In the Brain and Memory Lab, we study how memories are formed and how they are linked to each other to create a mental model of the world that can guide our behavior. We investigate how different memory systems are implemented in the brain, how they represent information, and how they interact. In this quest for discovery, we rely on computer-based experiments, cognitive models of behavior, and advanced brain imaging methods.
This project investigates how individuals learn new categories via memory integration. Memory integration involves forming links between separate, but related experiences, such as separate experiences with never-before-seen items that belong to the same category. We will use computer-based tasks and brain imaging in human participants to better understand how memory integration contributes to acquiring new category knowledge.
The intern will assist with data collection and data analysis, as well as attend weekly lab meetings with presentations of work in the lab and discussions of journal articles from the field at large. Data collection will involve guiding human participants through computer-based tasks and assisting graduate students and post-docs with collection of brain imaging data. Data analysis will involve working in MATLAB (a computing environment) to create summaries of participants' responses and perform basic statistics. There may also be opportunities for the intern to be introduced to analyzing brain imaging data. By the end of the internship, the intern will be proficient in working with human participants to run computer-based tasks. The intern will also have completed data analysis on at least one computer-based study and will be able to explain the purpose of the study, its methodology, and whether the results support the predictions of the study. Females, minorities, students from low-income households, first-generation college-bound students, and students who speak a primary language other than English are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applicants should know that this position has a preferable start date of June 27 or July 1. Note that this is later than typical ASE internships. The mentor will provide home readings and other work (online training) to be completed prior to the start in the lab, and to complete the time requirement for the ASE Program.
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