Hayes – Neuroscience/Psychology

Scott Hayes
smhayes@bu.edu
Options: Volunteer Basis, Potential for UROP Funding

We are currently accepting applications for student volunteers to assist with a new project examining the relationship between aerobic fitness, brain function, and cognition. We will be working with athletes and sedentary adults ranging in age from 18 – 85 years old. Participants will undergo Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), neuropsychological testing, blood draw, and cardiopulmonary exercise testing. Job duties entail general clerical support, participant recruitment, screening, scheduling, stimulus development, data collection, data formatting, and data scoring. In addition, the student will have the opportunity to design and analyze their own experiment within the scope of this project. For example, a student may want to examine the relationship between physical activity levels and physical fitness and determine how these factors influence cognition or brain structure. This is an ideal position for someone interested in gaining hands-on human research experiences in neuropsychology and neuroimaging prior to starting graduate school.
This position takes place at the BU Memory and Neuroimaging Lab (Affiliated with the BU Memory Disorders Research Center) located at the VA Boston Healthcare System.