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Research Laboratories

Interested in working in a research laboratory? A number of laboratories on campus conduct cognitive science research and are often seeking undergraduate assistants and interns. Explore the research labs listed below by clicking on the links and reading about the research focus and projects. Contact the Weinberg Institute to explore research funding opportunities.


Research Laboratories

Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Faculty: Rada Mihalcea

Attention and Cognitive Control Laboratory
Faculty: Daniel Weissman

Basic and Applied Cognition Laboratory
Faculty: Priti Shah

Brain, Cognition, and Action Laboratory
Faculty: David E. Meyer

Cognition, Control, and Action Lab
Faculty: Taraz Lee

Cognitive and Affective Neuropsychology Laboratory
Faculty: Patricia Reuter-Lorenz

Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory
Faculty: John Jonides

Computational and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
Faculty: Thad Polk

Computational Neurolinguistics Lab
Faculty: Jon Brennan

Conceptual Development Lab
Faculty: Susan Gelman

Ecological Neuroscience Lab
Faculty: Stephanie Preston

Exploration of Psychopathology in Clinical Science (EPICS) Lab
Faculty: Patricia Deldin

Human Brain Electrophysiology Lab
Faculty: Bill Gehring

Judgment and Decision Making Lab
Faculty: Frank Yates

Language & Cognitive Architecture Lab
Faculty: Richard Lewis

Linguistics Research Labs
Faculty: Multiple

Mind, Machine, and Math (M3) Laboratory
Faculty: Jun Zhang

Multisensory Perception Lab
Faculty: David Brang

Psycholinguistics Laboratory
Faculty: Julie Boland

Psychology Research Labs
Faculty: Multiple


Research Profile:
Sean Anderson

As a junior majoring in cognitive science (computation track), Sean Anderson is interested in machine learning, cognition, and cognitive neuroscience. Last year, Sean had his first opportunity to explore these topics from a research perspective.

With scholarship support from the Weinberg Institute, Sean worked as a Research Assistant in U-M’s Cognition, Control, and Action Lab. The experience was invaluable, says Sean, and helped refine his academic and research path:

"Working in the lab gave me the chance to see what goes on in science behind the scenes--reading what someone else did, throwing ideas back and forth, and building something to show an assumption is not quite right. And that made me want to do it that much more."

Musicians and Athletes

In the lab, Sean assisted in analyzing data and later helped conduct lab experiments. The research explored the cognitive control processes at work when a person--such as a musician or an athlete--is under stress to perform at a high level. While exerting “goal-directed cognitive control” is generally beneficial in handling day-to-day activities, this strategy can backfire in high-pressure situations when thinking too much about a well-learned action sabotages its execution.

Read the full article.


Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) creates research partnerships between undergraduate students and University of Michigan researchers. All schools and colleges are active participants in UROP, which provides a wealth of interesting research topics for program participants.

Learn more about the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)