Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

HOME Study: Attention and Memory in Early Childhood

This project was expired on 04/03/2018


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Lucy Lurie
Telephone: (206) 221-8505

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Katie McLaughlin
Associate Professor
Department: Psychology
Office: Guthrie 325
Telephone: (206) 616-7863

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? upon request

Direct supervisor of students:

Maya Rosen
Supervisor Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

The Stress and Development Lab examines how experiences of stress and adversity impact children’s development. We are particularly interested in understanding how experiences of stress contribute to risk for mental health problems in children and adolescents. The Stress and Development Lab in partnership with the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences is conducting a neuroimaging study looking at the effects of early life experiences, including socioeconomic status and enrichment of the home environment, on the development of cognitive skills and academic achievement. The current study is a follow up to a previous study in 5- and 6-year olds exploring how these same early life experiences contribute to the development of executive functioning skills. Subjects in this cohort are now 6 and 7 years old. In addition to continuing to assess how these different aspects of children's early experiences contribute to their performance on executive functioning tasks, the current study aims to establish how the neural mechanisms underlying certain components of executive functioning develop and function differently depending on early life experiences using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). We are looking for individuals to help with running fMRI sessions, data entry, and child care as needed.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: As we are working with young children and their families, many sessions will take place outside of normal business hours on evenings and weekends to accommodate families' school and work schedules. Students must have at least 3 evenings a week free and be willing to work 1-2 Saturdays a month.
Student commitment: 1 quarter

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
20 % data entry % video taping % animal care
% database management % interview subjects % animal observation
% encoding data % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
% library research 40 % running subjects % histology
% data collection 20 % child care % laboratory protocols
    % recruiting subjects    


Skills / Experience Preferred

We are looking for someone with a strong background working with children and families and who can demonstrate a high level of organizational skills. Two years of psychology course work and previous research experience are desired, but not required.