In case you missed the event on Tuesday, September 3:
Research labs in attendance
Early Math Learning Project
Interested in how to optimize children’s motivation and achievement in school?
Focus: We are interested in how children develop math skills in the early elementary school years as well as the role parents play in this. Undergraduates will help us code video/audio recordings of parents or parent-child interactions around math.
Your contribution: We are looking for motivated students who are meticulous, organized, and thoughtful. Ability to work in the lab longer than one semester is a big plus! Must be willing to commit at least 9 hours a week to the lab for the first semester. PSYC 290 credit is available.
The Infant Cognition Lab is a fun, collaborative environment where students work together to perform and code violation-of-expectation tasks for children 3-months to 3-years of age. We will be looking for students to join our lab in Spring 2020 and/or Summer Session II 2020. Interested students can find us at the 290 Fair or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> .
Research in the SimonsLab explores the mechanisms of attention, perception, memory, and thinking. We adopt methods ranging from real-world and video-based approaches to computer-based psychophysical techniques, and we use basic behavioral measures, eye tracking, simulator studies, and training studies. This diversity of approaches helps establish closer links between basic research on the mechanisms of the mind and the practical consequences and implications of those findings in our daily lives.
Research in the Language Production Lab focuses on how speech is supported by learning and memory. When we speak, we learn and create habits that affect what we are likely to say in the future. We study this learning in a number of different levels, including how we make syllables and how we choose sentence structures. A 290 in the Language Production Lab usually includes helping us create items for experiments, running participants, and labeling the data collected during experiments.
The Attachment, Personality, and Emotion Lab is seeking undergraduate research assistants for Fall 2019. This semester, the lab will consist of two research teams. One team will focus on data collection for a two-hour study that examines romantic partners in a non-stressful and stressful conversation. Specifically, RAs will be responsible for running a study that involves questionnaires, a brainstorming conversation task, videotaping of the couples, and a video review session with the couple. The other team will focus on coding the way in which couples communicate based on the videorecordings from the study. If you would like to apply to work as a research assistant in the lab, please fill out an application at < http://bit.ly/2kr8HYu> by Friday, September 6.
Our schedule is mostly full for Fall 2019, except that we have one opening for a student who is free on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, 9am-noon! If those two morning times fit your schedule, please apply for Fall 2019. If you don't have those mornings free, we hope you'll apply later in the semester for Spring 2020.
Students can learn about and participate in many aspects of research in language acquisition, including any of the following:
- helping to design materials for experiments
- testing toddlers, preschoolers, and adults in experiments
- transcription and coding of children's speech
- coding visual fixations from videotapes
- learning to use an automatic eye-tracker
We need reliable, energetic students with an interest in language and speech. Previous experience with children and prior coursework in cognitive psychology, speech & hearing, or linguistics are very helpful. New students in the lab sign up for 3 credit hours of PSYC 290, and work 3 3-hour shifts in the lab; experienced students continuing in the lab may sign up for 2 credit hours, and work 2 3-hour shifts in the lab.
If you are interested in language and in children, and have room in your schedule for a Psych 290, we hope you'll apply. Please copy this application into an email message and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To ensure we receive your application please use the subject line PSYC 290 Application [semester] [year] [your name] with the bracketed areas replaced with your information.
The Personality and Cognition Lab (PAC Lab) studies the development of individual differences, broadly construed. Common topics include personality and cognition (obviously), but also motivation, health, academic achievement, interests, parenting, hormones, and substance use. We tackle these broad domains of study from a developmental behavior genetic perspective.
Youth Research Collaboration is a community-university partnership between the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club and faculty and students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The youth-focused participatory action project is designed to help adolescents (ages 13 – 19 years old) develop civic and community engagement skills. By civic and community engagement we mean taking an interest in social, political, and education issues in the communities in which youth live and finding ways to contribute to the health and development of those communities. Our current work focuses on gun violence in the community.
The ultimate goal of the research is to explain the development of adult psychopathology, with a focus on the role of emotional processes. My research is not limited to a single circumscribed etiological factor or experimental paradigm. This is important because of the overwhelming evidence that psychopathological conditions are complex and multidetermined.
Contact Ariana Castro Leon - email@example.com for an application
We are interested in understanding fundamental mechanisms in vision and attention, broadly construed, as well as the impact of emotional information on cognitive processing. Currently, some of our main projects include:
Ξ A characterization of the contribution of parallel peripheral vision to our rich sense of the world. We focused on analyzing performance in very simple visual search tasks to illustrate that there is a surprisingly large amount of information that can be successfully extracted in parallel from peripheral vision. However, extracting this information takes time, so analysis of the temporal variability in these tasks allows us to identify the underlying mechanisms of parallel peripheral vision. In this project, we use a combination of psychophysical methods, computational modeling, eye-tracking, and EEG.
ʘ Investigation on the relationship between distracting stimuli and their impact on performance. We developed a framework to help categorize different cognitive phenomena and what each can tell us about distraction and distractor processing. Importantly, we demonstrated that distracting stimuli are processed fundamentally differently in “distractor-interference paradigms” (e.g., Flanker, Stroop, Simon tasks) than in paradigms where the distractor stimuli are unrelated to the task (e.g., Inattentional Blindness, Gaze aversion). We use psychophysical and eye-tracking methods, as well as measures of individual differences.
Ǿ Investigation of the interaction between emotion and cognition. We investigate the effects of emotional stimuli on cognitive tasks, like time perception and Posner Cueing. Further, we are also interested in the effect of our sense of agency on the interaction between emotion and cognition. Does the illusory (or real) perception of control over experimental events changes the way we experience and react to those events? We study these effects in individuals who vary in their emotional profile and mood. We use psychophysical methods, fMRI, eletrodermal activity measurements, and measures of individual differences.
Other ongoing lines of research include: the study of priming in visual search, the predictive role of the visual system, implicit learning, the role that alpha oscillations play in awareness and cognition, and mind-wandering.
My research program has four major thrusts: a) to examine systems change processes in the response to social issues (namely, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and juvenile delinquency) and the role of collaborative settings in facilitating such change; b) to explore the experiences of individuals as they navigate complex systems (formal systems such as criminal justice, human service, health care, as well as informal systems such as faith-based settings, sororities, and social networks); c) to investigate the effectiveness of social interventions that aim to alter the contexts of individuals’ lives to promote health and well-being; and d) to examine the gendered nature and context of intimate partner violence.
Contact Hope Holland for application details - firstname.lastname@example.org
Our lab is always on the lookout for curious, motivated people who share a passion for research! If you are interested in joining our lab as a research assistant or if you are a prospective graduate student (and if you happen to enjoy bad jokes and good pizza), please email Dov Cohen or one of the graduate students.