Psychology 196B: Research in Cognitive Science

Course Description

Psych 196B (Assistantship in Cognitive Science) offers Cognitive Science majors the opportunity to assist Psychology Department faculty members and graduate students who are conducting research in the area of Cognitive Science. To receive credit for Research in Cognitive Science course, students are required to work (non-paid) a minimum of 7 hours per week for the 10-week quarter (Summer enrollees are required to work a minimum of 68 hours over the 6-week session) and attend a one-hour weekly meeting, arranged by the faculty sponsor. A five to eight page typed research paper is also required. Students will be required to present their quarter-long work and paper to their faculty sponsor and lab members in a research meeting.

Course Forms and Deadlines

  1. Find a research position. Four to five weeks prior to the start of the quarter, look through the approved research positions and contact the Research Coordinator to secure your research placement. If you have a position with a Cognitive Science faculty member, that will be automatically approved as well.
  2. Propose a new research site. If you are proposing to work with a research position that is not already listed as an approved position or with a Cognitive Science faculty member, the faculty member you request to work with will need to complete the Lab Position Placement Form for Faculty by Friday, June 14th at 11:59pm for Summer Session A 2024. Position Placement Forms received after the deadline will not be reviewed.
  3. Create a Psych 196B course contract. Instructions can be found below under “how to enroll.” Obtain your faculty mentor’s signature on the course contract. This is the only signature that you need on this form, despite the form indicating otherwise. ENSURE YOU CREATE THE CONTRACT FOR 241. IF YOUR CONTRACT IS CREATED FOR THE WRONG TERM, THEN YOUR CONTRACT WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.
  4. Submit your forms. Signed course contracts must be submitted to the Psychology Advising Office via MyUCLA’s Message Center by Friday, June 28th at 11:59pm for Summer Session A 2024 in order to be enrolled in the course. Course Contracts and Supplemental Forms submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed.

Please note that enrollment in your contract course may take up to 10 business days. All contracts submitted by the deadline will be processed by the end of Week 2, pending there are no issues with your course contract. Do not send multiple messages to the Psychology Undergraduate Advising office checking in on the progress of your course contract, as this slows down processing for all students.

Course Guidelines

How to Enroll

Research Paper

A typed paper of at least five pages and three references is required. The topic of the paper must be directly related to the project you are working on. A satisfactory paper demonstrates that you have researched the topic, organized and integrated the information, and linked the research activities to the topic. You must turn in a copy of the research paper to your faculty sponsor by Friday of Finals Week.

Faculty Sponsor’s Responsibilities

The faculty sponsor must be a regular faculty member in the Psychology Department. Post Docs and Graduate Students may guide the Research in Psychology students in research projects only under the supervision of a regular faculty member. Sponsors should lead a one-hour weekly seminar or lab meeting, provide written feedback to the student on their research paper, and evaluate the student at the end of the quarter. Sponsors are also responsible for disseminating departmental information and regulations regarding running subjects, otherwise they risk their project being banned from the use of the subject pool.