Get Involved

Thank you for your interest in the Social Cognitive and Addiction Neuroscience Lab at MU. The success of the lab depends on the involvement of dedicated undergraduate and graduate students. Getting involved with research as an undergraduate is a great way to learn more about psychology and get hands-on experience. Research experience is also invaluable for students considering going on to graduate school, whether in Psychology or in a related field.

Undergraduate research assistants in our lab work closely with other members of the lab on one or more on-going projects. Your involvement may include learning to apply electrodes for the collection of physiological data (i.e., "brain waves"), running experimental sessions with a graduate student, preparing materials for experiments and entering data.

Positions in our lab currently take one of two forms. Students either work in the lab for course credit (PSYC 2950 or 4950), or simply volunteer. Sometimes students initially will volunteer before deciding whether to take 2950 or 4950 for credit. Some students also take credit for a semester and then volunteer thereafter (so they don’t have to pay for more credits).

Requirements

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA
  • Psychology, Biology, Neuroscience or Electrical Engineering major preferred
  • Because there is extensive training involved, we ask you to commit to work in the lab for 1 year, for approximately 9 hours/week (though other arrangements can sometimes be considered). We arrange the schedule around your class schedule.
  • Interest in social psychology, cognitive psychology and/or neuroscience.

If you are interested in getting involved in the lab, please visit our People page to read up on the current research interests of our graduate students, and contact them individually if you’re interested in working with them. If you are sending an email, include your GPA, research and career interests, and prior psych courses.

If you are interested in potentially being a research participant in one of our studies, please see the Participate in Research to learn how we select research participants.