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More specifically, the individual hired for this open Laboratory research assistant position will work in the lab of Dr. Peter Finn. The Finn lab focuses on investigating the cognitive, motivational, and neural processes associated with impulsive and/or risky decision making in those with alcohol and other substance use disorder and in those with high levels of externalizing psychopathology.
Research Topics Include:
Neural processes associated with decision making and emotion regulation which implicate various brain structures associated with executive function.
Investigation of mechanisms by which risky and impulsive decision-making can be modified or improved via training or other experimental manipulations.
Neural mechanisms of nicotine addiction and decisions regarding nicotine use.
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This research assistant will administer a range of psychological assessments, including diagnostic interviews, computer-based tasks, cognitive tasks, personality measures, and measures of substance use. The person will work on the recruitment of research participants, data management, and overseeing undergraduates in the laboratory.
Bachelor's degree in science or a health-related discipline.
Proficient communication skills. Maintains a high degree of professionalism. Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills. Demonstrates a high commitment to quality. Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment. Highly thorough and dependable.
Bachelor's degree in Psychology.
Basic computer skills and some experience working with people either in research or more applied settings. Familiarity with IU policies and procedures. No licenses or certificates are necessary. Strong interpersonal skills.
Working Conditions / Demands
The role regularly requires the ability to effectively communicate. Frequently requires the ability to move about the work environment and to position oneself to operate laboratory equipment effectively. The role requires the ability to move objects weighing up to 25 pounds and will occasionally work near moving mechanical parts. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.
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