Silvia Bunge, Professor

Closed (1) The neurocognitive development of reasoning and memory: a simultaneous eyetracking and fMRI investigation.

Applications for Spring 2018 are now closed for this project.

The Building Blocks of Cognition Laboratory, led by Prof. Silvia Bunge, is investigating what eye movement patterns can reveal about the cognitive and brain processes that support memory and reasoning skills in childhood and adulthood. You can learn more about the lab's work here:

Lab culture: our lab offers a welcoming space where motivated students can thrive and grow their love for science. The work of many of our undergrad lab alumni has culminated in conference presentations, senior theses, and some have even co-authored journal publications. Our small team is full of creative, talented, and passionate individuals. We are seeking to welcome a fantastic student to this team starting Spring 2018.

In your application, please provide brief answers to the following questions:

1. What is your major and class level?
2. How many hours a week could you realistically devote to the project? Would you be available to work every other weekend in the mornings or afternoons?
3. Why are you interested in working on this specific project?
4. What do you seek to gain out of this experience?
5. What type of relevant skills do you already have?
6. What is something you are passionate about, and how have you nurtured that passion? This does not need to be directly related to research or science; we just want to get to know you!
(optional) 7. Anything else you would like us to know about you?

Responsibilities: this will be a time-intensive study involving participant recruitment, behavioral, eyetracking, and fMRI data collection on weekdays (adult sample) and weekends (pediatric sample), keeping tabs on the participants, data analysis, and manuscript preparation. The student will work closely with Professor Bunge, a senior graduate student, and a post-doc from beginning to end, learning about all phases of scientific research.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Belén Guerra-Carrillo, Graduate Student

Qualifications: students must 1) be highly motivated to see the project through and could commit for at least one year to work in the project, 2) have strong communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills, 3) have strong analytical or quantitative skills, 4) have working knowledge of one or more of the following: Microsoft Excel, Qualtrics, R, Python, Matlab, experiment building software./// Highly desirable but not essential: 1) Experience working with children in formal settings (e.g., summer camps, classrooms, tutoring, etc.) 2)Experience with any neuroimaging (e.g., EEG, fMRI, etc) or behavioral methods (e.g., neuropsych test administration, etc.)

Weekly Hours: 9-12 hrs

Closed (2) Lateralization in reasoning

Closed. This professor is continuing with Fall 2017 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Spring 2018.

We are investigating whether the left and right hemispheres contribute deferentially to reasoning.

This project is listed as open for technical reasons, but is in fact closed to new applicants. Please do not apply unless you are already working on the project.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Maria Eckstein, Graduate Student

Weekly Hours: 3-6 hrs