PY 398 Opportunities


Below you will find information on opportunities for students seeking PY 398 credit.  Check back often, as we will be posting new opportunities as they are submitted.  Students cannot receive payment for PY 398.


Study: Validation of a new scale to subtype individuals on the basis of their motives behind eating tasty food.

Implications: improve treatments for obesity and binge-eating.

Mentor:   Dr. Mary Boggiano, CH325   996-4562 boggiano@uab.edu

Research duties will involve:

● calling students that have given consent to be re-tested and scheduling at time for them to come into the lab
● once in the lab, taking height and weight of participants for BMI
● have them complete online surveys related to eating habits
● some of the participants will need to be trained to complete an online 24-hr dietary survey for several days; this will require that the research assistant and participant have personal training on this system
● keeping track of participant responses with other participant data
● paying participants
● entering survey responses into decoding excel spreadsheets then transferring data to SPSS
● analyzing data with supervision for manuscripts

Research Asst. Pluses:

● 3.3. min GPA
● Lower course load
● Must be highly dependable.
● Have available hours that do not completely overlap with other research assts. (See below*) to accommodate students’ schedules.
● Interest in obesity or binge-eating.
● Interest in scale validation, psychometrics, data entry, and analysis.
● Interest in co-authorship on ensuing manuscripts contingent on performance.

Currently covered times by RA:

Fall 2013 Available hours:
T 11-2
Th 11-12:30
MWF 3:30pm - ?


Contact: Dr. Christina Rodriguez

Contact email (preferred means of communication):  cmrpsych@uab.edu

Description: 

● Interacting with parents and children for data collection (many are home visits to participants as part of a research team)
● Data management
● Working with graduate students

Requirements:

● Psychology or closely related major
● Minimum expected GPA 3.3
● Relevant psychology coursework (at least 9 credits)
● Available 3-9 hours/week (depends on number of credits) **many appointments are on weekends/late afternoon
● Students expected to plan to remain for more than one semester to maximize their learning & for project continuity
● Preference given to those with prior research lab experience
● Experience and enthusiasm for working with families/children
● References (particularly supervisors familiar with your child/family experience and research lab experience

This opportunity is ongoing.


Dr. Kerstin Schroder :

Contact: Dr. Kerstin Schroder

Contact phone: 205-974-6426                    

Contact email:  kschroder@uab.edu
 
Description: The purpose of this study is to test the effects of a drama-based elder abuse prevention intervention among older people in community centers. There are approximately 10 morning sessions for which help is needed.

How many students are needed? 1 student

When are they needed?  Applications are accepted at any time.

Minimum commitment:  3 - 3.5 per session with a total of 10 sessions.

Qualifications: Detail oriented; Reliable; Interest in and familiarity with computers.

This opportunity is ongoing.


Dr. Janet Turan:

Contact Phone: 205-934-6780               Contact Email: jmturan@uab.edu

Description: The Young Women’s Health Decision Making Study is a research project being conducted by investigators at the UAB School of Public Health (Principal Investigator:  Associate Professor Dr. Janet Turan) and funded by the Society of Family Planning. The overall goal of the study is to better understand how social norms and stigma related to family planning, single parenthood, and other reproductive choices inform and constrain decision-making around unintended pregnancy among young, low-income women in Birmingham. Specifically, the study will do so in part through the conduct and analysis of data from questionnaires of young women aged 19-24 (n=185). Female students are currently needed to recruit study participants from local health clinic waiting rooms and administer the questionnaire to participants.

What Would Be Learned? The students will learn about quantitative data collection in clinical and academic research environments. They will learn how to appropriately recruit eligible participants, obtain informed consent, administer an iPad-based questionnaire, and maintain the privacy and confidentiality of survey participants’ confidential health information.

How Many Students Are Needed?  3

When are they needed? Students are needed for weekly shifts between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on weekdays, from August until December 2014 (or until a sufficient number of questionnaires have been administered). If interested, students may continue to work on this project in other capacities (e.g. data management and analysis) once all of the required questionnaires have been administered, and/or on other projects as needed.

Minimum commitment:  10 hours/week

Minimum terms needed: 1

Qualifications:  Previous experience in survey data collection is preferred, but not required. Coursework in research methods and ethics is a plus.

Applications are accepted from August – September 2014, or until the maximum number of positions are filled.


Dr. Lesley Ross

Contact phone:  (205) 934-5365

Contact emaillesleyross@uab.edu (preferred method of contact)

Description:  In collaboration with other faculty at the UAB Center for Research on Applied Gerontology (934 19th Street South), we are conducting ongoing research regarding the cognitive, health, wellbeing, and functional abilities of older adults.  We have several current projects that will offer unique opportunities including: using fMRI and behavioral data to investigate the impact of cognitive training on the everyday functional (including driving) and cognitive health of older adults; investigation of cognitive and physical exercise on the health of older adults; adolescence through adulthood driving simulator research; and population-based studies that investigate the wellbeing and mobility of middle age and older adults.  We highly encourage our students to work closely with a Center faculty member to assist with poster presentations and/or publications. Please consult our website for a view of some of our other projects at http://crag.uab.edu/crag.  

What Would Be Learned?  At a minimum, students would learn to administration and score several psychological and cognitive measures.  It is also possible to gain experience with analyzing data using SAS, conducting a formal literature review, developing posters or presentations based on research findings, and helping with manuscripts for publication.. 

How many students are needed? Open.

When are they needed?  Open start and end date- Data collection times are flexible although the majority of collection occurs Monday through Friday from 8 till 5.  We request at least 10 hours per week to volunteer at the Center.

Minimum terms needed:  : 2 semesters.


Dr. Laura Stoppelbein

Contact phone:  (205) 934-5365

Contact email:  (preferred means of communication)  stoppel@uab.edu

Description:  We are currently conducting research examining risk factors related to child emotional and behavioral problems among children and adolescents.  There are a number of studies that are underway or in development based of multiple large databases and new data collection.  These include examining the role of parenting behaviors, family savoring, and parenting stress in child behavioral problems and validation of a parenting styles measure.  Furthermore, we will be developing manuscripts and presentations related  to child adjustment following traumatic events and how parental coping as well as other child variables impact child adjustment.  

What Would Be Learned?  Through this research experience, students will have opportunities to learn about all aspects of research including IRB approval methods, data collection with clinical populations, data entry and management, statistical analyses, and manuscript development/publication.  Furthermore, depending on level of involvement in the project, there will be opportunities for authorship on  presentations and papers. 

How many students are needed?  1-3

When are they needed?  Immediately

Minimum commitment:  3 hours/week

Minimum terms needed:  2

Necessary qualifications: Completion of introduction to psychology and abnormal psychology.  An interest in child psychology.

Preferred qualifications: Preferably students who are in their junior year or higher (however, motivated sophomore year students will be considered). 

This opportunity is ongoing.


Dr. Bulent Turan:

Contact email:  (preferred means of communication):  bturanb@uab.edu

Description

Current projects in my lab examine:

1) The mechanisms underlying the relationship between social support and music performance anxiety from cognitive, behavioral and physiological perspectives, and 2) the effects of HIV-related stigma and discrimination among persons living with HIV.

Music performance anxiety is an exaggerated fear of performing music in public. Social support from friends is typically believed to be one of the most important resources in buffering anxiety in stressful situations. However, our previous study suggested that people would not want the support of a relationship partner when their performance is being evaluated negatively by judges. Few studies have compared the effect of different types of social support. Our current study will take a uniquely new perspective and design experiments which can overcome previous limitations and shed light on our understanding on this topic.

Another study is examining the effects of HIV-related stigma and discrimination among persons living with HIV on health outcomes. In this study, we give participants smart phones for a week and signal them at different times to assess their current feelings and thoughts related to stigma and discrimination.

Both studies examine cortisol levels as a measure of stress responses.

What would be learned? All aspects of conducting a study.

This includes: designing and conducting experiments using a standardized protocol; obtaining saliva samples for hormone assays; using personality measures; data collection and coding techniques; data management; working as part of an active research team. Depending on student motivation, interest, and ability, there are opportunities to learn about literature searches, analyzing data, presenting research at conferences, writing honors theses and reports, and publishing data in professional journals.

How many students are needed? 4-5

When are they needed?  Immediately

Minimum commitment: 4 hours/week. Hours are flexible, although some afternoon availability is desirable.

Minimum terms needed: 2

This opportunity is ongoing.


Shiquina Andrews:

Contact phone:  996-2832

Contact emailshiand25@uab.edu

Description:  We are testing the efficacy of a novel psychological intervention for infertile women.  The student will participate in phone-based data collection, data entry & management, and will have the opportunity to participate in presentation and manuscript development.

What Would Be Learned?  The student will learn more about the administration and scoring of well-established psychological measures, including the Beck Depression Inventory and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. Aside from honing data entry techniques, the student will also begin to develop basic interviewing and clinical skills. Lastly, the student will also be exposed to the process of clinical research through mentorship by a doctoral student.

How Many Students Are Needed?
  3

When are they needed?  Spring and/or Summer 2012 Semesters.

Minimum commitment: 
6 hours/week (flexibility is needed in terms of days worked weekly)

Minimum terms needed:
1

Qualifications: 
Junior level students preferred. Previous experience in clinical research or survey administration preferred, but not required. Coursework in abnormal psychology, research design, and statistics is a plus. Motivation and willingness to learn are absolutes.

This opportunity is ongoing.


Dr. Shelia R. Cotten:

Contact phone:  934-8678

Contact emailcotten@uab.edu

Description: The goal of this study is to assess the educational, career, and social impacts of disseminating the XO laptop to minority middle school students (4th and 5th grade students) in Birmingham City Schools. The project is the first of its kind to examine the XO laptop in a sample of US students. The specific aims of the project are to: (1) Determine technology usage levels and types, and education and career intentions prior to the laptop dissemination. (2) Determine the impacts of the laptop dissemination on technology usage levels and types at 6 months post the laptop dissemination. We can then examine trends in the levels and types of usage over time. (3) Determine if change in technology usage levels and types are related to education and career intentions. (4) Determine how technology usage affects well-being, social connections, belonging, personal expression, freedom, and accomplishment.

The Birmingham City School Board has approved this study which is conducted by the Department of Sociology and the School of Education and is funded by the National Science Foundation.

What would be learned? Students will gain important experience working as part of a research team that includes faculty, graduate students, and other undergraduates. Students will learn about data collection, coding, and data entry; ethics of research with human research participants; and survey development and administration. Depending on student motivation, interest, and ability, there are opportunities to learn about literature searches, analyzing data, presenting research at conferences, writing honors theses and reports, and publishing data in scientific journals.

How many students are needed?  6-8 undergraduate students.

When are they needed?  Immediately – this study is in progress. Minimum commitment: 5-10 hours/week. Hours are flexible, although research assistants are expected to help with the administration of surveys during the week, which usually take 2-3 hours and are conducted during the morning or afternoons.

Minimum terms needed: 1 semester.

 

Dr. Karen Cropsey:

Contact phone:
917-3786 x205                 Contact email: kcropsey@uab.edu

Description: We are looking for students who are interested in helping with substance abuse research with criminal justice involved clients. Ongoing NIH projects include studies using combination pharmacotherapy and behavioral therapy for opiate dependence and smoking cessation. One pilot study involves prescribing Suboxone and providing medication management for opiate dependent individuals. Another larger study involves prescribing Zyban for cigarette smoking. Other areas of research interest include HIV and HCV prevention, fMRI imaging, and contraception and sexual health among women in the criminal justice system.

What will be learned: Students would have the opportunity to learn all aspects of conducting research including data entry and data management, as well as learning about consenting procedures and assessments of potential participants. Students would also gain experience working with a racially diverse low income population of individuals on community corrections (TASC, Drug Court, Probation, Parole, Family Court, etc.) Experiences could be designed to fulfill requirements for Honor’s thesis or course credit.

How many students are needed?  3-4

When are they needed?  Immediately

Minimum commitment:  1 day per week (10 hrs)

Qualifications:  Interest in clinical research activities; detail oriented and excellent organization skills; experience with databases such as Excel and SPSS preferred.

Note: This position is off-campus on Beacon Parkway West- free parking.

 

Dr. Laura E. Dreer:

Contact phone:  205-325-8681                                     Contact email:  dreer@uab.edu

Description:  Project THINK is a single-site, clinical trial designed to evaluate the efficacy of a psychoeducational based intervention (Problem Solving Therapy: PST) on patient and caregiver adjustment (i.e., emotional/functional/health outcomes) related to living with a vision impairment. Patients are currently being recruited through the UAB Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation. This is an ongoing 5-year study funded by the National Eye Institute and EyeSight Foundation of Alabama (ESFA).

Students interested in becoming involved will be exposed to and participate in the following activities: clinical-research, administration of questionnaire/survey methods which are psychological, functional, and neuropsychological in nature; participate in recruitment activities with adults and older adults; gain experience in data coding/entry/analysis; implementation of a large-scale grant; assist in presentations at national conferences; and potentially participate in manuscript submissions.

What Will Be Learned?   Basic skills associated with clinical research (recruitment, data collection, data entry, basic data analysis); how to administer questionnaires and psychological measures to patients and their family members; development of basic clinical skills in working with an adult-older adult rehabilitation population; how to implement research activities as well as the daily aspects involved with conducting a clinical trial; experience with working in a multidisciplinary setting (optometrists, occupational therapists, clinical/research staff)

How many students are needed?  5

When are they needed?  Immediately

Minimum commitment:  1/2 day per week (5 hrs)

Qualifications:  Interest in clinical research activities; motivation to learn clinical-research skills; completion of introduction to psychology

This opportunity is ongoing.

 

Dr. Candace L. Floyd:

Contact email:  clfloyd@uab.edu

Description:  Research in the laboratory evaluates novel treatments that could be of benefit for use in traumatic brain and spinal cord injury.  We conduct pre-clinical studies in rodent models of CNS injury.  Students will participate in animal care, injury model induction, behavioral analysis, and histological analysis.  Please see our lab website at www.floyd-lab.com or contact Dr. Candace Floyd for more information.

What Will Be Learned?   Students will obtain meaningful skills including: small animal surgery techniques, behavioral pharmacology techniques, immunohistochemistry methods, and unbiased stereology.  Additionally, critical thinking, data analysis, and proper experimental design are also emphasized.

How many students are needed?  2

When are they needed?  Immediately.

Minimum commitment:  10 hours per week over 1 term

Qualifications:  Good communication and organization skills; strong work ethic

This opportunity is ongoing.

  

Dr. Adrienne Lahti:

Contact phone: 205-996-6776                     Contact email:  alahti@uab.edu

Description: The Neuroimaging and Translational Research Lab has several ongoing studies. There is currently an opportunity for a student to participate in a study of oculomotor dysfunction in
schizophrenia.  This study will characterize basic vision, binocular vision, and dynamic eye movements in controls and in patients with schizophrenia. Results from this study could lead to better diagnostic
tools and to a better understanding of physiological abnormalities in schizophrenia. Students who are interested may assist with the following tasks:  literature review, experiment setup and calibration, data collection, data management and analysis, presentation preparation and manuscript preparation.
Credit in conference presentations and publications will be given according to contribution.

What Will Be Learned?  Basic skills to conduct independent research: literature search, experiment design, how to work with study participants, data analysis, presentation skills, and manuscript preparation.

How many students are needed? 2

When are they needed?  Applications are accepted at any time.

Minimum commitment:  4 hours per week.

Qualifications: Interest in basic and clinical vision or schizophrenia research. Detail oriented and reliable.

This opportunity is ongoing.

 

Dr. Lei Liu:

Contact phone:  205-996-6627                      Contact email:  liul7788r@uab.edu

Description:  Three research projects involving psychophysics and eye movement tracking are ongoing. One project concerns the human ability to attend to visual events at unpredictable times and locations while engaged in a vision-related operation. The other two projects involve using an eye tracking device to simulate different degrees of visual impairment, observing impacts of such artificial impairments on various visual tasks, and assessing the effect of practice.

Students who are interested will participate in all phases of a psychophysical study, which include literature review, visual stimulus selection and generation, experiment setup and calibration, data collection, data management and analysis, presentation preparation, and manuscript preparation. Student initiated projects will be encouraged. Credit in conference presentations and publications will be bestowed according to contribution.

What Will Be Learned?   Basic skills to conduct independent research, which include how to conduct a literature search; how to design a psychophysical experiment; how to present visual stimuli (happy to share programming experience with interested students); how to ensure data integrity; how to analyze data (Excel, SPSS, Matlab); how to present data; how to prepare a presentation; how to prepare a manuscript; and finally, how to make a boring psychophysical experiment more exciting.

How many students are needed?  2-3

When are they needed?  Applications are accepted at any time.
Minimum commitment:  4 hours per week. Hours are flexible. Late afternoon/evening, or weekend will be fine.

Qualifications:  Interest in basic and clinical vision research; motivated; curiosity kills only cats; gets along well with computers; good vision; willing to work independently; any programming experiences a plus.

This opportunity is ongoing.

 

Dr. Jesse B. Milby:
Contact Phone: 934-8723                        Contact E-mail:jmilby@uab.edu

Description: This course in undergraduate research involves learning about a fifteen year program of research, The Birmingham Cocaine Studies, which developed and tested innovative behavioral treatment and contingency management interventions for homeless persons with crack cocaine disorders. These studies have enhanced this country’s usual model of treatment and scientifically measured the efficacy of innovative behavioral and contingency management interventions. These scientific, evidence based interventions have been proven to be one of the few effective interventions for cocaine dependence. To date there are no effective medications for treating cocaine dependence.

This complex psychosocial intervention has been replicated, and successfully transported to another city (Houston TX) for cocaine dependent homeless persons. Because the intervention is labor intensive and utilizes a broad range of assessments and a significant amount of data collection, there are several types of research opportunities available for undergraduates. These include but are not limited to: 1) ongoing online literature searches using assigned key words, previewing references for relevance, and filing and retrieving data from hard copy and electronic files, 2) learning about and working with the various data bases used on our Homeless 4 study, 3) manualizing key interventions to be used for further study and 4) observing and/or assisting with pilot studies/clinical trials as needed. Upon occasion the student may be called upon to do research and writing pertaining to publications, PowerPoint presentations and/or poster presentations.

The type of work involved may vary according to the present stage or research, i.e. start up of new clinical trials, mid trial activities, post trial data analysis, collection of pilot data or analysis of existing data sets.

The overall goal of this research is to identify and test key components responsible for most of the intervention’s effectiveness, reduce its complexity and cost, and help transport it to other urban communities.

What Will Be Learned? On line search and literature review tasks can provide students with important literature review skills and acquisition of critical scientific evaluation skills. Helping with data acquisition can provide students with chances to observe clinical assessments, collect behavioral observation data, and opportunities to learn about electronic data filing. Manualizing interventions affords a concise way of learning about experimental design and program development within the community substance abuse treatment framework. Additionally, working in a clinical setting provides an opportunity to observe how treatment is provided and how patients respond to these state of the art interventions.

How Many Students are Needed?  1-2

 

Dr. Wynne E. Norton:

Contact phone:  205-975-8055                      Contact email:  wenorton@uab.edu

Description:  I am looking for several students who are interested in learning more about designing, implementing, and evaluating behavior change interventions that are grounded in social/health psychological theory. Specifically, this research opportunity will allow students to help work on designing, implementing, and/or evaluating theory-based HIV prevention interventions among a variety of target populations (e.g., college students, HIV-positive patients, etc.). Students will also have the opportunity to work on developing, implementing, and/or evaluating theory-based interventions designed to increase HIV-positive patients’ adherence to antiretroviral medications (ARV) which is essential for achieving optimal health status and reducing the transmission of drug resistant strains of HIV to uninfected others. Students may also participate in other ongoing research projects related to these topics, such as advancing the state-of-the-science of dissemination and implementation of evidence-based intervention beyond randomized controlled trials and into everyday practical settings.

What Will Be Learned?   Students will develop a variety of critical psychological research skills, including (but not limited to) how to conduct literature searches and reviews; intervention design and implementation; ethical issues in human subjects research and CITI certification; participant confidentiality; data safety and management; participant consent process; psychological measures and assessments; data entry and analysis; qualitative analysis; reviewing/summarizing empirical studies; and assisting with APA-format manuscripts.

How many students are needed?  1-3

When are they needed?  Applications are currently being accepted for the spring 2010 semester.

Minimum commitment:  3-6 hours per week. When and where students conduct their work can be negotiated to fit with the student’s schedule (i.e., from home or offsite; mornings, afternoons, or evenings). Students may have the opportunity to continue working on supervised research projects in subsequent semesters.

Qualifications:  Students must have completed Introductory Psychology and Statistics, Methods and Design, and Methods in Psychological Research to be eligible for this supervised research opportunity. Students who have experience with MS Excel and SPSS are preferred. Courses taken in Human Sexuality, Abnormal Psychology, Medical Psychology, and/or Psychology Honors students are considered a plus. Students must demonstrate a curiosity and interest in conducting psychological research; be responsible; punctual; and willing to work collaboratively with others. Given the sensitive nature of the topic (i.e., sexual health behavior and medication adherence), students must demonstrate a high level of maturity. If interested, please contact Dr. Norton at wenorton@uab.edu for more details on the application process.

 

Dr. David C. Schwebel:

Contact phone: 934-8745     

Contact email (preferred means of communication):  schwebel@uab.edu

Description: Several research projects are always ongoing, most of them revolving around child safety and injury prevention. We usually work with children ages 1-12, and their parents. Research examines processes such as impulsivity, estimation of ability, and parenting that may lead to children’s unintentional (accidental) injuries. Students in the UAB Youth Safety Lab have the opportunity to work on a few different research projects over the course of their tenure in the laboratory.

What would be learned? Data collection and coding techniques; ethics of research with human research participants; skills in recruiting research participants. Depending on student motivation, interest, and ability, there are opportunities to learn about literature searches, analyzing data, presenting research at conferences, writing honors theses and reports, and publishing data in professional journals. Students will also gain important communication skills, working with children, parents, and adults from the community; working as part of an active and diverse research team.

How many students are needed?  There are generally about 6-8 undergraduates working in lab at a time. There are roughly 2-3 openings annually.

When are they needed?  Applications are accepted at any time.

Minimum commitment: 5-10 hours/week. Hours are flexible, although some late afternoon/evening, or weekend availability is desirable.

Minimum terms needed: 1 year

This opportunity is ongoing.
 

Dr. Despina Stavrinos:

Contact Phone:  205-934-7861                 Contact Email:  dstavrin@uab.edu

Description:  We are conducting a study to explore safety issues related to teen driving.  The student will participate in data collection, data entry, and will have the opportunity to analyze results for presentation at scientific meetings. 

What Would Be Learned?  The student will learn more about all aspects of conducting a research study. They will learn how to run a participant through an experimental protocol, will learn how to administer clinical measures, including an IQ test and a clinical interview with parents, will learn how to enter and clean data, will learn how to analyze data and will learn how to put together a scientific poster for presentation at a meeting.

How Many Students Are Needed?  5

When are they needed?  Applications are accepted at any time.

Minimum commitment:  6 hours/week

Minimum terms needed: 1

Qualifications:  Previous experience in working with children or adolescents is preferred, but not required. Coursework in cognitive psychology, research design, statistics, and child development is a plus.

This opportunity is ongoing.
 

Dr. Gitendra Uswatte:

Contact Phone:  975-5089                 Contact E-mail:  guswatte@uab.edu

Description:  There are two separate opportunities in my laboratory.  The first project aims to study the role of interpersonal strengths, such as gratitude and kindness, in family caregiver and stroke survivor relationships and health.  The goal of the second project is to develop an objective measure of how much stroke survivors use their stroke-affected arm to accomplish daily activities.  Measuring physical function in daily life is important in rehabilitation and many other areas of healthcare research, however, most of the common tools rely on self-report, which is open several types of bias.

What would be learned?  By doing, you will learn about experimental planning, running subjects, entering and organizing the data collected, and interpreting data analyses.  Depending on your commitment and contribution, there will be opportunities to participate in writing papers and making conference presentations.

How Many Students are Needed?   2

When are they needed?  Immediately

Minimum commitment:   8 hours / week   

Minimum Terms Needed:  2

Qualifications:  Enjoy working with people. Smart. Responsible. Some familiarity with Excel.  Knowledge of a programming language such as C++ is a plus for the second project. Completion of research design, statistics, and/or developmental psychology courses would be of advantage but is not a prerequisite.

This opportunity is ongoing.

 

Dr. Kristina Visscher

Contact Phone:  205.934.0267    Contact Email:kmv@uab.edu

Description:  The Visscher Human behavioral neuroscience lab is interested in characterizing what brain mechanisms underlie the human ability to flexibly process inputs from the environment. We often process the same information in different ways at different times. For example, sometimes we may hear a string of numbers (e.g. a phone number on a commercial from the radio) and try to remember it, while at another time, the same string of numbers may be irrelevant, and we may ignore it. The lab uses a variety of tools to better characterize how human brain activity before a stimulus is presented may impact the ways in which that stimulus is processed. Behavioral measurements (psychophysics and eye movements), measurement of electrical activity in the human brain using EEG, and measurement of neural activity through fMRI allow a window into patterns of brain activity.  Students will participate in one of 3 projects that explores these themes, either using behavioral, fMRI, or EEG methods.

What Would Be Learned?  After this research experience, students will understand basic experimental design, will have experience running human subjects in either behavioral, EEG, or fMRI experiments, and will be proficient in data analysis using matlab.

How many students are needed?  2

When are they needed?  Immediately

Minimum commitment:  10 hours/week

Minimum terms needed:  1

Necessary qualifications: Intro psychology or Intro neuroscience; interest in and familiarity with computers, especially mac and linux environments, as well as Matlab.

Preferred qualifications: Some computer science coursework (e.g. EGR 150 or equivalent)

This opportunity is ongoing.