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Department ofPsychology

Childhood Cognitive Development Lab

PI: Lisa Whitfield

My lab’s research interests relate to school age children's cognitive development, specifically aspects of their executive function such as planning and attentional control.In the past few years, we have become interested in what kinds of school environments influence children’s ability to learn. Specifically, we have been testing the theory that exposure to nature might be able to enhance attention and memory in children.

I am currently recruiting 3-4 students to assist on an ongoing project in my lab. Students need to have completed Psyc1 and 2, and preferably 40, 43, and 185, although these are not required. In addition, students must be willing to commit 10 hours per week for lab meetings and data collection. Because we typically run our studies off campus and after school, students must have availability at least two days per week between 2:30 and 5:30 pm. It is also helpful if students have their own transportation to travel to local schools for data collection. A two-quarter commitment to the project is required.

If you are interested in working in my lab, please complete an application here