Parents

Our Current Studies

We are excited to announce that we have begun welcoming families back into the lab! We now have a combination of online and in-person games for children of a variety of ages to participate in.

How does an online study work?

We currently use Zoom to conduct our online studies. We find that Zoom is easy to download and very user-friendly!
In our current studies, we read a story out-loud to children as they follow along with on-screen characters. We then ask children questions about the story to see what they think!

How does a study at the lab work?

Our lab is located in Berkeley at 2121 Berkeley Way West. For in-lab studies, we invite parents to come meet us at our building and have their children participate in a hands-on research game with us. We love to see how children explore and interact with the games we have prepared for them.

Why should my child participate?

Most children really enjoy participating in our research studies! We know that this is a hectic time for many people and participating in these kinds of games offers a new activity for children to engage with. It is great opportunity for your child to have fun, while contributing to the advancement of science.

Interested in signing up? You can do so here:

https://forms.gle/1ipiTCrEQjy2oDgb9

Or send us an email at socialoriginslab@berkeley.edu

Students

Research Assistants

The Social Origins Lab typically accepts new research assistants at the beginning of each semester, dependent on lab needs and capacity. All levels of experience are encouraged to apply!

Our lab explores how social and cognitive abilities arise and interact with one another in human development and across species and cultures. In doing so, our research studies in Berkeley primarily involve working with children of various age ranges.  Responsibilities for research assistants include running online studies with young children, helping to recruit participants, collecting and coding video data, and assisting with administrative tasks. We are in the process of transitioning to in-person research. Research activities will likely be a hybrid of in-person and remote work, though research assistants should be able to travel to our research sites. Minimum expected time commitment is 9hrs/wk.

We have opportunities available through URAP, Work Study, and Psych 199!

Summer Internship

Applications will be open from February 6th to March 17th at 9:00 AM PDT.

Under the direction of Dr. Jan Engelmann, the lab explores how social and cognitive abilities arise and interact with one another in human development and across species and cultures. In doing so, our research studies primarily involve working with children of various age ranges.  The summer intern will work closely with graduate students to facilitate the research process. Responsibilities for the intern will include running research studies with young children, helping to recruit participants, collecting and coding video data, and assisting with administrative tasks. 

The 8-week internship will take place between June 5th – July 31st in Berkeley, CA. Interns are expected to commit to the entirety of the internship and will work approximately 30 hours/week. The lab will provide a stipend of $2400, but please note that we are unable to assist with finding/providing housing. 

UC Berkeley students and students from other universities in the US are encouraged to apply. 

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Qualifications:

Must be excited about developmental psychology 
Prior experience working with children
Must be organized, reliable, have strong communication skills, and attention to detail 
Prior research experience is beneficial, but not required

Required: 

Must be enthusiastic and comfortable interacting with both children and parents 
Able to commit up to 30 hours/week for 8 weeks 
Must be a current undergraduate or recent graduate
*Proof of full vaccination and ability to pass a background check are required for all successful applicants.

Contact

You may contact the lab manager, Eliza, via email at socialoriginsmanager@berkeley.edu