Lab - The Child Twin Video Coding

The Child Twin Video Coding Lab

The primary aim of the Child Twin Video Coding lab, directed by Dr. S. Alexandra Burt, is to assist in the study of gene-environment interplay in the development of aggressive and rule-breaking behaviors by coding recorded parent/child interactions.  Dr. Burt's research focuses on developmental differences in genetic, environmental, and neurobiological influences on internalizing (e.g., depression) and externalizing (e.g., aggression) symptoms, and the Child Twin Video Coding team is part of the larger Twin Study of Behavioral and Emotional Development.

We are seeking undergraduate research assistants to assist in video coding on a volunteer basis or for PSY 490/491 credit. This project involves watching videos of children and their parents draw pictures on an Etch a Sketch, scoring the videos, and doing some minimal data entry.


  • Watching DVDs of parent/child interactions
  • Coding videos
  • Attending weekly coding meetings
  • Data entry (minimal)


  • 12 month commitment
  • Summer availability
  • 10 hours per week 
  • 3.0 GPA minimum
  • 1 Mandatory weekly meeting

Must enjoy working as part of a team!
Must be dependable, self-motivated, and detail-oriented
No experience necessary

To apply for a research assistant position or to learn more about the position, please contact Justin at