UMD Cognitive Neuroscience Research Opportunity in the DSCN Lab 


The Developmental, Social, Cognitive Neuroscience (DSCN) lab (directed by Dr. Elizabeth Redcay) is looking for bright, detail-oriented undergraduate students to assist with multiple behavioral and fMRI studies investigating social cognition in children and adults. RAs in the DSCN lab will gain hands-on experience with neuroimaging and behavioral methods, which can increase the value of one’s graduate school application as well as provide an opportunity to earn a strong letter of recommendation. Class credit will also be made available to those interested and qualified.


- Stimuli creation: preparing stimulus materials (i.e., creating and editing videos)
- Data collection: setting-up and running behavioral studies; assisting with the acquisition of fMRI data at the Maryland Neuroimaging Center (located a couple blocks off the College Park campus)
- Data entry: entering experimental data into Microsoft Excel and SPSS
- Data coding: coding participant questionnaires, standardized assessments, and participant videos
- Participant recruitment: calling and scheduling participants over the phone and via e-mail
- Playing with young children
- Data organization: compiling and filing data sets; day-to-day lab maintenance
- Opportunity to perform data analysis (i.e., on fMRI, DTI, and behavioral data)
- Participating in weekly lab meetings


- Academic background in psychology, neuroscience, or computer science
- Minimum GPA of 3.3
- Experience working with children
- Strong communication skills
- Moderate to strong technical/computer skills***
o Must have experience working with AND a willingness to learn new technology program
o Experience with iMovie, MATLAB, & SPSS is a strong PLUS
- Moderate comfort level working with Mac computers and their applications

In addition to these skills, the ideal applicant should also be...

- Detail-oriented
- A great problem-solver
- Keenly interested in social development and developmental neuroscience
- Able to work independently
- A motivated and self-directed learner
- Child friendly!

Commitment Length:

- Minimum of at least 6 hours/week
- Minimum of two semesters
***Availability during the summer is considered a PLUS***

How to Apply:

If interested, please e-mail the following to

1) A copy of your resume/CV
2) Your unofficial transcript
3) A short email describing your interest(s) and relevant experience(s)

More information about the lab is available online at our website:

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