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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Neuro-Learning and Performance (Kwak Lab)

Our competitive Research Intensives program places high-achieving high school students in professional working labs alongside distinguished faculty, graduate and undergraduate students.

Research Intensive in the Neuro-Learning and Performance Lab (Kwak Lab)

How do we learn adapt to the different stimuli in our environment? What makes us choose one thing versus another? Our lab focuses on investigating the neural bases of decision making, how it changes during development, and the sociocultural factors influencing the behavior.

During this program, students will be exposed to the latest research efforts in the field of decision neuroscience. Students will be involved in every aspect of daily laboratory activities, including recruiting participants, conducting experiment sessions, processing data and discussing scientific findings in lab meetings.

The Kwak Lab can host 2 students. Learn more


Program Overview

During this program, high school students will assist UMass faculty and graduate students in research labs while learning about research methodologies and contributing to ongoing research studies. Each student will create and present a research poster to faculty, fellow students, friends and family at a poster session at the end of the program.

Students will come away with an introduction to the field of Psychology, firsthand experience with university-level research, and an understanding of opportunities that exist for undergraduate students at a major R1 university such as UMass Amherst.



For all Research Intensives applications: In your statement of interest, please include 3 lab choices from our list of available labs along with a brief explanation of your interest in each one.