Perception & Attention Lab

Perception & Attention Lab

start: 2017-09-01

The Perception & Attention Lab has opennings for undergraduate assistants for

Fall 2017 

Project Background: The lab is directed by Mark W. Becker and the main focus of the lab is to investigate the processes that guide the allocation of visual attention.  Under this umbrella, we are investigating a number of specific questions about how people perform visual search for objects, how feedback, reward, punishment, and competition influence performance in simple perceptual tasks, how categorical information influences visual search, and how one's mood or emotion can impact  visual processing.

Undergraduate Responsibilities: Undergraduate assistants will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of research activities, including assisting with research design, running participants, and analyzing data. Many of these experiments use eye tracking technology, so you will also gain experience with eye tracking methods.  The projects are split into a number of smaller experiments. The manageable size of these small units makes it possible for you to be involved in the entire research process from inception through analysis and interpretation.

Requirements: Scheduling is flexible but you must commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week including attendance at regular lab meetings. You should have a GPA of over 3.3 and should have taken at  least one relevant psychology course (e.g., Cognitive Psychology, Brain and Behavior, Statistics, Sensation and Perception). If selected, you would begin in late August and the expectation is that you would continue through then end of the school year.  You can work either as a volunteer or for credit (PSY 491).

If you are interested in joining the lab, please contact the lab coordinator, Eric Chantland at  for information about how to apply.