Summer Research Assistantship

The Infant Cognition Lab at UMass Amherst (directed by Dr. Erik Cheries) is offering a limited number of summer research positions. These are volunteer positions that provide students with valuable lab training in developmental psychology (and a good letter of recommendation).

Research Topics

Our studies explore how infants and young children perceive and think about the world around them. Current studies explore:

• Moral Reasoning and how infants interpret the intentions and actions of others
• How infants track the identity of objects and people over time
• Number Concepts prior to language

We use a variety of methods to investigate early knowledge in these areas: measuring infants' looking and reaching patterns and measuring their choices in simple experimental games.


Student interns will gain experience in all aspects of our research:

• Recruiting participants
• Running infant testing sessions in either UMass Center Springfield or Amherst lab locations
• Coding videos of infant behaviors & entering behavioral data for analysis
• Assisting in the design of new stimuli & experimental procedures
• Participating in lab meetings (discussing on-going studies/reading relevant articles)
• Presenting research ideas or journal article critiques to other lab members


• A 5-20 hour & 7-12 week commitment is required (the lab is open 9-5, M-F from early June to mid August; days & hours are very flexible)
• Applicants should be mature, articulate, and comfortable with parents and children.
• Applicants must be highly organized and reliable.
• Undergraduates at all stages are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to psychology (or related) majors with coursework in developmental psychology
• Being local to the Springfield area & can test participants in Springfield is highly desirable
• Ability to continue work into the regular school year is highly desirable but optional
• Being bilingual and/or of a diverse background (broadly defined) is highly desirable

To Apply
Go to: Summer Internship - The Infant Cognition Lab OR Email the following materials to

• Brief letter of interest
• Resume/Vita
• Unofficial transcript
• Name and number of someone we could contact for a reference
• Summer availability (start/end date, hours during week)

We will accept applications until all positions are filled. If you have any further questions, please contact Professor Cheries via the email address listed above.