Opportunities for Students

Undergraduate Research Assistants

We are always looking for smart, motivated, responsible undergraduate students who are interested in learning about research in cognitive science by doing research in cognitive science. As an undergraduate research assistant in the CRL you will work as part of a team with other undergraduate RAs, and graduate students and/or faculty on one or more ongoing research projects. This could involve helping to design an experiment, assembling stimuli, testing participants, entering and coding data, and possibly co-authoring a presentation of the study at a local or national conference. You will also attend weekly lab meetings at which we discuss current research projects, trouble-shoot issues that arise, share the latest results, and read and discuss relevant articles from the field at large.

There are a number of ways to become involved in research in the CRL:

  • Directed Study: Students participating in a directed study will receive course credit for their work in the lab. It is expected that directed study students will spend 10 hours per week throughout the course of the semester (20 hours for summer semesters) working in the lab in various capacities. Again, these duties may range from building stimuli for experiments, to running participants, to data analysis, to preparing for and presenting at weekly lab meetings.
  • Work Study: Work study students will be expected to fulfill the same responsibilities as directed students although they will not be receiving a grade for the course. Again, these duties may range from building stimuli for experiments, to running participants, to data analysis, to preparing for and presenting at weekly lab meetings.
  • Volunteer: Volunteers are less common in the CRL but welcome. However, if you would like to volunteer in the lab for a semester, regularity and consistency is expected.

Coop Research Coordinators:

This position involves serving as coordinator for our ongoing research program. Responsibilities include but are not limited to working closely with the Principal Investigator, graduate students, and/or postdoctoral researchers on all aspects of designing, organizing, and carrying out studies, including: subject recruitment, helping to design experiments, collecting and producing experimental materials, conducting interviews, coding entering and managing data, supervising and coordinating undergraduate research assistants, maintaining databases of subjects and research materials, facilitating communication among undergraduate research assistants, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and the PI, managing the web-based research subject scheduling system, laboratory administration including maintaining computer resources and office supplies, and production assistance with research presentations.

If you are interested in applying to work as a Coop in the lab next semester, check the student employment page here.

Graduate Students

The Categorization and Reasoning Lab currently has two graduate students, one of whom will be graduating this academic year. As such, we are actively looking for a new graduate student. Past research experience, in general, is highly desirable. Specific experience with our area of work is not necessarily required. However, it is always best to know why you might be considering our lab. General information about the graduate program in psychology at Northeastern can be found here. For more specific inquiries, contact John Coley (contact information can be found in the right sidebar).

  • Contact Us

    Principle Investigator
    John D. Coley, Ph.D., Associate Professor
    Department of Psychology
    Northeastern University
    360 Huntington Ave., MS 0125 NI
    Boston, MA 02115-5000
    617.373.3548 (voice)
    617.373.8714 (fax)

    Coop Research Coordinator
    Stephanie Silveira
    Categorization & Reasoning Lab
    4th Floor, Nightingale Hall
    Department of Psychology
    Boston, MA 02115-5000
    617.373.4493 (voice)
    617.373.8714 (fax)