Research Assistantships

Below are the research assistantships available in our department.
Feel free to email the contact individual for that lab.
Please check back as new opportunities are listed on a continuing basis.

Contact: Professor Kyle Cave, kcave@umass.edu
Responsibilities:

Help us write computer programs to control our experiments in visual perception and cognition, and to analyze the results.

Pre-requisites: Programming skill, preferably in R, JavaScript, or Octave/Matlab.
Times you must be available: Flexible
Hours per week: 3 hours/week for each credit earned
Credits: 2-4 credits
Contact: Professor Kyle Cave , kcave@umass.edu
Responsibilities:

You will help us in testing participants in our experiments in visual perception and attention. The experiments may be in the lab or online. Participants will see images on a computer screen and 
will respond with button presses. You will explain the task to them, answer their questions, and make sure they are performing the task correctly. During our lab meetings, you will participate in discussions in which we design new experiments and interpret the data we have collected.
 

Times you must be available: scheduling is flexible
Hours per week: 3 hours/week for each credit earned
Credits: 2-4 credits
Contact: Professor Andrew Cohen , alc@umass.edu
Responsibilities:

The main focus of the lab is decision-making: how are human decisions influenced by a variety of factors such as emotion, culture, stimulus format, delay, personality, sleep, and interruptions.  Visit https://blogs.umass.edu/rdcl/  for more information. 

Current projects include 1) how to best construct and evaluate the success of eyewitness lineups 2) how to best teach Bayesian reasoning concepts 3) how decision-making phenomena affect other tasks.

Minimal requirement are: participating in 1 lab meeting a week (1-1.5 hrs), presenting research or research articles once a semester, recruiting participants, running experiments, and coding data.

Pre-requisites: Juniors and Seniors: Psych 240 (at least a B+) and Psych 241. Freshmen and Sophomores welcome without 240 and 241
Times you must be available: Thursdays 3:50-5:00, plus flexible times to run subjects
Hours per week: 3-9 hours/week (including weekly lab meetings)
Credits: 1-3 credits