, reliable, detail-oriented, and highly motivated.

Minimum Qualifications:

Able to commit 10 hours/week for 2 quarters minimum
Comfortable working with families and young children
3.0 GPA PREFERRED
Completion of PSC 100 (Cognitive Psychology) or PSC 140 (Developmental Psychology) for students in or above their 3rd year PREFERRED

Comments

Located off-campus at the Center for Mind and Brain (202 Cousteau Place, Suite 250).

All applications should include the application form downloaded from the bottom of the "For Students" page of the lab website. Check our lab website regularly for application deadlines.


Contact Email

Please see our lab website for more information on the Infant Cognition Lab. If you have any questions about the position, email our lab managers, .

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 participant testing team. Other duties may include EEG and behavioral data processing and analysis. No prior experience in any of these activities is required, though applicants must be highly motivated to learn new skills.

RA Duties include:

  • Recruiting families over the phone
  • Running visits with children (3-7 years old) and parents

Prerequisites (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:

  • Comfortable working with families and young children
  • 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

Please see Dr. Bowman’s facility website and our BASC lab website for more information on the lab:

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

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

 

Cognition in Context Lab

Instructor: Yuko Munakata

Credit Type: Natural Science

Description

Dr. Yuko Munakata’s Cognition in Context lab is looking for detail-oriented, motivated, and responsible research assistants. Research assistants will be closely involved in assisting in all phases of the research process. This unique opportunity will provide research assistants hands-on research experience and skills essential for graduate school and careers in academia. Click here to visit our lab website

Prerequisites (if any)

Minimum Qualifications: Able to commit 6 hours/week for 2 quarters; located in Center for Mind and Brain, suite 250

Comments

If interested, please email Jack White  () with a copy of your resume/CV, contact information for two professional references, unofficial transcript, and a statement of interest.

Contact Email

Jack White, ciclm@ucdavis.edu

Attention, Impulsivity, and Regulation (AIR) Lab

Instructor: Julie Schweitzer

Credit Type: Natural Science

Description

The Attention, Impulsivity, and Regulation (AIR) laboratory’s mission is to improve the lives of children, teens, and adults with and without ADHD who experience problems in attention, impulsivity, and/or cognitive and emotional regulation. We are recruiting volunteer research assistants to work on our three main projects studying impulsivity and inattention.Specific duties are assigned based on individual interest and experience. Click here for our lab website.

Research assistant tasks include:

  • Data scoring and entry
  • Assistance with administration of testing and fMRI scanning visits at the UC Davis Medical Center and fMRI data processing
  • Video coding
  • Running app-based intervention sessions in local preschools
  • General administrative tasks to support the lab. 

Prerequisites (if any)

​Students majoring in Psychology, Cognitive Science, or related disciplines (computer science, neuroscience) are preferred

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Able to commit 6 hours/week for 3 quarters

Comments

Located off campus at the MIND Institute on the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Shuttle available, refer to TAPS office.

Contact Email

To apply, please send a resume and brief letter of interest to Samantha Blair,

 

Personality and Self-Knowledge Lab

Instructor: Simine Vazire

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

Description

How trustworthy are scientific claims? Our lab examines how scientists are doing science, what makes research credible, strategies for improving research methods in psychology, and whether public perceptions of scientists correspond with real-world scientific practices.

Prerequisites (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

John Maaga,

 

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

Prerequisites         

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

Anyk Cajucom

 Contact Email

 

 

Visual Cognition Lab

Instructor: John Henderson

Credit Type: Natural Science

Description

Are you a highly motivated and energetic student? Would you like to gain research experience in an active research lab? Professor Henderson’s Visual Cognition Lab (Center for Mind & Brain) is looking for undergraduate research assistants. Students will be involved in creating stimuli (pictures and texts), collecting and analyzing data, and other related tasks. Students also attend a weekly lab meeting with the members of the lab to talk about research.

Prerequisites (if any)

  • 3.2 GPA minimum
  • Coursework in cognition, perception, and related areas is PREFERRED
  • Students majoring in Psychology, Cognitive Science, or related disciplines (computer science, neuroscience) are PREFERRED

Comments

The Lab is located off-campus at the Center for Mind & Brain in Davis.

RAs are typically expected to commit to

  • 9 hours per week (volunteer or for three 099/199 units)
  • At least two quarters, preferably a full year

Contact/Apply 

Please email a short description of relevant classes taken, GPA, and interests to Professor John Henderson: . For further information about the lab, CLICK HERE

Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab

Instructor: Tamara Swaab

Credit Type: Natural Science

Description

The Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab is looking for motivated and responsible students to help conduct electrophysiological and behavioral studies of language comprehension and cognition in young and older adults. Students will be trained in recording of electrophysiological data and will be involved in all aspects (stimulus preparation, subject recruitment, testing, and data analysis) of research projects. Other responsibilities will include collecting and reading scientific papers relevant to the research.

Prerequisites (if any)

​Completion of PSC 41 (Research Methods) and PSC 132 (language and Cognition) OR PSC 100 (Cognition) PREFERRED.

Comments

  • 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 are preferred, but Seniors are welcome to apply.
  • 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: swaab.faculty.ucdavis.edu

 

Contact 

Dr. Tamara Swaab, swaab@ucdavis.edu

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

Prerequisites (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 ()