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Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

GABA and Behavior in Autism (GABA)

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Alex Cole
Telephone: (206) 685-2533
Email: alexcole@uw.edu

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Raphael Bernier
Assistant Professor, Dept of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology
Department: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Office: Psychiatry/Autism Center, CHDD, Box 357920
Telephone: (206) 685-7585
Email: rab2@uw.edu

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

Yes
If yes, how often? Once per quarter.

Direct supervisor of students:

Alex Cole
Supervisor Title: Research Study Assistant
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

The GABA study will use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), magnentic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), and behavioral assessments to investigate how GABA signaling in the brain may differ between adults with and without ASD and how these differences are associated with behavior.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: Mornings or Afternoons, Monday-Friday
Student commitment: 2 quarter minimum

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
30 % data entry 15 % video taping % animal care
10 % database management % interview subjects % animal observation
% encoding data % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
% library research % running subjects % histology
% data collection 15 % child care % laboratory protocols
    % recruiting subjects    

Other:10% assisting clinicians and coordinators with set-up, clean-up, etc. 20% other lab related assignments (faxing, copying, filing, etc.)

Skills / Experience Preferred

We are looking for enthusiastic, responsible, independent and flexible individuals with an interest in gaining an in-depth understanding of research in genetics and autism. Experience with families and children with special needs, computers and other research is desired but not required.