Lab - Behavior Genetics

Behavior Genetics Lab

The primary aim of Dr. Burt's Behavior Genetics lab is to examine developmental differences in genetic, environmental, and neurobiological influences on internalizing (e.g., depression) and externalizing (e.g., acting out behaviors) symptoms.  Specifically, Dr. Burt is interested in studying the role of gene-environment interplay in the development of aggressive and rule-breaking behaviors (collectively referred to as antisocial behaviors).

Requirements include:

1. At least a 3.0 GPA
2. A full one-year commitment to the lab (Spring, Summer, and Fall Semesters) 
3. A 10 hour/week commitment
4. Must be able to attend the weekly lab meeting
5. Must have availability during the week to run 3-4 1 1/2 hour assessments in the lab
 

Benefits of working in the lab:

1. Great research experience working directly with participants
2. A letter of recommendation (only if you end up doing the full year commitment) 
3. Exposure to graduate school and what it would be like - we host a grad school talk every year
4. You may also receive PSY 490/491 credit if you are interested
5. Working in a fun, motivating environment with other students who have similar interests!

Lab duties:

1. Running assessments in the lab
2. Data entry and coding
3. Various clerical duties, including making copies, assembling research materials, etc.

To apply for a research assistant position or to learn more about the position, please contact Justin Bennett at benne457@msu.edu.