The lab seeks highly motivated students who are early in their academic career or have already demonstrated an interest in the cognitive psychology of reasoning and decision making. Priority for limited positions (about 6 per year) is given to individuals who demonstrate success in Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 220), Psychology of Decision Making (PSYC 322), and Statistics (e.g., PSYC 200; SPSS statistical software). Strong computer programming (Psyscope and LiveCode), critical thinking, and interpersonal skills are also needed.
Opportunities to participate in the lab take many forms including enrolling in the lab’s research course (PSYC 382) or an independent tutorial, serving as a lab assistant, or applying for a paid summer position. For exceptional students, there is also the possibility of writing an honors thesis. All lab members must commit a minimum of 5-10 hours per week to the lab. The best way to find out about opportunities is to visit Professor Patalano during her office hours at least a semester before participation might begin.