ANDL Lab Adolescent Brain Development Research

Faculty Member: Professor Leah Somerville

Researchers who join this project will contribute to studies that use learning and decision-making tasks to understand how adolescent motivation differs from adults.

The research conducted in the Affective Neuroscience and Development Lab focuses on understanding how the brain develops during adolescence, and how these changes influence cognition, motivation, emotion and decision making. This work integrates data on brain structure, function (using fMRI), participants' behavior, and physiological responses.

Description of RA Duties:

  • Assist graduate students in designing workflows for new experiments focused on adolescent learning and decision-making.
  • Facilitate development of data analysis pipelines.
  • Participate in back-end research study design.

Requirements: Background and experience with programming is highly valued for this position. Relevant experiences would include working with software such as Matlab, Python, PsychoPy, and R. Strong candidates also have experience manipulating large datasets, compiling large amounts of data to generate summary measures, and/or conducting statistical tests on data. Interest in Psychology and Neuroscience is a plus. If hired, students will participate in the IQSS URS program.