Are you interested in working as a research assistant

in the Social Minds Lab for the summer 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 15 hours a week in the lab and attend our weekly lab meetings on Tuesdays from 2-3pm.

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 Luke Quarles at

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


Courses: Fall 2018

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 353- Social Development 

Course Description: Humans would be not the species we are without the ability to connect with others, learn from others, and cooperate in groups. In this lecture course, we look at children’s developing social abilities as an important foundation of human nature. How do we develop as social beings? What are the biological, cultural, and individual factors that influence this development? We will look the development of social behavior from infancy into adolescence, focusing on the types of behaviors that are most relevant at each age. This includes infant attachment, parenting, cultural learning, theory of mind, ingroup-outgroup behavior, cooperative and antisocial behavior, peer interaction and romantic relationships. You will hear about classic findings from psychology, as well as ongoing debates, with many illustrative examples from children and nonhuman primates. 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.