Fei Xu, Professor

Open (1) Cognitive Development Project

Open. Apprentices needed for the fall semester. Please do NOT contact faculty before September 11th (the start of the 4th week of classes)! Enter your application on the web beginning August 16th. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, August 29th at 8 AM.

The Berkeley Early Learning Lab, under the direction of Professor Fei Xu, researches statistical inference, categorization development, social cognition, information search, decision-making and language acquisition in infants and children aged 4 months to 10 years. Children participate in our studies at our Tolman Hall lab, at preschools, and at local children’s museums. Our lab conducts studies using a variety of exciting developmental and psychological methods, including violation of expectation, behavioral measures, verbal tasks, choice paradigms, iPad games and eye tracking. Becoming a research assistant in the Berkeley Early Learning Lab offers students the opportunity to learn more about child development research and the research process, as well as gain first-hand experience interacting with participants in a highly productive research lab.

Research assistants in the Berkeley Early Learning Lab are essential to our research in that they represent our lab to parents and children and ensure that research activities run as smoothly as possible. Research assistants will attend lab meetings, and will participate in a monthly reading group on relevant research literature. After 1-2 semesters of exceptional work in our lab, passionate research assistants may be offered the opportunity to work closely with a post-doctoral researcher or graduate student on a particular research project. These opportunities may involve assisting researchers with data collection and analysis, or collaborating with researchers on designing and implementing new research projects.

Typical tasks of first-semester research assistants in our lab are:
-Greeting and escorting parents and child participants to our lab
-Preparing and processing consent documents
-Stimuli production
-Maintaining stimuli/toys and lab testing spaces
-Assisting with infant participant recruitment
-Off-site participant recruitment
-Assisting with eye tracking calibration
-Assisting the experimental sessions
-Behavioral and statistical coding

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Harmonie Strohl

Qualifications: Required: Experience working with children and families; Not required, but desirable: Interest in childhood development, programming skills, committing for more than a semester, pursuing a senior thesis within the lab.

Weekly Hours: 9-12 hrs

Related website: http://babylab.berkeley.edu/