Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Linguistic and Conceptual Development in Early Childhood

To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Bahar Sener
Telephone: (206) 543-5174

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor:
Department: Psychology

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Dr. Starr meets weekly with students in lab meetings and one-on-one with students as needed

Direct supervisor of students:

Bahar Sener
Supervisor Title: Lab Manager
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project?

Short Project Description

In the Language, Cognition, and Development Lab we study how children think about the world before and after learning language. We conduct behavioral and eye-tracking experiments with infants, children, and adults. Current projects are focused on memory development and the role of language and spatial representations in helping children organize the order of events in memory.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
Evenings/weekends OK? Yes
Times a student must bepresent/work: We schedule participants from 9am-5pm on weekdays and weekends, so students must be available during the day
Student commitment: 2 quarters

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
20 % library research 40 % running subjects % histology
% data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
20 % recruiting subjects


Skills / Experience Preferred

Experience working with children not required but comfort with talking with parents and children is a must. R and Python knowledge a plus.