UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
*Important - When talking with prospective labs, please be sure to consider/ask:
- Some labs require multiple semester commitments or minimum credit hour commitments
- Some labs only accept Psychology Majors/Minors while others are open to non-majors
- Some labs have paid research assistant positions, while others are research-for-credit or volunteer only
GT Sonification Lab
The GT Sonification Lab conducts interdisciplinary research at the intersection of nontraditional human-computer interfaces, human perception, and accessible and universal design.
Working on research in the Sonification Lab can complement courses such as cognitive psychology, sensation and perception, and engineering psychology, as well as build skills in designing and conducting experiments. There are also opportunities for students with skills in computer science or music technology in areas such as front-end user interface programming/design and sound design.
The Sonification Lab has a variety of ongoing projects, including:
Auditory Displays: Current research on auditory displays focuses on enabling people to play fantasy sports, learn about the solar system, and experience the Georgia Aquarium, all through sound.
In-Vehicle User Interfaces: We are exploring novel ways of using sound and visuals to help drivers understand critical but complex data such as fuel consumption and the activities of automated driving systems
Accessible Education Tools: Tools are being developed to help blind or low-vision students learn critical STEM skills such as interpreting graphs, using real weather data, and exploring physics simulations.
Auditory Augmented Reality: We are currently researching how to best utilize emerging technologies to allow audio entertainment and other content to be consumed without blocking out the sounds of the real world.
Contact Keenan May (email@example.com) if you are interested in contributing to research in the Sonification Lab. For more information visit http://sonify.psych.gatech.edu.
Meaning of Work Content Analysis
Have you ever held a job that you found truly fulfilling? Or have you ever held a job that you found extremely boring? How did you describe the experience of these jobs when talking with your friends and family? That is what we here at the Work Science Center are interested in! We want to know how workers experience their jobs and if that experience has changed across time. To accomplish this, we are planning a study that compares how individuals in the past have described their jobs to how individuals describe their jobs now. If you're interested in helping us with this project please email Alex LoPilato at firstname.lastname@example.org
Computational Cognition Lab
The Computational Cognition Lab is recruiting motivated undergraduate research assistants for the Fall 2016 semester. Regardless of major any student looking to gain research experience for course credit is welcome to apply, no experience required. Current and planned projects aim to investigate the cognitive processes of language and word selection through behavioral and fMRI methodologies. Research assistants will earn credit while engaging hands on with many aspects of the research process such as: participant recruitment, experiment construction, experiment administration, data entry, and data analysis.
Interested parties should contact Rob Ashwill at email@example.com
Research on Cognition in Adulthood and Late Life (ReCALL) Lab
The RecALL Lab is currently recruiting motivated research assistants who wants to gain hands-on research experience in ReCALL Lab starting from Fall 2016 for course credit or as volunteers. Students from any major are welcome to apply. No prior research experience is necessary. Research Assistants will have the opportunity to work on a number of projects including behavioral and EEG studies of working memory training, and age-related changes in perception of emotional information. Research assistants will have the opportunity to develop numerous skills including but not limited to recruitment of subjects, running laboratory experiments, data entry, and statistical analysis.
For more information or to apply for the position, please contact Dr. Paul Verhaeghen at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
To learn more about the projects in our lab, please visit our lab website: https://sites.google.com/site/verhaeghenlabgatech/home.
Team Dynamics Lab
Are you interested in receiving research experience while making yourself more competitive for graduate school? The Team Dynamics Lab directed by Dr. Jamie Gorman is looking for responsible undergraduates to assist with research activities.
We offer semester-long opportunities to gain research experience (9 hours per week???3 hours course credit, or 6 hours per week???2 hours course credit) in the fields of interpersonal movement coordination, team cognition, and interpersonal neural processes. Research assistants will have the opportunity to hone their research skills in any of the following areas:
- Collection and analysis of movement data (Vicon motion tracking)
- Collection and analysis of computer-mediated communication data
- Collection and analysis of brainwave data (20-channel dry EEG)
- Dynamical systems analysis and modeling (Java; MatLab)
- Statistical testing and analysis (SAS; SPSS)
- Opportunities for collaboration on peer-reviewed papers and presentations
Research assistants will gain experience by working with the lab director (Dr. Gorman), a graduate student mentor, and other members of the research team to (a) develop, carry out, and report the results of experiments, (b) discuss research and other scientific ideas during weekly lab meetings, and (c) problem solve to address questions or concerns that come up during the research process.
If you are interested, then please email email@example.com
Decision Processes Lab
Want research experience? Considering grad school?
The newest psychology lab on campus is in need of motivated undergrads (like you) to fill a number of open research assistant positions.
Dr. Rick Thomas leads our group as we investigate the cognitive processes that underlie human decision making in applied domains.
We use computer-based experiments, EEG, eye-tracking, flight simulators, Google Glass, and Occulus Rifts in our empirical work. Our computational models of cognitive processes are built in R, MatLab, and Mathematica.
Contact us for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cognitive Ergonomics Lab
The Cognitive Ergonomics Lab (CEL) is looking for undergraduate research assistants for the Spring and Summer semesters. Positions are available for 3 credit hours (10 hours of effort a week). If you choose to apply for the position, you will be involved in all aspects of the research process, participate in weekly lab meetings, and have the opportunity to interact closely with the graduate students and faculty working on important engineering psychology/human factors issues in healthcare. Many URAs have gone on to present their work in the lab at conferences.
The CEL investigates the relationship between human operators and the technology they use in dynamic environments, such as healthcare. In one project, we are investigating the spread of infectious diseases, such as Ebola, while healthcare providers don and doff personal protective equipment. Other research examines how critical care nurses detect threats to their performance, how they implement strategies to combat these threats, and how they choose what strategy to use. Please visit our website at http://cel.gatech.edu/. We are located in the J.S. Coon Building. If you are interested in one of the positions, please email Joel Mumma at email@example.com.
Human Factors & Aging Lab
Research opportunities are available for the Spring 2017 semester in the Human Factors and Aging (HFA) Laboratory at Georgia Tech (http://hfaging.gatech.edu ). The HFA laboratory seeks to understand the fundamentals of psychology and apply this knowledge to improving human-technology interactions for adults of all ages and abilities. Check out the lab's website (http://hfaging.gatech.edu ) for information on the research the HFES lab is currently engaged in, including trust in automation, aging in place, human-robot interaction, wellness management technologies, social connectedness, and more.
If this sounds interesting to you, please email Sean McGlynn (firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>) to discuss the various opportunities. You would be signing up for course credit under PSYC 2699 (Freshman/Sophomore) or 4699 (Junior/Senior). The lab encourages students to register for 2 to 3 credits, where 1 credit hour equals 3 hours of work per week, but preference will be given to those who are willing to register for 3 credits. The lab also has a recommended minimum GPA of 3.0, although exceptions may be made in special cases.
Selected candidates will be performing various tasks throughout the semester including (but not limited to) working with graduate students on projects, performing lab duties (e.g. scanning documents, performing literature reviews, calling participants, scoring tests, and transcribing interviews). Dedicated students that would like to work with the lab over multiple semesters are also encouraged, and if interested, senior thesis projects are often available.
Your letter grade will depend on successfully completing your hourly requirements and your dependability and willingness to work on projects.
Please note, as this course does not "fill up", Sean McGlynn (firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>) can meet with you and allow you to sign up until the drop/add date.
Memory & Aging Lab
The Memory and Aging lab is currently recruiting new research assistants to begin in Spring 2017 or Summer 2017. Students from any major are welcome to apply. Research Assistants will have the opportunity to work on a number of projects including EEG and fMRI studies investigating age-related changes in episodic memory functioning. Research assistants will have the opportunity to develop numerous skills relevant to cognitive neuroscience research including experimental design, data analysis, and interpretation, and scientific writing. For more information or to apply for the position, please contact Dr. Audrey Duarte at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Perception, Neuroimaging, and Modeling Lab
The Perception, Neuroimaging, and Modeling (PNM) Lab is looking for motivated research assistants to join the lab for course credit or as volunteers. Undergraduates from different departments are welcome. No prior research experience is necessary. Research assistants will have two options for involvement: 1) as in traditional research assistant positions, they could work with a graduate student or postdoc on existing studies involving functional MRI, TMS, and behavioral studies on visual perception, or 2) they could lead their own project and become first author on the resulting publication. Students interested in the second option need to know how to program in MATLAB, or Python, or Java. More information can be found on our lab website: rahnevlab.gatech.edu. Interested students should contact Dr. Dobromir Rahnev at email@example.com.
Hertzog Adult Cognition Laboratory
The Hertzog Adult Cognition Laboratory is recruiting talented undergraduate research assistants (Psych 2699 & 4699) who want to gain hands-on research experience for Spring 2017.
The Adult Cognition Lab will be running experiments investigating learning, reasoning and memory. Experiments include:
1. How university students' casual reasoning is impacted based on knowledge and thinking styles.
2. How aging affects memory and whether it also affects older adults' learning strategies and monitoring of memory performance.
3. Assessing older adults' reported experiences with everyday memory failures, their common memory complaints, and the strategies they use to compensate for age-related changes in memory by conducting interviews.
Interested students should meet the following criteria: Have an interest in psychology, be independently motivated, be personable and enjoy interacting with people, including older adults, be friendly, be timely, and pay attention to detail. No previous research experience is necessary.
Contact Emily Lustig (firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>) with inquiries and questions.
Georgia Tech PARK Lab
The Georgia Tech PARK Lab (formerly Knowledge and Skill Lab) is seeking research assistants for Summer 2016 and beyond. Positions are available for credit or for pay.
There will be three main projects in the lab this summer.
1. Developing a selection/classification battery for Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) pilots for the U.S. Navy. This project involves development and refinement of assessments of abilities and non-ability traits (e.g., personality, motivation, interests, self-concept, background experiences) to maximize person-job fit.
2. Investigating the relationship between individual levels of ability, task performance, self-reports of effort and fatigue, and physiological indicators of cognitive and affective reactions during performance of a complex task. The project involves collecting physiological data during multiple sessions over the course of skill acquisition on an air traffic control simulation.
3. Assessing informal reasoning (i.e., reasoning about complex, open-ended issues) and its relationship to ability and non-ability traits.
Duties associated with some or all of the current projects include:
-Recruiting participants and running laboratory sessions, including sessions where the participants learn to operate a non-combat military aerial drone simulator
-Collecting and processing physiological data (heart rate, galvanic skin response)
-Scoring/coding open-ended participant responses and Internet search behavior
-Assisting with development of new assessments of ability and non-ability traits
-Entering and checking data
-Other office duties as needed
Applicants who are psychology majors or who have completed substantial coursework in psychology are preferred.
Due to export control regulations associated with one of our current grants, only US Citizens may work in the lab at this time.
For more information or to apply, visit kanfer-ackerman.gatech.edu or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cognitive Neuroscience @ Tech Research Laboratory (CoNTRoL)
Our laboratory is located in the Center for Advanced Brain Imaging at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the School of Psychology. We use a variety of experimental techniques, including: behavioral testing, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and patient testing to investigate the neural mechanisms for vision, attention, memory, learning, and cognitive control. Undergraduate research assistants typically work with graduate students or post-docs to plan experiments, collect data, analyze data and interpret the results.
We are always interested in hiring for credit, interested and motivated undergraduates. Please check out our website for more information: http://control.gatech.edu/ and/or email email@example.com if you would like to apply. We look forward to hearing from you!
Problem Solving and Educational Technology [PSET] lab
We are looking for psychology majors to join our lab ("Problem Solving and Educational Technology" [PSET] lab) for the Spring and Summer semesters and possibly beyond. These positions would be for course credit. In our lab, we do projects that typically have some educational emphasis, for example, using a model of learning to improve materials for teaching physics, or the use of multimedia for teaching how devices work, or to do app programming on phones.
To learn more about the projects in our lab, please visit our lab website:
We have a variety of projects that are ongoing and we need help with different aspects ranging from running subjects, to coding data, to helping with the development of the experimental materials, etc.
If you are interested in learning more about this, please contact Angela Yoo (firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>) ASAP and she will be happy to meet and discuss the positions with you. The qualities we are looking for in undergraduate research assistants are reliability, smarts, willingness to work hard (at least for the number of hours a week that we agree on!), and a certain degree of cheerfulness and cleanliness.