Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Growth & Behavioral Development in Macaque Monkeys

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Infant primate lab
Telephone: (206) 543-3707

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor:
Department: Psychology

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? By appointment

Direct supervisor of students:

Noelle McKain
Supervisor Title: Research Scientist, Primate Center
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project?

Short Project Description

The Infant Primate Lab is a nationally recognized laboratory dedicated to research on the behavioral development (learning, memory, play behavior) of infant macaque monkeys. As a 499 student, you will be exposed to a diverse number of scientific studies and participate in hands-on research with young monkeys. Research in the laboratory is primarily concerned with the treatment and prevention of developmental disabilities. Student activities in the lab are diverse and include testing infant monkeys on a series of cognitive tasks involving learning and memory. This involves presenting the monkey with learning problems (setting up and presenting trials where small plastic toys are used as stimuli), rewarding them with fruit when responses are correct and scoring all responses on laptop computers. A secondary project involves providing the laboratory animals with psychological enrichment. The unique and exciting environment of our laboratory is especially appropriate for students of biology, psychology, and zoology.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 10
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: Five days a week
Student commitment: priority given to students that can make a two quarter commitment and/or who have junior or senior class status.

499 Responsibilities

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

Other:Percentage of time greater if doing the cognitive testing, environmental enrichment requires no data collection, but focuses on psychological enrichment in a laboratory setting.

Skills / Experience Preferred

Must be comfortable being around animals housed in a laboratory