Are you interested in working as a research assistant

in the Social Minds Lab for Fall 2019?

The Social Minds Lab is seeking motivated students to assist with research focused on cooperative behaviors and social cognitive development in young children: What motivates children to help others? How does children’s sense of fairness emerge? Do children trust others and can children be trusted? As a research assistant, you will participate in a variety of research activities, including: recruiting and scheduling child participants and their families; testing children in the lab, at museums, and in public parks; data analysis including advanced video coding technology; and aiding in the development of new studies. An interest in psychology and working with children is essential, and previous experience is a plus. We ask you to commit to working 9-12 hours a week in the lab and attend our weekly lab meetings on Wednesdays from 1:30-3:00pm.

To apply, fill out the application form. Please make sure to attach your CV or resume to the application before submission.

If you have any questions, please email lab manager Mihir Pyakuryal at

We will begin reviewing applications soon and will continue to accept applications until all positions are filled.

Courses: Fall 2019

Dr. Warneken teaches courses on the evolution and development of social cognition that are a good starting point for getting involved in our research.

PSYCH 457- Citizens in the Crib: Children’s Developing Understanding of Fairness & Justice

Course Description: Is human nature selfish? How do we learn to tell right from wrong, good from evil, fair from unfair? Can we overcome prejudice and bias? Can we predict who will be a good citizen and who will become a psychopath? These are fundamental questions for all human societies, and also questions that have motivated recent research in the behavioral sciences investigating at the origins and the development of moral judgment and conduct. In this seminar, we will read recent articles and books by some of the most eloquent scientists in the field who are able to make their research accessible to the wider public. LSA Course Guide.

PSYCH 326- Faculty Directed Early Research for Psychology

​Research Assistants can gain course credit through many tasks and activities designed to strengthen their knowledge of development and research. Once accepted we will enter a permission for you to enroll in Dr. Warneken’s section of Psych 326.