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
The Social, Emotional, EDucational (SEED) Neuroscience lab is seeking undergraduate students who are interested in socio-moral development among college students. We are going to collect participating college students' behavioral responses while they are solving moral dilemmas by using specially designed software for psychological experiments, E-Prime. As an RA you may gain experience in designing behavioral experiments and collecting behavioral data for psychological studies. The position is open to undergraduates of all concentrations, and would be of special interest to students of the psychological sciences (e.g., psychology, linguistics, human development). The minimum weekly commitment for this position is 5 hours, and it can be pursu...
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 U.S. Classroom Libraries Database Project is a multi-state project, examining books that area available in elementary classroom libraries. A group of researchers from five states have developed a database of 58 classrooms and have documented the books found in those classrooms. Currently, the project team is working to clean and organize the database. Once the database is cleaned, in the Fall 2017, the team will be working on many projects related to children’s literature and analyzing children’s books. We are recruiting enthusiastic undergraduates, with an interest in education, children’s literature, or research, in general. All majors may contact Dr. Tracey Hodges for more information. Dr. Hodges will provide training b...
Preferred MajorsSecond Educ-English | Early Childhood Education | Educational Psychology | Educ Psychology: School Psych | Elementary Education | English | Pre-Education | Interdisciplinary | Library & Information Studies | Ed Yng Child W/Diverse Ability | Middle Sch Educ-English | Language Arts | Educ Psychology: General Educ | English As Second Language
KeywordsEducation | LIbrary | Literature | Classroom
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 MajorsSpeech Language Pathology | Special Education | Biology | Educational Psychology | Educational Research | Psychology | Child Development | English As Second Language
KeywordsDevelopmental Psychology | Education | Child Development | Linguistics | Educational Neuroscience | Experimental | Cognitive Science | Communication
Student will work with the faculty member on a number of research projects related to cancer prevention, cancer screening, and health care provider communication. This position is unpaid and very flexible. The student experience may include, but not limited to literature reviews, analyzing (coding) qualitative data, and opportunities for the involvement in the dissemination process of project results via presentations, manuscript development, submission and publication. ...