The Crockett Lab is currently recruiting undergraduate research assistants for Summer 2019 through externally funded programs. Summer RAs gain experience in all aspects of our research, including experimental design, data collection, data analysis, and communicating our findings to the scientific community and general public. Current questions we are investigating include:

  • What makes someone a hypocrite?

  • How does social media affect our moral emotions?

  • How do people evaluate the artwork of immoral artists?

  • How do we learn whether someone is trustworthy?

  • How do we deceive others – and ourselves?

  • Can we predict moral choices from brain activity?

We address these questions and more using a variety of methods, including behavioral experiments in the lab and online, brain imaging, and field experiments (studying human behavior “in the wild”, e.g. at museums and festivals like Burning Man). To learn more about our research, take a look at our publications. If this sounds interesting to you, please read on!  

Ideal candidates for these positions:

  • Are enthusiastic about studying the social mind and brain using a variety of methods, and have a deep curiosity about human nature;

  • Are familiar with research methods in psychology and/or neuroscience, either through coursework or past research experience;

  • Enjoy working in teams;

  • Are well organized with a high level of attention to detail;

  • Are familiar and comfortable working with computers (including word processors, spreadsheets, graphics programs, etc.). Fluency in scientific computing languages (e.g. Matlab, Python, Java, R, shell scripting) would be a plus, but certainly isn't required.

We are currently seeking applicants who wish to apply for external funding through the following programs:

If you would like to apply for a Summer RA position in our lab through one of these programs, please send an email to with the subject line “Summer RA application: Lastname” and containing the following information:

  1. What is your name, email address, undergraduate institution, major (if you have one), and anticipated graduation year?  

  2. Which of the above listed programs are you interested in applying to? Have you checked your eligibility?

  3. Why are you interested in gaining research experience?

  4. What aspects of our research are you especially excited about, and why? Do you have any past experiences that make you particularly qualified for these projects?

  5. What relevant courses have you taken?

  6. Please describe any prior research experience you've had, including your specific responsibilities in the projects you’ve assisted with.

  7. Do you have experience with any form of computer programming? If so, please describe what languages you are comfortable with and your level of experience. If not, are you interested in learning?  

  8. Do you have any ideas for follow-up studies based on our lab’s published research?