Research Assistant needed for Cognitive Neuroscience study: The Brain, Language, and Divided Attention

Mentor Name:
Jack Silcox

Mentor Position:
OUR Certified Mentor

Department:
Psychology

College:
Social & Behavioral Science

Email:
jack.silcox@utah.edu


Project Description:

Communicating with other people is an essential part of everyday life but we often do so while we are engaged other tasks, such as eating, driving, etc. If our attention is divided, then does this alter the way we comprehend or remember speech? How does engagement with a secondary task or a noisy acoustic environment alter the way our brain responds to speech? Our lab is trying to answer these questions and more with a series of studies using a combination of neuroscientific and psychological methodologies.



Opportunity Type:

Volunteer; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis or Senior Thesis


Student Role:

Research assistants would collect data using cutting edge cognitive neuroscience techniques (EEG) and more traditional cognitive psychology methods (memory outcomes).


Student Benefits:

Working on these projects would be ideal for any student looking to go into the fields of cognitive neuroscience or cognitive psychology.


Project Duration:

Students would need to commit to a minimum of 2 semesters, at 6-9 hours per week.


Minimum Requirements:

Having completed a research methods course would be ideal, but is not necessarily a requirement.