Cognitive Science Related Research Labs

Corina Lab: Cognitive Neurolinguistics


Our lab located at the Center for Mind and Brain is interested in understanding the neurobiological basis of language, language processing, language acquisition and breakdown (i.e. aphasia). Our lab studies both signed (e.g. American Sign Language) and spoken languages. We examine data across the life-span including children, college students and elderly adults. Undergraduate may participate in a wide rage of activities including the development of experiments, (e.g. stimulus development, programming of experiments), collection of behavioral and neural data (i.e. reaction times, EEG, eye-gaze, fMRI), data aggregation and analysis. Weekly lab meetings are required and involve the discussion of on-going projects, discussions of topical papers and in-house presentations.

Fererria Lab: Psycholinguistics

Undergraduates working in the lab perform a wide range of valuable roles. At first, they are asked to take on tasks such as stimulus preparation, which involves creating the sentences and images that we present in our experiments and using software to edit and manipulate those stimuli. Over time, research assistants get involved in subject testing, including testing people on the eye tracking system, as well as in data analysis. Weekly lab meetings are required and allow RAs to learn more about the theoretical motivation for the studies, the research and publication process, and so on.

Goldin Lab: Clinically Applied Affective Neuroscience

Our research is focused on applying scientific tools to understand the brain and behavioral predictors and mechanisms of clinical interventions and mental health training programs. Our research investigates social, cognitive, affective, neural and behavioral components of psychopathology and well-being in adults and families. We investigate how these components are modified by a variety of psychosocial interventions, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, aerobic exercise, mindfulness meditation, vipassana meditation, compassion meditation. To understand the complexity of human functioning, we use multidimensional assessments, including functional neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG), genetics, stress hormones, self-report, behavioral tasks, information processing tasks, clinical and individual difference measures.

We recruit native Spanish-speaking undergraduate research assistants (RAs) to work with Mexican-origin families that are participating in our longitudinal studies. At the visits, the adolescent participants complete an MRI, provide saliva, complete questionnaires, and do a battery of behavioral tasks, while the parents complete questionnaires. Undergraduate RAs work with the parents to guide them through the consent and questionnaires, answer questions the parent may have, and work closely with the team of graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and junior specialists. In the lab, RAs are responsible for entering data into statistical programs. RAs also have the opportunity to attend lab meetings and learn further skills, such as editing physiological data, working on statistical analyses for the undergraduate research conference, and reading and reviewing scholarly articles.

​Henderson Lab: Visual Cognition Lab

Students will be involved in creating stimuli (pictures and texts), collecting and analyzing data, and other related tasks. Students also attend a weekly lab meeting with the members of the lab to talk about research.

Luck Lab: Cognitive Neuroscience in Typical Adults and People with Schizophrenia

Our laboratory studies visual attention and short-term memory in healthy young adults, and we collaborate with laboratories in Baltimore and Sacramento that test patients with schizophrenia and matched control subjects. Most experiments involve traditional cognitive psychology techniques. Some experiments also involve recording brain waves. Students in our lab typically begin by running cognitive experiments, which includes scheduling subjects, explaining the task, operating the computers, and monitoring the data. As they gain experience, students may become involved in designing experiments, analyzing data, and running brain-wave experiments. The undergraduate students in the lab have a weekly meeting with the professor and the lab manager in which we discuss journal articles, ongoing experiments, and a variety of other issues related to cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience. We encourage students to apply as early as their freshman year. and

Undergraduates have a very important role in our research. Teams of undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, and Dr. Oakes conduct the work relating to our research. Undergraduate research assistants participate in all aspects of our research--they help recruit infant participants, provide information for parents who are interested in participating, set up and run the experiments, code infant behavior, and enter data from various studies. In short, we rely on undergraduate research assistants to actually test babies in experiments. Also, you earn course credit (PSC 199) for working in the lab!

RAs do everything from running studies to writing programs, analyzing data, and even writing papers.

Ditterich Lab: Neural mechanisms linking perception & action with an emphasis on perceptual decision-making

Research Methods: Human and animal experiments, computational modeling.
In the Center for Neuroscience.

Visual Cognition Research Group

The Visual Cognition Research Group is a collaborative group of graduate students, postdocs, and faculty at theUC-Davis Center for Mind & Brain who work together to understand vision, mind, and brain. Our interacting laboratories give graduate students and postdocs the opportunity to gain broad experience and perform world-class research. Undergraduates should follow the links to the individual labs in this group to find out about their research opportunities.

Goldman Lab: Computational Neuroscience

Research Methods: Computational Modeling.
In the Center for Neuroscience.

Hanks Lab: Neural Mechanisms Underlying Decision Making

Research Methods: Human and animal experiments, computational modeling.
In the Center for Neuroscience.

Ranganath: Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory

Research Methods: Human Experiments. 
In the Center for Neuroscience.