Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Electrophysiology of Language Learning

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Margarita Zeitlin
Telephone: (206) 543-3649

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Lee Osterhout
Department: Psychology
Office: Guthrie 225
Telephone: (206) 543-4177

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? As needed, or as requested by student

Direct supervisor of students:

Margarita Zeitlin, Iris Kuo
Supervisor Title: Graduate Student
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

In our lab, we use EEG to investigate the changes in brain activity that occur throughout second-language learning and loss; the time course and nature of real-time sentence comprehension in native speakers; and the variability in individual differences observed among these populations. We are looking for motivated students to help with data collection. Students will be trained in two different EEG systems, and will have the opportunity to learn about experimental design, data processing, and data analysis in the context of language-related research.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: Students must be able to schedule all of their hours on Mondays through Fridays 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Student commitment: We are looking for a commitment of at least 3 quarters.

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
5 % data entry % video taping % animal care
% database management % interview subjects % animal observation
% encoding data 5 % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
% library research 90 % running subjects % histology
% data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    % recruiting subjects    


Skills / Experience Preferred

Research experiences working with human subjects preferred but not required. Comfort with Excel and familiarity with SPSS. Organized, flexible, dependable, and motivated to learn experimental and analysis methods in neuroscience.