Participate in a Study

Thank you for exploring the possibility of becoming a research participant. The Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory conducts behavioral and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies. Behavioral studies are conducted here in the Psychology Department located on the third floor of Schermerhorn Hall on the main Columbia campus (note that the main entrance is on the fourth floor of the building, which means that we're located one floor below). fMRI studies are conducted in the functional imaging lab directed by Joy Hirsch located in the lower level of the Neurological Institute of New York on the Columbia medical school campus. If you're interested in participating in brain imaging study please e-mail Professor Kevin Ochsner, and we will get back to you with information about current studies.

Participate as an Undergraduate Research Assistant

Thank you for exploring the possibility of becoming involved in the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. The success of this laboratory depends heavily upon the involvement of bright and motivated undergraduates and recent graduates, and we welcome your interest in this research and teaching laboratory.

Our ongoing research projects explore the relationships between brain systems and emotional, self-reflective, self-regulatory, and social cognitive processes. To learn more about specific research projects, please visit the research page.

As a research assistant in the lab, you may have the opportunity to participate in and learn about various phases of the research cycle. Depending on when you become involved, and the duration of your involvement, you may play an essential role in the initial planning and design of studies, recruitment of participants, collection and analysis of data, and preparation of data for presentation and publication. Undergraduate research assistants may also participate in the lab for credit, and develop independent research projects as well.

If all of this sounds intriguing, please contact Professor Kevin Ochsner to arrange an interview. He may be reached via e-mail at ochsner@psych.columbia.edu . Thank you for your interest! We look forward to talking with you.

Participate as a Graduate Student or Postdoctoral Fellow

Graduate students join the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory via the doctoral program in psychology, and may seek admission to the program through either the Social or Cognitive areas of specialization. Postdoctoral fellows join the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory by making arrangements directly with Professor Kevin Ochsner.



Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
Department of Psychology
Columbia University

1190 Amsterdam Avenue
New York City, NY 10027