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New on the CNS Blog: The Next Phase of Publishing in Cognitive Neuroscience
Since its inception 31 years ago, the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (JoCN) has followed the latest science and trends in the field, becoming one of the preeminent journals publishing in the brain sciences. First led by Michael Gazzaniga, a founder of CNS, and then by Mark D'Esposito, who was Editor in Chief (EiC) for 17 years, the journal is now heading into its next phase of evolution - with initiatives on tap to decrease gender bias in citation practices, make peer review more transparent, and increase preregistration.
CNS spoke with Brad Postle, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the new EiC at JOCN, about these efforts and his goals for the journal. Read the Q&A with Postle
Also this month: Do Visual Aids Assist Musical Training?
As a professional flutist, Ioanna Zioga has often wondered how people learn music. She herself has experienced many different musical training techniques from various musicians.
"Some would draw figures on a whiteboard to visually represent the music; others would sing melodies; others would play the music themselves on the flute in order for me to mirror their moves," she recalls. "So, what is the best method to learn music?"
Zioga, now a postdoctoral researcher at the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, studied that question head-on in a recent study on the effects of visual aids on music learning. Read a Q&A with Zioga
about her study published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
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Brain Imaging Workshops at the Martinos Center October 2020
Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
Massachusetts General Hospital
After much deliberation, the decision has been made to hold the two workshops, in virtual form, listed below. Special efforts will be made to ensure substantial small group or individual interactions as well as the primary lectures, in an effort to retain some of the special qualities of these programs from the past 25 years.
The main education pages is: https://www.martinos.org/education/
The fMRI Course, one week, Mon-Fri, October 19-23 is here:
The Connectivity Course (Structural and Functional Brain Connectivity via MRI and fMRI), one week, Mon-Fri, October 26-30 is here:
BACKGROUND: The Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging in Boston, Massachusetts conducts many workshops during the year. Two of those workshops will be described briefly here. More information can be seen at the websites above.
NOTE: These two programs are NOT primarily software training programs. However, there will be significant (optional but recommended) exercise sessions in the second program (Connectivity).
Admission to all programs is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a tuition fee.
FUNCTIONAL MRI 2020: OCTOBER 19-23 (Mon-Fri)
The 5-day Visiting Fellowship Program in Functional MRI has been held more than 50 times since its inception in October of 1994. It is a world-renown introduction to the basics of Functional MRI, presented in an intense workshop that emphasizes experimental design in the context of a thorough grounding in image acquisition, task design, data analysis and a collection of cautionary tales to give the participant a good feel for the pitfalls of fMRI-based research, as well as its power.
Each workshop runs from Monday - Friday.
For details and registration, see:
CONNECTIVITY COURSE 2020: OCTOBER 26-30
Issues associated with connectivity in the human brain are of increasing importance. MRI has proven to be a valuable tool for examining connectivity both in terms of the coordinated activities of neural networks (using BOLD-based fMRI data collected during rest and during tasks) and also in terms of the structural anatomy of white matter pathways of the brain (using Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), Diffusion Spectrum Imaging (DSI), and tractography programs. Participants will learn about the technical challenges in acquisition, data processing and visualization of brain networks. Primary topics will include both correlational analysis and ICA analysis of resting state fMRI data; analysis and limitations of diffusion data; use of databases; dynamic functional connectivity, and selected clinical applications.
Each workshop runs from Monday - Friday.
For details and registration, see: https://education.martinos.org/educational-courses/connectivity-course/
FACULTY: The core faculty is drawn from the staff of the Athinoula A. Martinos Center (of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and affiliated faculty from Harvard University, McLean Hospital Northeastern University, and other local institutions. Guest lecturers in past programs have included faculty from the Child Mind Institute of New York, NIH, Stanford University, The Donders Institute, the University of Cambridge, UK, The Mind Research Network of the University of New Mexico, UCLA and others.
For administrative questions regarding the these programs (fMRIVFP; ConnectivityCourse), contact Stacey Ladieu via e-mail: email@example.com
For technical and content questions for any of the programs, contact Robert Savoy.
Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Human Neuroscience
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program
The Psychology Department at Hamilton College invites applications for a tenure-track position in Human Neuroscience at the Assistant Professor level (PhD or ABD required) beginning July 1, 2021. We especially seek candidates with interests in social, affective, and clinical neuroscience. The teaching load will be the equivalent of five courses per year, including some combination of Introductory Psychology, Fundamentals of Human Neuroscience, topical and laboratory courses in the candidate's specialty area, and supervision of student research projects. Candidates from underrepresented groups in higher education are especially encouraged to apply.
The Psychology Department, consisting of nine faculty members, has a strong tradition of excellence in teaching and research, and is housed in a state-of-the-art unified science center. Please visit our websites at https://academics.hamilton.edu/psychology and https://academics.hamilton.edu/neuroscience for additional information about the Psychology Department and Neuroscience Program.
Applicants should submit the following: (1) cover letter (addressed to Dr. Jennifer Borton, Psychology Department Chair), (2) curriculum vita, (3) statement of teaching philosophy and experience, (4) research statement, (5) statement that describes how the candidate's teaching, scholarship, and/or service would engage and sustain Hamilton's commitment to diversity and inclusion, and (6) the names and information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation upon request. We seek candidates who can demonstrate their experience in teaching or working with diverse student populations. Submit all materials to Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/77480. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2020.
Hamilton College (www.hamilton.edu) is a residential liberal arts college located in scenic upstate New York. Applicants with dual-career considerations can find other Hamilton and nearby academic job listings at https://www.hercjobs.org/regions/higher-ed-careers-upstate-new-york/. Hamilton College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in all areas of the campus community (see http://www.hamilton.edu/diversity). Hamilton provides domestic partner benefits.
TT Assistant Professor Position in Cog Neuro at FSU
Florida State University
The Department of Psychology at Florida State University invites applications for a tenure track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience, with a start date of August, 2021. Candidates with doctoral degrees in all areas of human Cognitive Neuroscience (broadly construed) who use fMRI will be considered to add to our growing neuroimaging group. Candidates must have a strong publication record, high potential for external grant funding, and a commitment to excellent teaching with diverse student populations.
The Psychology Department faculty is very active in research, with Ph.D. programs in cognitive, neuroscience, social, clinical, and developmental. FSU has a state-of-the-art research-dedicated MRI center featuring a 3T Siemens Prisma scanner, an MR-compatible high-density EEG system, MR-compatible TMS and tES systems, and peripheral equipment. Florida State ranks in the top 20 of National Public Universities (U. S. News & World Report).
Candidates should provide a cover letter, CV, copies of three representative preprints/reprints, brief statements of research, teaching, and contributions to diversity and inclusion, and the names and contact information of at least three individuals from whom letters of recommendation could be solicited. To apply go to: http://jobs.fsu.edu (Job ID 47894). The application deadline is October 30. Inquiries about the position may be directed to Colleen Kelley, search chair (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more information about our department see www.psy.fsu.edu.
Florida State University is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: http://www.hr.fsu.edu/PDF/Publications/diversity/EEO_Statement.pdf
Postdoctoral Position in language and aging
Pennsylvania State University
The Language and Aging Lab at The Pennsylvania State University (https://sites.psu.edu/mdiazlab/) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar. Our lab investigates age-related differences in the neural and behavioral bases of semantic and phonological processes, with a focus on language production. Our primary goals are to further our understanding of the neural factors that contribute to age-related retention and decline seen in language; and to investigate the relationships between structural factors, functional activations, and behavior. Our lab is affiliated with the Center for Language Science (http://cls.psu.edu/), a vibrant, interdisciplinary community of language researchers with expertise in bilingualism, speech language pathology, psycholinguistics, and cognitive neuroscience. State-of-the-art scanning and data analysis facilities are available and proximally located at the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center (http://imaging.psu.edu/). The ideal candidate would have a background in the cognitive neuroscience of language and/or aging. Experience with fMRI data analysis and/or programming is desirable, but not mandatory. For additional information about the position, please contact the lab director, Michele Diaz, Ph.D., at email@example.com. The appointment will be for one year, with a good possibility of additional years. The anticipated start date is Fall 2020. Applicants should upload a CV, 2 reprints or preprints, and a statement of research interests. Additionally, applicants should arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Michele Diaz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates must have completed their Ph.D. by the time of appointment. Apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/93170. In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity. Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.
To review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters and policies, please go to https://police.psu.edu/annual-security-reports, which will also explain how to request a paper copy of the Annual Security Report.
Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
Postdoc Position in Educational Neuroscience at Georgetown
The Georgetown Laboratory for Relational Cognition, directed by Adam Green, invites applications for a postdoctoral position focused on NSF- and foundation-funded projects applying cognitive neuroscience methods to questions with relevance to education, the development of creative thinking in STEM, and the neural basis of concepts and beliefs. The work to be done includes implementing a spatially-based reasoning intervention in high school STEM classrooms, and the use of MRI methods to develop predictive neural markers of classroom education-based learning. More broadly, this work seeks to contribute to bridging the gap between the real-world classroom and the cognitive neuroscience laboratory. There will be ample opportunity, dependent on the postdoc's level of interest, to engage with a range of ongoing projects in the lab related to learning, reasoning, creativity, and belief, including neuroimaging and neuromodulation-based approaches.
Applicants should hold a Ph.D. or anticipate a Ph.D. by summer of 2021. The preferred start range for the position is summer or early fall of 2021. Favorable consideration will be given to applicants with a strong record of research productivity and with experience or substantial interest in neuroimaging data analysis, education, creativity, and/or the neural bases of concepts and beliefs.
Interested candidates should send a CV and a letter of application describing research interests and professional goals to Grace Porter (email@example.com), and should indicate three professional references who can readily provide letters of recommendation upon request. Informal inquiries can be sent to the principal investigator, Adam Green (aeg58@Georgetown.edu). For more information on the lab, visit our website (http://cng.georgetown.edu).
Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please see the Georgetown website for more information, or contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA) at (202) 687- 4798. This position requires a criminal background check performed by Human Resources. Compensation is based on Georgetown pay scales, depending on qualifications and experience.
Postdoc in Affective Neuroscience
Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (PI: Maital Neta) invites applications for a full-time Postdoctoral Researcher (start date negotiable). The lab uses neuroimaging (fMRI, resting state fMRI), psychophysiology, behavioral techniques, and network analyses to examine individual differences in emotion processing and emotion regulation.
The successful candidate will have completed a PhD in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field and have a strong publication record that includes neuroimaging studies, preferably with a focus on using fMRI to examine theoretically relevant questions in cognitive psychology and emotion in particular. Candidates with substantial prior experience with advanced MRI methods (e.g., resting state MRI, MVPA, network modeling), and with eye tracking are uniquely attractive. Strong technical skills are preferred, including competence in several programming environments, and familiarity with programs such as E- prime, SPSS, R, Matlab, Python, AFNI, SPM, FSL, and Unix is especially valued but not required and otherwise would be learned on the job.
The lab is funded by the NIMH and NSF, and is housed in the Center for Brain, Biology, & Behavior at UNL (http://cb3.unl.edu/), which has a state-of-the-art Brain Imaging Center and a 3T MRI scanner dedicated for research. Beyond having access to the scanner, the postdoctoral fellow will also have access to with EEG/ERP, fNIRS, tDCS, virtual reality, mobile psychophysiology, eye-tracking (many of which can be measured both in and out of the MRI scanner), as well as several other cutting-edge techniques.
To apply, please fill out the application form at https://tinyurl.com/slqmovm. You will need your CV and the contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and proceed on a rolling basis. Please also feel free to contact Maital Neta (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Skilled Action and Cognition
Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
The Cognitive-Motor Learning Laboratory at the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) located in Elkins Park, PA, has an anticipated opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow starting in early 2021. Under the direction of Aaron Wong, Ph.D., the laboratory investigates how people acquire skilled actions through interactions between the motor system and cognition. The Fellow will specifically focus on investigating how individuals imitate and use tools, and how the neurological disorder of apraxia following left-hemisphere stroke disrupts these abilities. Research will involve motion tracking in neurotypicals and individuals with stroke; kinematic analysis of the upper limb; and lesion-symptom mapping approaches to explore brain-behavior relationships. This project is a collaboration with Laurel Buxbaum, Psy.D. at MRRI, and John Krakauer, M.D. at Johns Hopkins University. More broadly, this work seeks to understand how people learn and plan complex, real-world behaviors, and the fellow will be encouraged to explore these larger themes in establishing an independent line of work. MRRI is internationally known for its research in neuroscience and neurorehabilitation (for more information, go to https://mrri.org/). MRRI maintains a strong postdoctoral training program; the Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in the formal NIH T32 training curriculum in translational neurorehabilitation. This is an approximately 3 year position, and offers competitive salary and benefits.
Applicants should hold a Ph.D., or anticipate a Ph.D. by Spring 2021, in Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, Psychology, Kinesiology, or a closely related discipline. Favorable consideration will be given to applicants with expertise or substantial interest in motor planning and cognition; prior experience working with clinical populations; skills in programming, data analysis, and statistics; and a strong record of research productivity.
We strongly encourage applications from individuals who identify as members of historically under-represented groups on the basis of racial or ethnic status, as representing diversity on the basis of sexual orientation, or as representing diversity on the basis of disability status. This may be indicated in the cover letter. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and are committed to ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strive to select candidates representing different kinds of programs and theoretical orientations, geographic areas, ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, disabilities, and life experiences.
To apply, please email a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to Dr. Wong:
Dr. Aaron Wong
Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
50 Township Line Rd.
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Postdoctoral fellow in cognitive neuroscience of semantics
University of South Carolina
A post-doctoral research position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Rutvik Desai at the University of South Carolina, Department of Psychology. The lab focuses on cognitive neuroscience of language, semantic memory, and embodiment of concepts using neuroimaging, brain stimulation, patient studies, lesion-symptom mapping, and computational modeling. Excellent facilities for fMRI, TMS, tDCS, and eye tracking are available. The Fellow will have an exciting opportunity to pursue collaborative and self-directed projects at the Institute for Mind and Brain (http://mindandbrain.sc.edu/).
Candidates with a PhD in any of the cognitive sciences (e.g., Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science) are welcome to apply. A research background in cognitive neuroscience/cognitive science, relevant to semantic or language processing, is required. Expertise with fMRI (including MVPA), or brain stimulation (TMS or tDCS) is required. Experience in one or more of lesion-symptom mapping, behavioral testing or imaging of patient populations, EEG, connectionist modeling, or machine learning is also a positive, along with skills in programming and statistics (e.g., Python, Matlab, R). A promising publication record is a plus. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Applications should include a CV, brief statement of research experience and interests, and names of three referees (who will be asked for a reference letter if necessary; actual letters are not required initially). Starting date in Spring 2021 is desirable, but is flexible. Applications should be sent to email@example.com and will be assessed as they arrive.
The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.
Postdoc:Network neuroscience, neurology, & brain stimulation
A new postdoctoral position is available in the Cognitive Neuroengineering and Wellbeing laboratory (CogNeW) directed by John Medaglia:
Areas of emphasis for this position will be to use neuroimaging (fMRI, DWI, EEG) approaches to identify personalized predictors of language and executive function in (1) healthy and neurological samples and (2) after noninvasive brain stimulation (primarily TMS, tDCS). The candidate would be supported with available NIH and donor funding depending on their qualifications and core interests.
Individuals with primary training in network (neuro)science, neuroimaging, and predictive modeling are strongly encouraged to apply. Additional experience with clinical samples, cognitive neurology and neuroscience, and computerized testing is preferred.
Depending on mutual interests, the candidate could work with available and accruing data in healthy samples, stroke, and primary progressive aphasia. In addition, a new area of special focus within the laboratory predictive modeling and adaptive neuromodulation to improve cognitive function.
CogNeW lab is highly interdisciplinary, and we maintain active funded collaborations with researchers at Penn and Georgetown University. PI Medaglia is a core faculty member in the Brain Science, Translation, Innovation, and Modulation Center (brainSTIM) at the Perelman School of Medicine, in which the candidate can cross-affiliate. The candidate will participate in ongoing joint research meetings and have access to relevant seminar series at collaborating institutions.
Direct inquiries are welcome.
Thank you and stay safe!
|Research Assistant Positions|
Research Assistant Position
RA Position in Educational Neuroscience at Georgetown
Cognitive Neuroscience and Education
The Georgetown Laboratory for Relational Cognition, directed by Adam Green, anticipates hiring a research coordinator for an NSF-funded study of concept development and reasoning in real-world high school STEM education. Primary responsibilities will include interfacing with students and families as well as teachers and school administrators. Depending on level of interest, the research coordinator will have substantial opportunity to engage with all aspects of the project, including collection and analysis of behavioral and brain-imaging data. This project seeks to contribute to bridging the gap between the real-world classroom and the cognitive neuroscience laboratory.
The preferred start range for this position is early fall of 2021. Compensation is based on Georgetown pay scales, depending on qualifications and experience.
Applicants should send a cover letter describing relevant experiences and career goals, a current resume/CV, a college transcript, and names and contact information of two people who can readily comment on the applicant's skills relevant to this position to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send any questions to Grace Porter, at email@example.com. To learn more about the lab, visit our website: cng.georgetown.edu
Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please see the Georgetown website for more information, or contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA) at (202) 687-4798. This position requires a criminal background check performed by Human Resources.
|Graduate Student Positions|
Graduate Student Position
Language Science Doctoral Program at UC Irvine
Department of Language Science
University of California, Irvine
The Department of Language Science at the University of California, Irvine, invites applications for Fall, 2021, for our language science doctoral program (https://grad.uci.edu/academics/degree-programs/phd/LanguageSciencePHD.php). UCI is located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego, and just minutes from the ocean. We are a Department of Language Science that merges the cross-disciplinarity of linguistics, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience with a focus on computational and experimental studies of language development, semantics and pragmatics, syntax, speech, and bilingualism. As the first of its kind in the country, our program provides a new approach to the science of language, enabling exciting opportunities for deep collaboration and cutting edge cross-fertilization. Our aim is to prepare students to be at the forefront of change in the field, empowering them to be the future leaders driving innovation. Our faculty bring expertise in innovative technologies for quantitative, neuroscientific, and behavioral approaches to language science.
We anticipate adding a number of new faculty by Fall, 2021 who will add to existing strengths and contribute to the breadth of our graduate program. Language Science graduate training incorporates curricular flexibility, development of technical communication skills, and prioritization of research early in the graduate career. We welcome applications from students who wish to develop cross-disciplinary collaborations across different faculty research programs. New students will join a cohort of 11 graduate students and two post doctoral fellows.
We encourage prospective students to contact faculty for specific information about their labs or Judith Kroll (firstname.lastname@example.org), graduate director, for more general information about the program. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2020.
The core language science faculty include:
Richard Futrell (email@example.com): linguistics, natural language processing, Bayesian modeling, information theory
Gregory Hickok (firstname.lastname@example.org): neuroanatomy of language, neural plasticity, neuroimaging, cognitive neuroscience
Judith Kroll (email@example.com): bilingualism, cognition, language processing, cognitive neuroscience
Lisa Pearl (firstname.lastname@example.org): language development, linguistics, computational sociolinguistics, cognitive modeling
Gregory Scontras (email@example.com): formal semantics, computational and experimental studies of meaning, heritage languages
Affiliated language science faculty include:
Alyssa Brewer (firstname.lastname@example.org): neuroimaging of visual perception, visual deficits, neurological disorders
Brandy Gatlin (email@example.com): language, reading, writing, cultural and linguistic diversity, measurement and assessment, instruction
Young-Suk Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org): Language, cognition, reading, writing, development, bilingual & biliteracy acquisition, dual language learners, English learners
J. Zoe Klemfuss (email@example.com): narrative development; children's autobiographical memory; sociocontextual influences on children's narrative, memory, and well-being; children's eyewitness abilities
Glenn Levine (firstname.lastname@example.org): applied linguistics, theoretical linguistics, foreign language pedagogy, German-Jewish literature, Yiddish language and literature
Elizabeth Peña (email@example.com): bilingualism, language impairment, language development, assessment bias and measurement
Rubén G. Rumbaut ( firstname.lastname@example.org): international immigration, refugee movements, bilingualism and language loss, educational and occupational achievement
Sameer Singh (email@example.com): large-scale machine learning, information extraction, natural language processing, probabilistic programming, interactive machine learning, distributed & parallel inference, semi-supervised learning
Julio Torres (firstname.lastname@example.org): heritage and second language acquisition, bilingualism, cognition, task-based language learning, curriculum & instruction
Kai Wehmeier (email@example.com): logic, philosophy of logic and language, early analytic philosophy, philosophy of mathematics
Virginia Mann (firstname.lastname@example.org): reading ability, speech perception
Bernard Tranel (email@example.com): linguistic theory, phonology, phonetics, morphology, Optimality Theory, Romance languages, French linguistics, tone languages, Margi, Mixtec
Graduate Student Position
Open PhD position - music & eye-tracking
Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics
The PhD candidate will work on a research project related to the behavioral and neural foundations of aesthetic experiences, together with principal investigators Dr. Elke Lange and Dr. Lauren Fink.
The researcher will assist with several projects related to music and eye tracking, investigating a) which auditory features and cognitive states influence eye movement dynamics, and b) whether specific patterns of ocular activity can be used to predict listeners' aesthetic evaluation of music. The studies will be designed as a series of laboratory experiments using an Eye Link 1000 tracker. It is also conceivable that eye movement activity data recorded in the lab may be compared with mobile eye-tracking data collected in the concert hall. In many of the planned investigations, the researcher will take primary responsibility for implementing the experiments and analyzing the respective data. Therefore, we are seeking a highly self-motivated individual who has sufficient knowledge of a computer programming language.
Full details here: https://www.aesthetics.mpg.de/en/career/jobs/researcher-phd-candidate.html
Graduate Student Position
Seeking motivated Ph.D. candidates
Cognitive, Developmental, and Social Neuroscience
The University of California, Riverside
Multiple positions are now available for motivated Ph.D. candidates seeking training in cognitive, developmental, and social neuroscience at the University of California, Riverside (http://www.psychology.ucr.edu). Our interdisciplinary programs include a collaborative group of faculty who conduct basic, applied, and translational research to study various psychological processes and their neural substrates using behavioral, computational, and neuroimaging (EEG, MRI) techniques.
Interested students are encouraged to contact faculty directly about their research interests and training goals. Areas of specialization include:
- Neurocognitive aging of learning and memory (Dr. Ilana Bennett, firstname.lastname@example.org); http://www.lanilab.ucr.edu
- Neural bases of self, social cognition, intergroup behavior and social decision-making (Dr. Brent Hughes, email@example.com); http://www.hugheslab.org
- Brain bases underlying the development of emotion understanding (Dr. Kalina Michalska, firstname.lastname@example.org); http://ucrkindlab.com
- Basic and translational research on perception, learning and memory (Dr. Aaron Seitz, email@example.com); https://faculty.ucr.edu/~aseitz and https://bgc.ucr.edu
- Developmental cognitive neuroscience of attention and learning across the lifespan (Dr. Rachel Wu, firstname.lastname@example.org); http://www.callalab.com
- Cognitive neuroscience of perception, attention, and memory (Dr. Weiwei Zhang, email@example.com); https://memory.ucr.edu
Applications for admission in Fall 2021 are due December 1, 2020. For more information about how to apply, please visit: https://psychology.ucr.edu/graduate-study/prospective-graduate-students.
Graduate Student Position
Brandeis University PhD and MA programs
Applications are open for the PhD and MA programs in Psychology at Brandeis University
Deadlines: PhD - Dec 1; MA - rolling, priority for applications received before February 1.
Located in Waltham, MA (10 miles from downtown Boston), we offer graduate training in a mentorship-based research program. The Master of Arts program provides students with an understanding of the scientific foundations of psychology and direct experience in research methods. Our doctoral program, including a track in the integrated study of Brain, Body, and Behavior (funded by NIGMS), develops researchers and teachers who will become leaders in psychological science. Information on the programs:
Potential applicants are encouraged to contact faculty of interest: https://www.brandeis.edu/psychology/people/index.html
Newer additions to the department include:
Berry, Anne: cognitive neuroscience, executive function, neuromodulator systems (dopamine, acetylcholine), aging
Howard, James: reward, learning, and decision-making in humans, using neuroimaging, associative learning tasks, computational modeling, and non-invasive brain stimulation
Graduate Student Position
Cognitive Psychology Graduate Admissions
Cognitive, Cognitive Neuroscience
Pennsylvania State University
Faculty in the Cognitive Area of the Psychology Department at Penn State University are looking for highly motivated candidates for admission to the PhD program. Professors Roger Beaty, Michele Diaz, Elisabeth Karuza, Suzy Scherf, Janet van Hell, Daniel Weiss, and Brad Wyble are now accepting graduate student applications for admission in Fall 2021. We employ a variety of behavioral and neuroimaging (EEG & fMRI) techniques to explore the psychology and neuroscience of creativity, including metaphor production and contributions of semantic memory to verbal creativity (Beaty); the neurobiology of language production and aging (Diaz); the cognitive neuroscience of learning (Karuza); typical and atypical development of social information processing (Scherf); bilingualism and language development (Van Hell); the statistical learning mechanisms underlying language acquisition (Weiss); and computational mechanisms of visual attention and memory (Wyble). Many of us are members of the Center for Language Science: a vibrant, interdisciplinary, and collaborative language community of language researchers with expertise in bilingualism, speech language pathology, psycholinguistics, and cognitive neuroscience. Penn State offers state of the art, proximally located, equipment and facilities, including a Siemens Prisma Fit 3.0T MRI system, EEG recording suites, fNIRS, tDCS, and eye-tracking equipment. The Penn State psychology department has an outstanding track record of research, with a strong commitment to graduate student mentoring and development. Students can also pursue Dual-Title Doctoral Degrees in Psychology and Language Science or Psychology and Social Behavioral Neuroscience, as well as a Specialization in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Interested students are encouraged to contact us to discuss their research ideas and training goals.
Roger Beaty: firstname.lastname@example.org https://sites.google.com/view/beaty-cncl/
Michele Diaz: email@example.com https://sites.psu.edu/mdiazlab/
Elisabeth Karuza: firstname.lastname@example.org https://karuzalab.la.psu.edu/
Suzy Scherf: email@example.com https://www.suzyscherf.com/
Janet van Hell: firstname.lastname@example.org http://bild.la.psu.edu/
Daniel Weiss: email@example.com http://www.pennstatebabylab.com
Brad Wyble: firstname.lastname@example.org http://wyblelab.com
Applications are due December 1, 2020. For more information about how to apply, visit:
Review of applications will begin immediately after the December 1st deadline. For more information about the cognitive area, visit: http://psych.la.psu.edu/graduate/program-areas/cognitive
Graduate Student Position
PhD student in Cognition, Brain, & Behavior program
University of Notre Dame
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory and Aging Lab is looking for exceptional candidates for admission to the PhD program in Cognition, Brain, and Behavior. Professor Nathan Rose is currently accepting graduate student applications for admission in Fall 2021. The lab employs a variety of behavioral, neuroimaging, and neurostimulation techniques to advance the cognitive neuroscience of memory and aging. Current NSF funded projects are exploring the neurocognitive bases of working memory and episodic memory using a combination of MRI and EEG with simultaneous TMS (for related work, see https://science.sciencemag.org/content/354/6316/1136).
The lab also studies prospective memory, how cognitive theories can be applied to understanding memory performance in the real world, and how cognitive training techniques can be utilized to improve memory performance in healthy young adults, healthy older adults, and in patients with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias (ADRD). Other NIH funded projects aim to help validate biomarkers of ADRD using the ND Study on Health and Wellbeing. The successful candidate will also have access to the ND Virtual Reality (VR) lab, which has several HTV Vive VR systems and 360 degree treadmills for immersive VR research and training.
Interested students should email email@example.com to describe their training background, research interests, and training goals. Please attach your C.V., any relevant presentations or publications, and contact details for 1-2 professional references. Students with expertise in cognitive neuroimaging and/or neurostimulation methods, as well computer programming and computational analysis (using Matlab, Python, R, Unity) will be given special consideration.
Open Source Resources for Teaching Undergraduates ERPs
Cognitive Neuroscience Teaching Resources
Mount Holyoke College
The PURSUE project (Preparing Undergraduate for Research in STEM Related fields Using Electrophysiology) is pleased to announce the official launch of our free online teaching materials designed to support teaching electrophysiological methodologies (EEG/ERPs) to undergraduates.
Among the resources available directly on our website PURSUE.com or by request are:
*Introductory Methods Slides
*2-3 Day Introduction to EEG/ERPs (powerpoints plus supplemental activities)
*Data Processing Labs -Labs include: Filtering, Bad Channels and Epoching, Artifact Rejection, Average and Grand Averages, Waveform Quantification, and Statistical Analysis.
*Sample ERP Data -Raw EEG files and average files are provided for 20 participants for each of three components (P300, N400, an N2pc). Additionally, data from 5 individual difference measures are provided for each of the components for testing different hypotheses.
These materials are designed for undergraduates but can be used in courses and labs for students and researchers at any level. Most PURSUE class module materials are licensed under Creative Commons ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) and can therefore be modified for you own use in courses and trainings.
For more information and to request materials visit our website at PURSUE.com.
Preparation of these materials was made possible by Supported by grants from NSF DUE 1625521 & 1914858, DUE 1625610 & 1914834, DUE 1626554 & 1914855, the Association for Psychological Science Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychology Science, and the James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award for Understanding Human Cognition
U. Wisconsin Psychology Research Experience Program
This NSF-funded SROP provides 10 weeks of intensive mentored research experience in a Dept. of Psychology or affiliated lab, plus a weekly data science boot camp, for URM/1st gen/low income undergraduates interested in a career in academic psychology or neuroscience or data science. It ran successfully in the summer of 2020*, and you are encouraged to encourage your best trainees to apply. The application portal will go live October 15. More detail at https://psych.wisc.edu/diversity-home/psychology-research-experience-program-prep/
Cognitive Neuroscience Society 27th Annual Meeting
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