Research Assistant Needed for Cognitive Neuroscience study in the Language and Memory Aging (LaMA) Lab: Parafoveal Vision in Reading

Mentor Name:
Brennan Payne

Mentor Position:
Assistant Professor


Social & Behavioral Science


Project Description:

Although we take reading for granted as a seemingly effortless process, it is in fact one of the most complex cognitive tasks that humans perform. When we read, we rapidly process information that is in our central vision as well as information from words outside of central fixation, in parafoveal vision. Our research seeks to expand our understanding of how much information readers can obtain in a single fixation, and how the visual system and language system function together-so that you can understand this sentence!

Opportunity Type:

Volunteer; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis or Senior Thesis; Earn independent study credit

Student Role:

The RA will gain training with tools such as eye tracking and EEG (electroencephalography) and would primarily assist with participant recruitment and data collection.

Student Benefits:

Hands-on experience working in a cognitive neuroscience research environment, a working knowledge of how to collect eye movement and EEG data, academic credit.

Project Duration:

Commitment for 2 semesters - between 6-9 hours a week.

Minimum Requirements:

Previous experience working in a research lab is a plus, but not required.