The newly founded Education & Cognitive Science Lab (ECS Lab: Principal Investigator, Lisa Hsin) is seeking undergraduates to support a variety of research activities investigating, broadly, linguistic and social-cognitive development in children ages 3 to 14. We focus on questions around how language and cognition shape students’ academic and social development: How do children use multiple perspectives on a topic to support the expression of their beliefs about it? What role does being bilingual / speaking multiple languages play in students’ ability to construct written arguments? How do students grasp and engage with multiple linguistic genres of academic text? What is the structure of the underlying mental system that gives rise to...
Student research assistants help with data collection, usually with 2-6 year old children and local preschools and elementary schools....
Required AvailabilitySpring 2017
Approximately 550 Head Start preschool children were enrolled in an intervention study to determine the effectiveness of an intervention to improve social and emotional well-being and school readiness. We are now assessing these children 2 years later, in 1st grade, to see what lasting impact the intervention had. Students selected for this research opportunity will become part of a team that visits schools and assesses children. While one team member interviews the child, another monitors physiological responses related to stress (e.g., changes in heart rate and skin conductance). This is used to help us understand individual differences in children's responses to a non-threatening but novel encounter with a stranger asking them to do a se...
Preferred MajorsAnthropology | Biology | Biology/Biochemistry | Early Childhood Education | Early Childhood Education | Educational Psychology | Psychology
KeywordsDevelopmental Psychology | neuropsychology | early intervention | Education | Child Development | Educational Neuroscience | Psychology | children | Research | Team Project | Early intervention | families
The Neuroscience of Education Research on Development (or N.E.R.D.) Lab at UA studies how the human brain supports learning across the lifespan by examining the neurobiology of language processing and acquisition, focusing in particular on gesture. We use a variety of behavioral (eye tracking) and neuroimaging (EEG, fNIRS) methods to investigate how speech and gesture contribute to learning from childhood through adulthood in diverse populations. Undergraduate research assistants will have the unique opportunity to receive training in working with typical and atypical adult and adolescent populations, community outreach and advocacy, and several neuroimaging techniques. Our current projects address the following questions: ● W...
Required AvailabilitySpring 2018
Preferred MajorsBiology | Child Development | Educational Psychology | Educational Research | English As Second Language | Psychology | Special Education | Speech Language Pathology
KeywordsDevelopmental Psychology | Cognitive Science | Communication | Education | Child Development | Linguistics | Educational Neuroscience | Experimental
This project involves ongoing analyses of data collected from two samples of teenagers and parents. Research questions focus on how parent-child relationships change over time through adolescence. Students will have opportunities to analyze and interpret data....