The Cognition of Second Language Acquisition lab, under the direction of Dr. Kara Morgan-Short, is looking for undergraduate research assistants for the upcoming academic year (Fall 2023 - Spring 2024). The lab uses brain-based (electrophysiology) and behavioral techniques to understand how humans process native and second languages. Specific topics we have studied include (a) the effects of implicit, immersion-like versus explicit, classroom-like training on second language development and processing, (b) the processing of different aspects of language in native speakers, adult language learners, and heritage speakers, and (c) the relationships between individual differences in cognitive abilities and second language acquisition.
In addition to participating in all aspects of research, RAs will attend lab meetings (Friday mornings 9-10:45 am), read up to one primary research article per week, and assist in lab administrative tasks.
We are looking for undergraduates (preferably students who will begin the junior year in Fall 2023) who are majoring in Psychology, Spanish, Neuroscience or a related field, and who are interested in linguistics, second language acquisition, and/or the neurocognitive bases of language acquisition and processing. The ideal undergraduate RA is reliable, motivated, hard-working, detail-oriented, and eager to learn! Prior experience in a lab is not necessary. Preference is for RAs who can work in the lab 9 hours per week, who can participate in the lab for at least two semesters, and who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Course credit for SPAN 399 or PSCH 396 is available (if prerequisites have been met), working as an RA can also fulfill the Honors College activity requirement, and hourly payment is possible for work-study qualified students.
Working in the lab is challenging, fun, and a great way to learn firsthand how research is conducted. If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete the application form available at https://forms.gle/sX3xi6sic1UW1vmv6.
If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com. We hope to hear from you soon!
~ The Cognition of Second Language Acquisition lab team