Instructions to students: PSYC 199 must be added before the end of week two (2) of the quarter you intend to participate. If you are doing a two quarter commitment you MUST submit an application for enrollment every quarter.

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PSYC 199 opportunities are listed in the order they were submitted to the psychology student affairs office. Questions regarding postings should be addressed to the individual contacts.

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Dr. Christopher Bryan

Lab: Christopher Bryan's Social Psychology Lab

Commitment: Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2014

Contact: phfisher@ucsd.edu

Research Description

Our lab is driven by a core motivation to do research that enhances our understanding of and ability to address important real-world social, political, and policy problems. I am particularly interested in how subtle framing manipulations can change people’s attitudes and behavior in ways that benefit them, their communities and the larger society. A major theoretical theme of much of this work is the role of the self in influencing attitudes and behavior.

Requirements

We are looking for students who:
-Are careful, reliable and detail-oriented
-Are passionate about psychological research and are looking to gain research experience
-Are resourceful in the face of challenge and eager to learn and master new skills
-Have experience with Microsoft Excel, Qualtrics, and SPSS (recommended, not required)
-Have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0

Student Responsibilities

We expect all students to enroll for 4 units (12 hours/week). Responsibilities vary from project to project, and based on level of involvement. Responsibilities include: becoming familiar with background literature related to research; scheduling and running subjects through experiments; performing outreach work with research partners; entering and analyzing data; attending lab meetings; assisting in designing/modifying  experiments.

Contact:  Peter Fisher, phfisher@ucsd.edu


Dr. John Serences

Lab: Perception & Cognition Lab - serenceslab.ucsd.edu

Commitment: Winter 2014, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014 - 12 hours/week for at least 2 quarters

Contact: pcclab@gmail.com

Research Description

We study visual attention, working memory, and perceptual decision-making. We use psychophysics, computational modeling, and neuroimaging techniques to investigate the influences of behavioral goals and previous experiences on these cognitive processes.

Requirements

We are looking for highly motivated research assistants with a strong interest in cognitive psychology, neuroscience and neuroimaging. Some programming experience is a plus, but not required. Minimum 3.0 GPA

Student Responsibilities

Duties include: becoming familiar with background literature related to research; scheduling and running subjects through experiments; analyzing data; assisting in designing/modifying  experiments.


Dr. David Barner

Lab: Language and Development Lab, http://ladlab.ucsd.edu

Commitment: Winter 2014, Spring 2014 (12 hours per week for at least 2 quarters)

Contact: Katie Kimura, ladlabcoordinator.ucsd@gmail.com

Research Description

We are currently interested in the relation between language and thought, the acquisition of words that denote quantities, and mathematical development in children (ages 2 to 8). We investigate how children learn to count, use new words, and make inferences in conversation, and we are particularly interested in how bilingual children's understanding of language may differ from monolingual children.

Requirements

1. Native language proficiency in Spanish and/or French
2. Interest in research and interacting with children

Student Responsibilities

Responsibilities include becoming familiar with the literature, designing studies, scheduling and running participants, entering and analyzing data, and attending lab meetings.

Contact: Katie Kimura at ladlabcoordinator.ucsd@gmail.com


Dr. Stuart Anstis

Lab: Anstis Lab, http://anstislab.ucsd.edu, (858) 534-5456

Commitment: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, and Spring 2014

Contact: Neal Dykmans: NDykmans@UCSD.edu

Research Description

Research in the Anstis lab is on Visual Perception and Illusions. Students will get hands-on experience running vision-based experiments both as experimenters and observers, and will read, discuss and present research papers, as well as analyze and interpret the experimental results they collect.

Requirements

Upper-Division Standing, GPA of at least 3.0, interest in Psychological research, fairly flexible hours, has taken Psyc 102 Sensation and Perception (or equivalent). 
Looking for students with a strong passion for Psychology and research, who wish to develop research skills and experience necessary for a career in Psychology.

Student Responsibilities

Help develop stimuli, run subjects, process data, attend meetings and participate in discussions.
12 hours a week, mostly flexible schedule


Dr. VS Ramachandran

Lab: Ramachandran Lab

Commitment: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, and Spring 2014 - At least 2 quarters

Contact: Liz Seckel ucsdcbc@gmail.com

Research Description

The Ramachandran lab conducts research on the neural basis of perception, cognition, language, attention and memory: a field called "cognitive neuroscience" or "behavioral neurology." An additional focus is on neuro-rehabilitation. Students will get hands-on experience running mostly vision-based experiments both as experimenters and observers, and will read, discuss and present research papers, as well as analyze and interpret the experimental results they collect.

Requirements

Upper-Division Standing, GPA of at least 3.0, interest in psychological research, fairly flexible hours. Looking for students with a strong passion for psychology and research, who wish to develop research skills and experience necessary for a career in Psychology. Preference given to students who have taken Psych 129 (logic of perception) and/ or Psych 169 (Brain Damage and Mental Function) but not required.

Student Responsibilities

Help develop stimuli, run subjects, process data, attend meetings and participate in discussions. 12 hours a week, mostly flexible schedule.


Dr. Harold Pashler

Lab: Learning, Attention, and Perception Lab http://laplab.ucsd.edu/

Commitment: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, and Spring 2014 - At least 2 quarters

Contact: r4tran@ucsd.edu (subject line: laplab RA position)

Research Description

Currently, the most active focus of work in our lab is on uncovering methods of enhancing learning and reducing forgetting over time. 

Requirements

Interest! 
GPA of at least 3.0 
Availability of 12 hours/week
Taken PSYC3, PSYC 105, or Intro Cog Sci (these classes are preferred, but not necessary!)

*Please be sure to include your class schedule and any previous research experience (if applicable).

Student Responsibilities

Help develop stimuli 
Run subjects 
Attend meetings and participate in discussions


Dr. Keith Rayner

Lab: Rayner Eyetracking Lab, http://raynerlab.ucsd.edu (858) 822-7813

Commitment: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014 - At least two quarters (12 hours per week, each).

Contact: raynerlab@gmail.com

Research Description

TWO OPEN POSITIONS

  • 1. Research Assistant

The main topic of research in the Eyetracking lab is eye movements during reading and other cognitive processes. We study a wide variety of taks, ranging from language comprehension, language production and scene perception to visual search and eye movement control. Students will get hands-on experience developing, running and analyzing eye movement experiments and experience reading, discussing and presenting research papers.

  • 2. Spanish English Bilingual Speaker/Reader

The main topic of research in the Eyetracking lab is eye movements during reading and we are currently testing Spanish/English bilinguals.

Requirements

  • 1. Research Assistant

Sophomore standing or higher, GPA of at least 3.0, interest in Psychological research, fairly flexible hours, has taken Intro Psych, Intro Cog Sci or Intro Linguistics.
Preferred: Has taken Cognitive Psych or Linguistics classes. Two quarter commitment or more. First two quarters must be 12 hour/week commitment.

  • 2. Spanish English Bilingual Speaker/Reader

Spaninsh-English Bilingual.

Preferred: Interest in Psychological research; has taken Cognitive Psych or Linguistics classes.

**If you are extremely interested, but are unable to commit to the full 12 hours, please contact us to discuss your situation.

Student Responsibilities

  • 1. Research Assistant

Help develop stimuli, run subjects (using state-of-the-art eye trackers), process data, attend meetings and participate in discussions.

12 hours a week, mostly flexible schedule

  • 2. Spanish English Bilingual Speaker/Reader

The student will assist with stimulus development, run eyetracking studies, administer language proficiency tests to participants, and attend weekly lab meetings.


Dr. Charles Taylor

Lab: Positive Emotion and Anxiety Research Laboratory (PEARL)

Commitment: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014 - At least 2 quarters

Contact: c1taylor@ucsd.edu

Research Description

Our research brings together concepts and experimental paradigms from social and cognitive psychology, affective neuroscience, and clinical psychology to (1) study basic mechanisms of anxiety and related disorders (e.g., depression) and (2) develop more effective, efficient, personalized, and widely accessible treatment and prevention approaches. Current research projects span the following broad topics in relation to anxiety and depression:

  • Positive emotion disturbances; interventions designed to boost functioning of the positive emotion system
  • Computerized cognitive bias modification as a treatment for psychiatric conditions
  • Information processing biases and emotional vulnerability
  • Interpersonal processes and social relationship functioning
  • Functional neuroimaging approaches to examine basic mechanisms and biomarkers of treatment response
  • Examining the independence and interplay between positive and negative emotion systems in anxiety and its treatment

Requirements

We have no hard requirements, but preference will be given to students who:

  • Commit to a minimum of two quarters
  • Enroll for 4 units (12 hours/week)
  • Have an interest in pursuing research and/or clinical work after graduation
  • Have experience with Eprime, R, or SPSS
  • Have experience with programming and/or statistics in general

Note, however, that we will consider all students who meet university requirements for Psyc 199.

Student Responsibilities

Our goal is create a rich, hands-on learning experience for students. Thus, we endeavor to involve students in many aspects of the research process, taking into account the student’s prior experiences and skill set. Responsibilities include:

  • Study conceptualization, design, and implementation (e.g., conducting literature searches, developing research questions and hypotheses; helping to develop assessment tools and programming tasks)
  • Participant recruitment, screening and scheduling
  • Running participants through experimental protocols
  • Acting as a study confederate
  • Behavioral coding of observational data
  • Data entry, organization, and management
  • Data analysis, interpretation of findings, and preparation of results for presentations or publication (primarily for advanced students with prior experience)
  • All students will have the opportunity present a brief review of the literature and relevant data to the lab


Dr. Edward Vul

Lab: Cognition and Inference Lab

Commitment: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, and Spring 2014

Contact: evullab@gmail.com

Research Description

We study human cognition and decision making: how do people combine sparse information with their prior knowledge about the world to make decisions? And how do limitations of memory and attention influence this process? Different projects investiate these issues in different domains; examples include: visual attention, consumer behavior, intuitive reasoning, verbal problem solving, etc.

Requirements

We have no hard requirements, but preference is given to students who:
(a) have experience with probability and statistics
(b) have experience programming (ideally in python/matlab/R)
(c) apply earlier (e.g., sophomore or freshman year).
(d) have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

That said, these qualifications are a wish-list, and we will consider all students who meet university requirements for a 199.

Student Responsibilities

We expect all students to enroll for 4 units (12 hours/week). Responsibilities vary from project to project, and based on level of involvement and technical background of the student; but you will likely need to help run experiments, read/discuss articles, perhaps analyze data, and help implement future experiments.


Dr. David Liu

Lab: Brain & Cognitive Development Laboratory

Commitment: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014 - At least 2 quarters

Contact: davidliu@ucsd.edu

Research Description

We research the development of children’s folk psychological understanding of concepts such as mental states and traits. In addition, we use EEG/ERP with adults and children to investigate the neural correlates of these social-cognitive abilities.

Requirements

Minimum GPA of 3.0
Minimum commitment of two quarters
Interest in developmental psychology and/or cognitive neuroscience

Student Responsibilities

Some 199s will primarily be running studies with preschool-age children. Some 199s will primarily be collecting EEG/ERP data with adults. Other responsibilities include recruiting schools and families, coding data, and reading articles.


Dr. Victor Ferreira

Lab: Language Production Lab http://lpl.ucsd.edu

Commitment: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014 - At least 2 quarters

Contact: vferreira@ucsd.edu

Research Description

The primary research focus of the laboratory is human language production behavior. We look at how language users form sentences and produce words, and how that behavior leads to successful communication.

Requirements

Sophomore (PSYC 99) or Junior (PSYC 199) standing or higher
Minimum GPA of 3.0
Any 2 quarters including the summer (12 hours a week, flexible schedule)

Student Responsibilities

Responsibilities include developing stimuli, scheduling and testing participants, coding data, and attending weekly lab meetings.


Dr. Timothy Rickard

Lab: Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience

Commitment: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014 - At least 2 quarters

Contact: therickardlab@gmail.com

Research Description

Human learning and knowledge representation, memory retrieval processes, acquisition and transfer of skills, and educational practice. Ongoing and recent projects have examined the optimization of learning in arithmetic, spelling, and other domains, the role of sleep in learning and memory, skill-training programs, testing effects, and the cognitive processes underlying recall from long-term memory.

Requirements

Interest in research!
Minimum GPA of 3.0
12 hours per week
2 quarters minimum commitment
Some evening/morning hours
Attendance at lab meetings

Timeframe: the best time to contact us regarding new 199 positions is toward the end of each quarter. Recruitment is typically completed during the first week of the subsequent quarter.

E-mailing: when contacting us to express your interest in a 199 position, please indicate your class level (sophomore, junior, etc.), current GPA, any previous research experience (if applicable), and whether you have work, volunteering, or other commitments outside your UCSD classes.

Student Responsibilities

Responsibilities will vary, but will likely include scheduling and testing participants, coding data, reading journal articles, and presenting during lab meetings.


Dr. Leslie Carver

Lab: Developmental Neuroscience Lab

Commitment: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, and Spring 2014

Contact: dnlab@ucsd.edu

Research Description

The Developmental Neuroscience Lab runs studies with children between the ages of 8 months and 8 years of age. Our research focuses on different developmental behaviors (e.g. social referencing, joint attention, etc.) and the brain bases behind them. The majority of our studies have a play based behavioral component with different toys and experimenters, and an Event Related Potential (ERP) component which measures brain activity in response to audio or visual stimuli.

Requirements

Completion of HDP1 or PSYC 101
3 quarter commitment of 12 hours/week
Must have prior experience with children

Student Responsibilities

It is a 3 quarter, 12 hour/week time commitment. Students will be trained in and assist with all aspects of data collection and analysis using behavioral and ERP measures. Students will participate in regular group and individual meetings with the professor.


Dr. Christopher Oveis

Lab: Rady Behavioral Lab http://rady.ucsd.edu/behavioral-lab/

Commitment: Summer 2013 and/or Fall 2013

Contact: matthew.lupoli@rady.ucsd.edu

Research Description

We are currently working on a broad range of projects, including investigations of power and deception, facebook and social interaction, and charitable donations in lab and field experiments.

Requirements

3.5 gpa

major or minor in psychology 


experience with medialab, directRT, eprime, R studio, or SPSS


experience with programming and/or statistics in general


interest in pursuing research after graduation

Student Responsibilities

A subset of programming/designing experiments and stimuli, brainstorming, preparing IRB documents, running experiments, literature searching, analyzing data.


Dr. Don MacLeod

Lab: Vision Lab

Commitment: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, and Spring 2014

Contact: aerobins@cogsci.ucsd.edu

Research Description

Research interests in our lab include color and brightness perception, adaptation, and optimization of 3D visual display.

In our current project we are interested in how the perceptual experience of color varies in participants with normal and anomalous color vision. This includes recruitment of participants with various types of color vision deficiencies.

Requirements

4 units of credit for 12 hours per week
Minimum 3.0 GPA
Completion of Psyc 102 and/or 159 preferred

Student Responsibilities

Commitment of 12 hours a week, may vary on a weekly basis. Duties will include running participants on experiments, color vision screenings, scheduling of participants (via sona), and data entry. Paper may be required for evaluation.


Dr. Piotr Winkielman

Lab: http://winkielmanlab.ucsd.edu/

Commitment: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014 - At least 2 quarters

Contact: ewcarr@ucsd.edu

Research Description

Our research explores the interplay between emotion, cognition, embodiment, and consciousness. We are particularly interested in the implications of these processes for understanding human social cognition. Our work uses diverse methods of social and cognitive psychology, including techniques from psychophysiology and social neuroscience. Our investigations span the following six broad topics:

  • Affect, motivation, and awareness.
  • Processing dynamics.
  • Embodiment of emotion.
  • emotion and autism.
  • Interaction of social and cognitive processes.
  • Conceptual and methodological issues in social neuroscience.

Requirements

  1. At least a 3.0 GPA
  2. Able to work 6-12 hours per week on current research projects and attend regular lab meetings
  3. Willing and excited to participate in (and offer up) new research ideas
  4. Taken PSYC 114 or PSYC 137 - bonus, not required
  5. Able to make a commitment for at least 2 quarters

Student Responsibilities

Running subjects, attending lab meetings, discussing research with grad students, data entry and recording. Main method of evaluation will be based on lab project assignments and a final paper. Expected time commitment is 6-12 hrs/wk, based on the number of units.

Contact: Evan Carr, Ewcarr@ucsd.edu


Dr. David Barner

Lab: Language and Development Lab, http://ladlab.ucsd.edu

Commitment: Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, and Spring 2014

Contact: ladlabcoordinator.ucsd@gmail.com

Research Description

We are currently interested in the relation between language and thought, the acquisition of words that denote quantities, and mathematical development in children (ages 2 to 8). We investigate how children learn to count, use new words, and make inferences in conversation.

Requirements

Background in psychology and/or linguistics
Interest in research
Minimum GPA of 3.0
Minimum commitment of two quarters
Must like kids! (or at least think they're funny)

Student Responsibilities

Responsibilities include becoming familiar with the literature, designing studies, scheduling and running participants, entering and analyzing data, and attending lab meetings.

Contact: Katie Kimura at ladlabcoordinator.ucsd@gmail.com


Dr. Elizabeth Twamley

Lab: Twamley Lab

Commitment: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014 - At least 2 quarters

Contact: etwamley@ucsd.edu

Research Description

Dr. Twamley focuses on research in two areas:
  1. Traumatic brain injury in veterans and cognitive rehabilitation to improve post-concussive symptoms (e.g., fatigue, sleep disturbance), cognition (e.g., attention, memory, planning, problem solving), and everyday functioning (e.g., return to work). This research lab is based at the VA in La Jolla (adjacent to the UCSD campus).
  2. The neuropsychology of schizophrenia and severe mood disorders and interventions (e.g., cognitive rehabilitation, work rehabilitation) to improve cognition and everyday functioning in severe mental illness. This research lab is based at UCSD Outpatient Psychiatric Services, a clinic in Hillcrest (accessible via campus shuttle).

Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of Psyc 101, 102, 105, or 106
  • 4 units of credit for 12 hours a week or 2 units for 6 hours per week.
  • Minimum commitment of 2 quarters

Student Responsibilities

Students will be trained to score and administer neuropsychological tests, psychiatric interviews, and various questionnaires. Duties will include test scoring, data entry, and, once the student is trained, test administration with research participants. Additional duties may include scheduling and reminder calls for participants. Many students have earned authorship on poster presentations and scientific manuscripts.


Dr. Edmund Fantino

Lab: Fantino Lab

Commitment: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, and Spring 2014 - 2 quarters

Contact: b6wilson@ucsd.edu

Research Description

We study a wide range of topics related to human judgment and decision making.  Some of our current research involves food and beverage decisions, eyewitness memory and forensic decision-making, and choices in economic games and situations. 

Requirements

Interest in psychology research
12 hours/week
Minimum 3.0 GPA

Student Responsibilities

Responsibilities will include scheduling and running participants in experiments, preparing materials for experiments, reading and reviewing the literature, and attending weekly lab meetings.


Dr. Christina Wierenga

Lab: Wierenga Lab

Commitment: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014 - At least three quarters

Contact: chays@ucsd.edu

Research Description

Christina E. Wierenga, Ph.D. and her colleagues are conducting research to learn more about aging and  Alzheimer’s disease, an illness that eventually leads to loss of memory and intellect.

Requirements

Minimum 3.0 GPA

Completion of Psyc 101, 102, 105, or 106

4 units of credit for 12 hours a week or 2 units for 6 hours per week.

Minimum commitment of 3 quarters

Student Responsibilities

Students will be trained to score, enter, and administer neuropsychological tests, psychiatric interviews, and various questionnaires. Students will also learn to assist with fMRI scans. Additional duties may include recruitment and scheduling of participants.


Dr. Christine Harris

Lab: Harris Lab

Commitment: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014

Contact: noriko@ucsd.edu

Research Description

Student will assist in carrying out studies on emotion.

Requirements

Taken Harris course (Psych 153) and received an A.
GPA= at least 3.0 (prefer 3.3 or higher)
Previous research experience is a plus.

Student Responsibilities

Duties will include running participants on experiments, data entry, and attending lab meetings.