Cognition & Neurocognitive Disorders Research

Are you an MSU Psychology Undergraduate student who is interested in cognitive and/or clinical research? Or are you interested in pursuing graduate school? 

Required qualifications for all research assistants

  • A commitment to work in the lab at least 10 hours a week
  • Eligible to enroll in PSYC 483, 491 or 492
  • A minimum of a 2 semester commitment to working in the lab
  • Good interpersonal skills 

Desired qualifications for all research assistants

  • 3.5 or higher GPA (including MSU & prior institutions)
  • Grade of A in Introduction to Psychological Research (PSYC 203)
  • Grade of A in Introduction to Statistical Methods in Psychology (PSYC 220)
  • Grade of A or currently taking Experimental Psychology (PSYC 301)
  • Experience or interest with computer programming  

What do Undergraduate students in our lab do?

Undergraduate research assistants play a key role in the Cognition & Neurocognitive Disorders Research Lab at MSU. Research assistants in our laboratory are primarily responsible for administering experiments to adult research participants. In service of these goals, research assistants work directly with advanced Masters and Doctoral students to administer psychology research protocols. Research experience provides an exciting opportunity to apply the skills learned across the psychology undergraduate curriculum and directly participate and learn about the research process. 

Advanced research assistants can also begin to learn coding for data analysis and experimental design after several semesters in the lab or attend and present research findings at local and international conferences.

Other skills & responsibilities may include:

  • participant testing
  • contributing to research design
  • experiment programming
  • coding data
  • pre and post processing of behavioral & neuroimaging data
  • data analysis & inference
  • dissemination of findings
  • journal club brown bags & lab meetings

Testing & data analysis software: 

  • Neuropsychological testing
  • e-prime, Inquisit, PsychoPy, Psychtoolbox
  • NIH Toolbox
  • R, Matlab, Octave, Python
  • Qualtrics
  • freesurfer, FSL, SPM


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