Research Opportunities in the Psychology Department

Working one-on-one with faculty and graduate students in laboratories and in the field, undergraduate researchers gain firsthand experience of how findings covered in textbooks are made in the laboratory. Research experience broadens a student's background and can be a powerful asset when applying to graduate or professional school or when seeking employment.

Research Field of Study

  •     Aging and neuroimaging of memory, reasoning, and other high-level cognitive processes
  •     How infants learn about objects, people, and language
  •     Emulating learning with computerized neural networks
  •     How the human visual system determines color
  •     Social factors contributing to recovery after brain injury
  •     Scientific basis for emotional response to music
  •     How attachment issues contribute to dating relationships

Special Academic Programs

  •     Research Assistants/Interns: Students earn credit and in some cases receive small stipends for conducting important research.
  •     "R Points": Students in Principles of Psychology and Introduction to Cognitive Science may serve as subjects in experiments to earn research points (R points). Students gain insight into psychological experimentation and help researchers advance their work.
  •     Teaching Assistants: This popular program enables 25 to 30 undergraduates per year to serve as teaching assistants for Principles of Psychology while earning credit and a grade.
  •     Internships: Internships are a great way to put theory into practice, whether working with the developmentally disabled, the chronically ill, or other populations. About 20 students a year are placed in internships.
  •     Psychology Department Colloquium Series: This lecture series brings outstanding national and international scholars to the Rutgers-Newark campus.