Undergraduate Students: 
The Social Cognition Lab provides hands-on laboratory experience through 'directed lab' courses, volunteer research assistant positions, and the honours thesis. Students are involved in all aspects of the research, including study design, participant recruitment, testing, data analysis, and weekly lab meetings. If you are interested, please email Dr. Kuhlmeier a resume that includes an unofficial transcript and a brief (one paragraph) description of your reasons for pursuing this training.

Graduate Students: 
Members of Dr. Kuhlmeier’s lab have the opportunity to work with infants, children, and adults, receiving training in techniques such as eye-tracking, traditional looking time methodologies, and various object-choice paradigms. The Queen’s Psychology Department provides a collaborative environment, and students are encouraged to develop projects that bridge laboratories (Drs. Sabbagh, Kelley, Fitneva, Hollenstein, Craig, Olmstead, Tusche, etc.).
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Summer Research Students: 
Each summer the Social Cognition Lab at Queen’s University offers a limited number of research training positions for university undergraduates. Students will gain valuable experience with current techniques for investigating conceptual development in infants and children. Some of the studies that you may be involved in include:

  • Differentiating of animate and inanimate objects in infancy

  • Understanding of intentional and goal-directed behaviour in infancy

  • Engaging in pro-social and cooperative behaviour in early childhood

  • Selective social learning in infancy and early childhood


What is involved?

Students will have the opportunity to work exclusively with a graduate student on a research project. This allows students the opportunity to be deeply involved in a project and gain a solid understanding of the process of designing and conducting a study. 

Responsibilities will include recruiting and contacting research participants; running experiments with infants and children (3 months to 6-years-old) coding and entering data, preparing materials for studies; conducting and organizing literature searches. You will also have the opportunity to participate in weekly lab meetings and reading groups led by Dr. Kuhlmeier and her graduate students. During these meetings, students are engage in stimulating conversations discussing articles on current findings in psychology and related fields.


Summer students will also have time to explore the Kingston area with other lab members through interactive and fun lab events. For example, past lab events include trips to the Wolfe Island Corn Maze, beach and camping trips, and boat rides on the St. Lawrence River.

Who should apply?

Students interested in developmental psychology and who have a keen interest in pursuing graduate work in this field.

When does the program run?

The program starts early May and ends July 31.

Is the position full time or part time?

The position will require students to be in the lab on a part-time basis. This allows time for taking courses or holding part-time employment in the Kingston area.

Can I be paid for the position? 

We are unable to offer a salary for this position. Time contributed to the lab by the students will be strictly voluntary. However, you may be able to apply for summer research grants or work-study programs through your home institution. Please ask your university registrar for more information.

Queen’s University offers work-study grants to its current undergraduates who meet certain criteria. If interested in this opportunity, please check your eligibility HERE  and indicate this on your application. 

How can do I apply?

Deadline for applications is April 9 or until the positions are filled. Please download the APPLICATION and return to the lab coordinator, Sara Jones. Remember to include an unofficial transcript and a copy of your resume with your application.