Participant Recruitment

We are recruiting subjects for the studies posted below. If you would like to be notified of future fMRI, tDCS, or EEG studies, let us know and we will add you to our lab's mailing list.

Memory Througout the Lifespan Experiment

The purpose of this functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study is to investigate the relationship between various personality and cognitive factors and memory. The study will take place on two separate days and will last about two hours each day. Participants will respond to questionnaires, complete cognitive tests, and have their brain activity measured using fMRI. Participants will be compensated with $20/hour and will receive an image of their brain.

To be eligible, participants must:
  • Be between the ages of 60 and 75
  • Be a native English-speaker
  • Be right-handed
  • Be in general good physical and cognitive health
  • Not have a cardiac pacemaker, any other implantable electronic devices, or any brain clips
  • Not be claustrophobic

Please contact us or call us at (805) 283-9603 for more information.

Research assistants

We occasionally hire research assistants to assist in the collection or analysis of data. Research assistants may work for course credit (by enrolling in Psy 99 or 199). The description and requirements associated with the position are listed below.

Research Assistant Duties

  • Administer or help administer behavioral, fMRI, EEG, or tDCS experiments.
  • Participate in pilot studies (as necessary).
  • Assist in experimental design or data analysis (as necessary). This may include selecting stimuli for an experiment, conducting relevant literature reviews, or helping analyze data.

Desired Qualitites

  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Sophomore standing or higher
  • Psychology or Biopsychology major
  • Ability to work long-term (at least 3 quarters)
  • Strong communication skills
  • Highly self-motivated, reliable, and professional

If you are interested in applying for this position, please fill out the application (download the application) and turn it in along with your resume and an unofficial transcript . You may also submit a brief personal statement or other documents if you feel that your resume, transcript, and application do not fully reflect your qualifications or background. You may submit the materials via email to or drop them off at room 2117 of the Psychology building.

If you have any questions regarding the position or the application process, please send us a message or email Nikki at