The Neurocognitive Development Lab offers opportunities to learn about and gain hands-on research experience in neurocognitive development.

Prospective Undergraduate Students

There are several ways in which undergraduates can be a part of our research laboratory. Students can register for course credit via Psyc 479 (Research in Psychology) or join us as volunteers.

Students in Psyc 479 will gain an introduction to laboratory techniques and research methodology, and will assist in running research projects. In addition to the research component, students will engage in a critical reading and discussion of relevant topics and will submit a paper at the end of the semester. Students are required to sign a contract at the beginning of the semester, and must submit this to the advising office. More information on Psyc 479 can be obtained from the Research Assistantships page.

In general, all students in the lab participate in hands-on research activities, attend weekly lab meetings, read journal articles, and participate in discussions. Responsibilities include participant recruitment, data entry and analysis, and assisting with behavioral, EEG, MRI, and PSG data collection.

If you are interested in joining our lab either as a student in Psyc 479 or as a volunteer, you can read more about our current RA qualifications and see a past opportunity posting on the PSYC Enews blog. Please note that we typically look to hire RAs and post the most up-to-date listings on the blog 3 times a year: prior to the Fall semester, prior to the Spring semester, and prior to Summer Break.

We ask for a commitment of 2 semesters, working a minimum of 6 hours a week during Fall and Spring, with 9 hours preferred.

Check out this article where former student Carli D. Fine talks about her experiences working with Dr. Riggins in the lab.


  1. Minimum 3.3 GPA

  2. Flexible availability a must (3+ hours of consecutive availability in the mornings/afternoons)

  3. Experience working with children

  4. Interest in developmental neuroscience

  5. Strong communication and organizational skills

  6. Some weekend availability required!

  7. Current Undergraduate Students

    Please log into lab remotely HERE.