In the Social Perception and Cognition lab, we examine how subtle patterns we encounter every day can reinforce and even challenge social inequities. As a lab, we aim to address power differentials among social groups in ways that contribute to scientific knowledge and have clear, broad social benefits.
Want to get involved? Being a research assistant (RA) provides lab-based experience critical to exploring psychology as a career. RA positions in our lab are competitive, and require an application and an interview (about 25% of applicants are accepted). RAs generally help with tasks such as data and stimulus coding, stimulus generation, running participants, and later in their time in the lab, more advanced and intellectually-enriched tasks, such as data analysis. RAs spend 8-10 hours per week in the lab and are asked to commit for 2 semesters in total (the first semester enables us to evaluate if this is a good fit for you). RAs learn a great deal about the basic elements of the research process and can, therefore, complete an RAship for class credit (PSYC 489). Note: We can work with your schedule if you are planning to go abroad in the coming year.
What’s next? If that sounds like something that you are interested in and a commitment you would have room for in your schedule, please email the Principal Investigator (PI) of the lab, Dr. Lamer, using the form below.
Members of underrepresented groups (e.g., first-gen; POC; LGBTQ+) are encouraged to apply!