Overview of Lab Interests

In addition to hallucinations and delusions, people with schizophrenia often have problems with cognition in many domains such as memory, learning, executive function, and attention. In the MAPS Lab, we are interested in the neurobiological mechanisms that support these cognitive processes in people without a psychiatric illness, and how these mechanisms are disrupted in people who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. By understanding the underlying pathophysiology that gives rise to cognitive impairment in schizophrenia, we hope to be able to develop more effective and targeted treatments for remediating these deficits.

Our studies are typically comprised of three phases: in Phase 1, research participants complete a diagnostic interview conducted by full-time research staff. In Phase 2, participants complete a battery of neuropsychological tests to assess cognitive functioning in different domains. Finally, in Phase 3, participants complete a series of computerized cognitive tasks, usually while electroencephalography (EEG) is recorded.

Your Role

Volunteer research assistants in the MAPS Lab will be expected to commit 7-8 hours per week for a minimum of two consecutive quarters. As a member of this lab, you will have opportunities to develop skills in a few specific areas, including:

  • Conducting intake clinical interviews with potential participants
  • Scoring neuropsychological tests
  • Assisting full-time research staff with session activities
  • Acquiring EEG data collection skills
  • Assisting with EEG preprocessing
  • Critical analysis of journal articles
  • Miscellaneous administrative tasks

As all volunteer research assistants are expected to assist with participant scheduling and phone interviews, you will begin with this skill. Contingent on good performance, there will be opportunities to expand your role in the lab to other advanced activities as well as promotion to part-time paid status at the conclusion of your two-quarter commitment.

We are currently accepting applications for Winter 2023 and Spring 2023. The application portal is currently open and can be accessed here.

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