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 is currently seeking prospective graduate students to begin in Fall 2020.  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- and health-related behavior.  Interested applicants can find more information about our program on our graduate program website.  Please note that the application deadline is December 15th.

Undergraduate Research Assistants (RAs): RAs are expected to commit 8-10 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, at the Boston Children’s Museum, 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 parents 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.  Research Assistants begin as volunteers and can receive academic credit after one semester of experience.  The lab is no longer accepting applications for Fall 2019, but will begin reviewing applications for Spring 2020 in early November.  If you are interested in joining the Tufts Cognitive Development lab as an RA, please fill out an application.  Feel free to contact Professor Muentener at with any questions.