For Students


Interested in joining the Cognitive Development Lab at Tufts University?  We are looking for motivated undergraduate and graduate students to join our lab next semester!

Graduate Students: Professor Muentener will be reviewing applications for students interested in joining the lab in Fall 2024.  Ideal candidates will likely have an undergraduate degree in psychology or cognitive science, as well as research experience related to cognitive development.  The lab is broadly interested in conceptual development, with a  current focus on early causal learning, the impact of language on causal reasoning, and early causal theories of social-related behavior.  Interested applicants can find more information about our program on our graduate program website.  The application deadline is December 1st.

Undergraduate Research Assistants (RAs): RAs are expected to commit 10 hours per week working in the lab and will gain first-hand experience with all aspects of the research process.  These tasks include, but are not limited to: recruitment of child participants, creating stimuli for new studies, running research studies, coding and analyzing data, presenting current findings, and interacting with families.  Research is run on campus and at the Museum of Science, Boston. Specifically, we seek students who are hard working, outgoing, and excited to interact with children and their families.  Prior experience in research or in working with children and caregivers is preferred.  Given that training to conduct cognitive development research can take some time, we prefer RAs to commit to 2 semesters in the lab.  We often conduct research over the weekend, so availability during Saturday or Sunday is typically required.  Research Assistants begin as volunteers and can receive academic credit after one semester of experience. If you are interested in joining the Tufts Cognitive Development lab as an RA, please fill out an application. At this time, we do not anticipate any RA openings in the lab for the Spring 2024 semester.  We will keep your application and contact you in April as we begin to plan for Summer 2024 and Fall 2024 to see if you are still interested in an RA position.  Feel free to contact Professor Muentener at with any questions.