Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Infant Social Cognition

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Rechele Brooks

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor:
Department: Psychology

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often?

Direct supervisor of students:

Rechele Brooks, Ph.D.
Supervisor Title: Research Scientist
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project?

Short Project Description

The projects in our labs all concern "social cognition" -- how young children interpret the actions of people and social interactions. Some of topics include joint attention, including infant gaze following and pointing. Our 499 students are involved in a wide range of jobs in the lab, including scheduling appointments for participants and their families, behavioral observation coding from video recorded test sessions, data entry and management, and coding parent questionnaires. We try to assign tasks in the lab to each student based on their past experience, interests, and future career goals.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: Flexible, but between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday-Friday.
Student commitment: Minimum of 2 quarter commitment.

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
15 % data entry 0 % video taping 0 % animal care
15 % database management 0 % interview subjects 0 % animal observation
25 % encoding data 25 % scheduling appt 0 % surgical techniques
5 % library research 0 % running subjects 0 % histology
0 % data collection 15 % child care 0 % laboratory protocols
0 % recruiting subjects


Skills / Experience Preferred

Good interpersonal (able to talk to parents and children) and organizational skills are required. Experience with children is preferred, but not necessary.