Social Science: Social Neuroscience

Department: Psychology

Supervising Faculty Members: James P. Morris

Specialization: Social Neuroscience

Research Focus: In our lab, we are interested in the neural and biological correlates of social perception and behavior (using social psychological behavioral approaches, electroencephalography, and fMRI).  Current studies conducted out of our lab have investigated the neural mechanisms underlying residential mobility and social exclusion, how racial identity and group membership impact social perception, and the correlates and predictors of subjective well-being among college undergraduates.  In short, we seek to understand how humans navigate the complex social world in which we are immersed from different levels of analysis—genetic, neural, and behavioral.

Job Description: Students will be responsible for running participants and collecting data for the lab’s studies, entering data, recruiting and contacting participants, participating in lab meetings and contributing to the research process, analyzing data, and piloting and programming studies for the lab. 

Required Skills, Courses, Resources, or Background:  Conscientiousness, attention to detail, ability to follow instructions clearly and efficiently, and the ability to be independent.  In particular, we prefer undergraduates who have computer programming experience (experience with Presentation NeuroBehavioral software, HTML, Java, Unix Shell Scripting, etc.).  Interested candidates will be able to master the programs used in our lab, such as EEG Lab and FSL (for fMRI data).                                                           

What You Will Learn: : First and foremost, we desire for students to be able to see all aspects of the research process for psychological science, ranging from the daily ins and outs of entering data and running participants, to seeing an idea start in a lab meeting, come to fruition, and become an empirically sound experiment.  We would also like students to become adequate consumers of psychological research, which we hope to inculcate through having students engaged fully in the research process (reading the latest scientific journal articles alongside Dr. Morris and his team of graduate students, as well as through attending lab meetings).  Finally, we intend for students to learn administrative and interpersonal skills through working closely with graduate students, faculty, and, of course, the participants in our research.