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Research Assistant Positions

If you are interested in participating in the IASLab as a research assistant, please contact Anna at neumann.a3@gmail.com. Available opportunities for internships within the IASLab are detailed below.

Massachusetts General Hospital Research Internships

The IASLab is seeking part-time research interns for projects on emotion and affect, implementing behavioral, psychophysiological and neuroscientific research methods. Typical responsibilities include study design, study implementation, scheduling and recruitment of participants, stimuli development, and data acquisition and analysis. Applicants particularly interested in neuroscience would have the opportunity to work with Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). In all positions, students work closely with advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or research scientists at MGH. The time commitment is 12 hours per week for a minimum of one year.

A limited number of paid fellowships may be available, or Northeastern students can register for course credit or work/study (4 credits; PSYC4991), or earn work/study hours, if they are eligible. For more information, please contact Anna at neumann.a3@gmail.com and fill out an application (Microsoft Word 2007+ format).

Northeastern University Research Internships

The IASLab is seeking part-time research interns for projects on emotion and affect, implementing behavioral and psychophysiological research methods. Research interns work closely with advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or research scientists at the IASLab’s Northeastern University location. Typical responsibilities include study design, study implementation, scheduling and recruitment of participants, stimuli development, and data acquisition and analysis. The time commitment is 10 hours per week, plus a one hour lab meeting, for a minimum of eight months.

These volunteer internship positions are available on a competitive basis for Northeastern and non-Northeastern students alike. The IASLab also offers paid internships through the work/study program for eligible Northeastern students. Northeastern students can also earn course credit through participation in a directed study, independent study, thesis or research project or Fall semester lab course. For more information, please contact Anna at neumann.a3@gmail.com and fill out an application (Microsoft Word 2007+ format).

Northeastern University Co-op Positions

Northeastern undergraduate students may complete a full-time co-op position for 6 months through the IASLab. Co-op students work closely with advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or research scientists at either the IASLab’s Northeastern University or Massachusetts General Hospital location. Typical responsibilities include study design, study implementation, scheduling and recruitment of participants, stimuli development, and data acquisition and analysis. Long term commitment (minimum one year) to the lab is required, and all current undergraduate research assistants are encouraged to apply.

Interested students should inquire about paid and unpaid co-op opportunities that may be available. Students who have received research fellowships or scholarships may be eligible to work in the IASLab with their funding. For more information, please contact Anna at neumann.a3@gmail.com and fill out an application (Microsoft Word 2007+ format).

Course Credit Options

Northeastern University students interested in participating in the lab for course credit should review the below course descriptions to determine the best fit for their course load.

PSYC 4624 Lab in Affective Science (4 SH)

Fall semester only.

This unique lab course combines experiential learning (10 hours of in-lab experience per week) with weekly workshops run by senior lab members in which relevant theory, methods, analysis, and writing will be discussed. Some neuroscience positions at Massachusetts General Hospital may also be available. Students will submit a paper based on the research they conduct at the end of the term.

Interested students must be accepted as a research assistant in the IASLab (with a minimum of a two semester commitment) prior to enrolling in this course. This course may be counted once toward the Psychology Department's requirement of two laboratory courses. Dr. Barrett’s permission is required to enroll in the course.

PSYC 4991 Directed Study-Research (4 SH)

Directed Study students devote ten hours per week to in-lab research, plus a one hour lab meeting each week, under the daily supervision of a qualified team leader within the IASLab. As a part of their course requirement, students will submit a paper or present a poster based on research they conduct at the end of the term. This course can be counted once toward the Psychology Department's requirement of two laboratory courses; supplementary Directed Studies credits count toward elective requirements. For Northeastern students outside of the Psychology major, Directed Studies can count towards the NU core experiential learning requirements. Dr. Barrett’s permission is required to enroll in the course.

PSYCH 4994 Independent Study (1 -4 SH)

Independent Study students conduct research-related activities under the supervision of a qualified lab member designated by Dr. Barrett. The number of hours per week will depend on the number of credit hours (1-4), and will be determined by Dr. Barrett. This course cannot be counted toward the Psychology Department's requirement of two laboratory courses. Permission of instructor is required to enroll in the course.

PSYC 4970 & PSYC 4971 Honors Research Project and Thesis (8 SH)

Students enrolled in the Honors Program or others who meet the GPA requirement of 3.6 can choose to complete their senior thesis project in the IASLab under the supervision of a qualified lab member designated by Dr. Barrett. Students will develop and conduct a research study in the lab, acquire and analyze data, and prepare their results for final presentation to their Faculty Honors Committee. Participating students who are not enrolled in the Honors program would be eligible to graduate with College Honors Distinctions. Dr. Barrett’s permission is required to enroll in the course.