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Alibali, Martha; Cognitive Development and Communication Lab
Auger, Anthony; Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Research Lab
Austerweil, Joseph; Austerweil Lab
Berridge, Craig; Neural Bases of Behavior Lab
Brauer, Markus; Brauer Lab Group
Research Foci: Group processes, prejudice, sustainability, social interventions Contact: Markus Brauer, email@example.com
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Application: http://psych.wisc.edu/Brauer/BrauerLab/index.php/join-us/prospective- research-assistants/
Lab website: http://psych.wisc.edu/Brauer/BrauerLab/
Curtin, John; Addiction Research Center
Research Foci: Our program of research focuses broadly on psychological and neural mechanisms that are involved in risk, prevention, and intervention for patients with alcohol and other drug (AOD) use disorders.
Minimum GPA: 3.5 (slightly flexible depending on interest and commitment)
Contact: John Curtin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lab website: https://arc.psych.wisc.edu
Davidson, Richard; The Center for Healthy Minds
Research Foci: We study the neural bases of emotion and anxiety and mood disorders; neural, biological and behavioral mechanisms of well-being; interventions to promote well-being; and mindfulness-based interventions.
Minimum GPA: 3.0 (firm) Some lab supervisors may require higher GPAs.
Location: The Center for Healthy Minds (625 West Washington Avenue), The Waisman Center, and Brogden Psychology Building.
Lab website: https://centerhealthyminds.org/
Contact: Brittany Thomson, Brittany.email@example.com
How to Apply: https://centerhealthyminds.org/about/employment
Devine, Patricia; Prejudice and Intergroup Relations Lab
Research Foci: We are interested in how people manage the intrapersonal and interpersonal challenges associated with prejudice in our contemporary society.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: Psychology 202; enrolled or completed Psychology 225
Lab website: https://devinelab.psych.wisc.edu
Contact: Nicole Huth: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Apply: https://devinelab.psych.wisc.edu/join-our-lab/
Gernsbacher, Morton Ann; Gernsbacher Lab
Research Foci: We research cognitive neuroscience of human communication and attention. We’re also interested in atypical communication and cognition, as well as electronically mediated communication (including electronic interaction for online learning and education).
Lab website: http://www.gernsbacherlab.org/
Contact: Noelle Smith, email@example.com
Goldsmith, Hill; Wisconsin Twin Research Lab
Research Foci: We study the nature and sources of emotional individuality, and risk for anxiety and behavioral challenges of early development.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: No specific requirement, but average GPA of research assistants is over 3.5
Location: Waisman Center
Lab website: https://goldsmithtwins.waisman.wisc.edu
Contact: Nicole Schmidt, firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Apply: https://goldsmithtwins.waisman.wisc.edu/join-the-lab/
Gooding, Diane; PATHS Lab
Research Foci: Our primary research focus is on schizophrenia and schizophrenia-spectrum disorders.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: 3.2 GPA, Psychology 405 (Abnormal Psych ) and 225 (can be taking it concurrently)
Lab website: https://psych.wisc.edu/gooding/pathslab/
How to Apply: Contact Professor Gooding, email@example.com
Green, C. Shawn; Learning and Transfer Lab
Research Foci: Our research interests focus on human learning – particularly in the perceptual and cognitive domains.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: minimum GPA of 3.0 (although flexible depending on interest, courses taken, etc).
Lab website: https://greenlab.psych.wisc.edu/
Contact: Jocelyn Parong: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Apply: https://greenlab.psych.wisc.edu/prospective-lab-members/#prospective-undergraduate-researchers
Harackiewicz, Judith; Goal Setting and Intrinsic Motivation Lab
Research Foci: We are interested in human motivation, specifically intrinsic motivation, interest, and achievement motivation.
How to Apply: Contact Professor Judy Harackiewicz, email@example.com
Li, James; Social and Behavioral Development Lab
Research Foci: We investigate genetic and environmental factors that contribute to individual differences in the development of child ADHD and other externalizing disorders (i.e., oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder).
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: Minimum GPA of 3.5, at least sophomore standing.
Lab website: https://lilab.waisman.wisc.edu
Contact: Sharon Wang, firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Apply: https://lilab.waisman.wisc.edu/students/#undergraduate-research-assistants
MacDonald, Maryellen & Mark Seidenberg; Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
Marler, Catherine; The Marler Lab
Research Foci: Our research centers around bi-directional interactions between endocrinology, animal behavior and the social environment.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: Some biology coursework
Lab website: https://marlerlab.psych.wisc.edu/
Contact: Professor Marler, email@example.com
How to Apply: https://marlerlab.psych.wisc.edu/join-us/
Niedenthal, Paula; Neidenthal Emotions Lab
Pollak, Seth; Child Emotion Lab
Research Foci: Our research focuses on the influences of social risk factors on children’s brain and behavioral development, with particular focus on emotions, learning, and children’s health.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: 3.5 GPA or higher recommended; coursework in Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, and/or Behavioral Neuroscience is recommended.
Lab website: https://childemotion.waisman.wisc.edu/
Contact: Anna Bechner, firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Apply: https://childemotion.waisman.wisc.edu/for-students/
Postle, Brad; Postlab
Research Foci: Our interests in human memory and cognition encompass the cognitive and neural bases of working memory, attention, control, and consciousness.
Locations: Brogden Psychology Building and Wisconsin Psychiatric Institute for and Clinic (6001 Research Park Boulevard)
Lab website: https://postlab.psych.wisc.edu/
How to Apply: Contact Jacqueline Fulvio, email@example.com
Rogers, Tim; Knowledge and Concepts Lab
Research Foci: We are interested in understanding human semantic memory; that is, our knowledge about the meanings of words, objects, and events.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: 3.5 GPA or higher, a course in Cognitive Psychology
Lab website: http://concepts.psych.wisc.edu/
How to Apply: Contact Professor Tim Rogers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryff, Carol; Institute on Aging & MIDUS
Research Foci: Our research is strongly multidisciplinary and focuses on how various aspects of psychological well-being are contoured by broad social structural influences such as age, gender, socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and culture as well as how psychological well-being is linked with biological factors (e.g., neuroendocrine regulation, inflammatory processes, cardiovascular risk)
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: sophomore or junior standing preferred
Lab websites: http://www.aging.wisc.edu/ and http://www.midus.wisc.edu/
How to Apply: Contact Professor Carol Ryff, email@example.com
Saffran, Jenny; Infant Learning Lab
Research Foci: We study how infants and young children do such things asL learn language, learn the meanings of words, find the patterns in language and track the properties of speech.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: Minimum GPA: 3.0 (with exceptions), some coursework in psychology and/or communication sciences preferred
Lab website: https://infantlearning.waisman.wisc.edu/
How to Apply: https://infantlearning.waisman.wisc.edu/for-students/
Contact: Send resume, unofficial student record, and a brief letter of interest to the lab manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saffran, Jenny, Susan Ellis Weismer (Affiliate) & Jan Edwards (Affiliate); Little Listeners Project
Research Foci: The goal of the Little Listeners Project is to better understand why some children with ASD have a difficult time learning language, and what we might be able to do to help.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: Minimum GPA: 3.0 (with exceptions)
Lab website: https://littlelisteners.waisman.wisc.edu/
How to Apply: https://littlelisteners.waisman.wisc.edu/for-students/
Contact: Send resume and unofficial student record to Kristine Millard, email@example.com
Schloss, Karen; Schloss Visual Reasoning Lab
Research Foci: Our main line of research investigates how colors influence the way people think, feel, and behave. We are especially interested in how colors can communicate abstract information, and how using color to signal that information can make the world easier to navigate and more enjoyable to experience. We have previously focused on color aesthetics and data visualization, but we are beginning to explore how colors can help people navigate rich 3D environments by using virtual reality. We also have a secondary line of research on perceptual organization and visual illusions. Studies in that line investigate how contextual elements influence the perceived shape and motion of other elements in a configuration.
Lab website: https://schlosslab.discovery.wisc.edu/
How to Apply: Contact Lab manager: Maddy Parker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shutts, Kristin; Social Kids Lab
Research Foci: We study social cognitive development, with a particular interest in the development of social categories and intergroup bias in infancy and early childhood.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: No minimum, above 3.0 preferred
Location: Waisman Center, 1500 Highland Avenue
Lab website: https://socialkids.waisman.wisc.edu/
How to Apply: https://socialkids.waisman.wisc.edu/students/
Contact: Maddy Henkel, email@example.com
Ward, Emily; Visual Cognition Lab
Research Foci: The Visual Cognition Lab is broadly interested in the scope and limits of visual perception, with an emphasis on how perception interacts with consciousness and other cognitive processes.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: None –we’re interested in getting a balance of students with different skills/backgrounds/experience in the lab. Students should have some basic familiarity with cognitive science and/or with research methods in psychology and should be comfortable working with computers.
Lab website: https://emilyward.org/wordpress/
How to Apply: Contact Professor Emily Ward, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Stir, Stav; School of Business
Website: Stav Atir: https://stavatir.com/
Research Foci: When do people think they know more than they do? Why do students hate the most effective learning strategies? How much can you learn from a causal conversation with a stranger? I tackle these and other questions in my research on how people think about their own knowledge and learning.
Location: Wisconsin School of Business (Grainger Hall)
How to Apply: Email Prof. Stav Atir at email@example.com
Bolt, Daniel; Educational Psychology
Research Foci: My interests are in the theory and application of psychometric methods in education and psychology.
How to Apply: Contact Professor Daniel Bolt, firstname.lastname@example.org
Costanzo, Erin; Psychiatry; Psychosocial Oncology Lab
Research Foci: Our research focuses on the role of psychological factors in the health and well-being of adult cancer patients. Investigations focus on psychological, biological, and behavioral factors that affect recovery from cancer treatment.
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Contact: Erin Costanzo, email@example.com
Dilworth-Bart, Janean; Human Development and Family Studies
Research Foci: My scholarship revolves around how early developmental contexts help or hinder children’s development into competent, productive members of society.
Location: Waisman Center
How to Apply: Contact Professor Janean Dilworth-Bart, firstname.lastname@example.org
Herringa, Ryan; Psychiatry
Lab website: BRAVE Research Center: https://brave.psychiatry.wisc.edu/
Research foci: Using neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry, we are exploring brain-body mechanisms of vulnerability and resilience to childhood trauma.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: 3.0 GPA
How to Apply: https://brave.psychiatry.wisc.edu/join-the-lab/ or contact email@example.com
Johnson, Sterling; Medicine
Website: Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention (WRAP) Study website: https://wrap.wisc.edu/
Website: Wisconsin Alzheimers Disease Research Center: http://brainmap.wisc.edu/
Research Foci: Dr. Johnson is a clinical neuropsychologist with research interests in brain function in Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.
Location: Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Clinical Science Center (J5/1M) – MC2420. 600 Highland Ave. Madison, WI, 53792
How to Apply: Contact Professor Sterling Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Amy Hawley: 265-2201
Kalin, Ned; Psychiatry
Research Foci: The Kalin Lab combines molecular, preclinical animal models, and human functional imaging studies to understand the neurobiological mechanisms underlying anxiety and mood disorders.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: No requirement, but averages above 3.5, sophomore standing
Location: WisPIC building, 6001 Research Park Boulevard
How to Apply: Contact Patrick Roseboom, PhD at e-mail: email@example.com
Kalish, Charles; Educational Psychology
Lab website: The Study of Children’s Thinking: https://web.education.wisc.edu/cwkalish/soct/
Research Foci: Our lab focuses on child development, specifically how children use what they’ve seen in the past to make predictions about the future and how children generalize from a sample to a broader population.
Location: Educational Sciences/ Various sites- Madison Children’s Museum, Daycares, Afterschool Programs
How to Apply: https://web.education.wisc.edu/cwkalish/?page_id=53
Kirkorian, Heather; Human Development and Family Studies
Website: Cognitive Development and Media Lab: https://sites.google.com/site/kirkorianlab/home
Research Foci: My research interests lie at the intersection of cognitive development, media effects, and family studies.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: None specified. Preference will be given to students who have taken and done well in courses on early childhood development and/or research methods
Location: 2208 Nancy Nicholas Hall (Human Ecology building)
How to Apply: https://sites.google.com/site/kirkorianlab/get-involved
Koenigs, Michael; Psychiatry
Website: Koenigs Lab: http://koenigslab.psychiatry.wisc.edu/
Research Foci: The goal of our research is to identify and characterize the psychological and neurobiological mechanisms underlying deficits in human emotion, decision-making, and social behavior.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: 3.2 GPA
Location: WisPIC, Psychology, and/or prison
How to Apply: Contact Professor Michael Koenigs, firstname.lastname@example.org
Litovsky, Ruth; Communication Sciences and Disorders
Website: Binaural Hearing & Speech Lab: https://bhsl.waisman.wisc.edu
Research Foci: In the Litovsky lab, we study binaural hearing in persons who have normal hearing and in persons who are deaf and use cochlear implants (CIs). We are interested in whether CI users can benefit from having two (bilateral) CIs and whether, for children, having bilateral CIs at a young age offers unique advantages.
Location: UW Waisman Center
How to Apply: Contact Shelly Godar, email@example.com
Lutfi, Robert; Communication Sciences and Disorders
Lab: Auditory Behavioral Research Lab
Research Foci: Dr. Lutfi’s research focuses on human auditory perception. He is particularly interested in how one’s ability to detect and recognize complex sounds is affected by both lawful and random variation in sound, as occurs in nature.
How to Apply: Contact Professor Robert Lutfi, Lutfi@waisman.wisc.edu
Matthews, Percival; Educational Psychology
Website: Math Education Learning and Development (MELD)Lab: https://web.education.wisc.edu/pmatthews/
Website: Longitudinal Analysis of Mathematical Brain Development and Abilities (LAMBDA) Project: http://website.education.wisc.edu/lambda/
Research Foci: We study mathematical cognition with two overarching primary goals: 1) to understand some basic underpinnings of human cognition, and 2) to find ways to leverage this understanding into effective pedagogical techniques that can be used to impact the life chances of everyday people.
Location: Educational Sciences/ Various sites
How to Apply: Contact Professor Percival Matthews, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mutlu, Bilge; Computer Science
Website: Wisconsin Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory: http://hci.cs.wisc.edu
Research Foci: My research program builds human-centered methods and principles for designing robotic technologies that help people communicate, work, and pursue personal goals and draws on a transdisciplinary design research process that combines aspects of design, computer science, and social and cognitive sciences.
Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Research Assistants: 3.2
Location: Computer Sciences Department (across Johnson Street from Psychology Department)
How to Apply: http://hci.cs.wisc.edu/join-us/
Contact: Bilge Mutlu, email@example.com
Piper, Megan; Medicine
Website: Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention: https://ctri.wisc.edu/
Research Foci: Dr. Piper’s NIH-funded research focuses on understanding and treating tobacco dependence, with an additional interest in different populations of smokers who have more difficulty quitting, such as women and smokers with mental illness. Her research includes helping smokers quit as well as understanding dependence on novel tobacco products such as electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).
Location: 1930 Monroe St.
How to Apply: Contact Professor Megan Piper, firstname.lastname@example.org; 608-265-5472