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Volunteer Basis, Potential for UROP Funding, Potential for Work-Study Funding, Potential for Academic Credit

Overview

* Spring 2023 positions have been filled. Inquiries for Summer 2023 positions only! *

The Infant Communication Lab studies the nature and development of the relationship between motor activity, postural stability, communication, and language in infants at risk for neurodevelopmental disabilities and infants with no such risk. Current projects focus on four major topics: a) how changes in motor activity and postural stability relate to advances in other developmental domains; b) how motor planning develops over time; c) how communication, gesture, and language develop over time in infants; and d) how caregivers’ communication with infants changes over time.

Undergraduate research assistants may participate in:
• Participant recruitment and screening
• Video-recording observations of infant and toddler participants
• Developmental and language assessments
• Coding of infant motor, exploration, and communication behaviors from video using a computer-based observation system
• Language transcription
• Database management

There will be opportunities to work with infants, toddlers, and families, and infants with neurodevelopmental differences. The ideal applicant will be interested in a longer-term (multiple semesters) position. Because of the time and energy investment required from our staff to train a new RA, all undergraduate RAs must volunteer for one semester, for at least 6 – 8 hrs/week. After the initial semester, there may be additional opportunity to transition to a paid RA position. Undergraduate students are also eligible for honors thesis and/or senior projects in the lab.

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