Undergraduate research

The lab periodically has openings for undergraduate volunteer research assistants. We also can sometimes offer paid or for-credit research opportunities. Interested students should email the following application materials to jtmcg@bu.edu by Dec. 1 for the following Spring semester or Apr. 1 for the following Summer or Fall:

  • Your unofficial academic transcript
  • Your CV or résumé
  • A 1–2 paragraph statement of interest, addressing (1) what aspects of the lab’s work interest you, and (2) any previous experience you might have with research or with computer programming (prior exposure to R, Python, or Matlab is especially beneficial).

If you are a BU student with a work study financial aid award, please mention this, as we are sometimes able to hire into work study positions.


Poster at OHBM 2020

June 26th, 2020 in Announcements.

The lab presented new findings on vmPFC organization at the virtual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping.

Individual-specific functional architecture and activation patterns in medial prefrontal cortex.
Claudio Toro-Serey, Yixin Chen, Lauren Sussman, Joseph T. McGuire

Leah Bakst’s talk at VSS 2020

June 26th, 2020 in Announcements.

Leah Bakst presented new findings on brain representations of uncertainty in a talk at the virtual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society:

Dynamic spotlight model recovers the position but not the width of covert spatial attention.
Leah Bakst, Ilona Bloem, Joseph T. McGuire, and Sam Ling

View the talk here!

New paper in Memory & Cognition by Stuart Babcock and colleagues

December 20th, 2019 in Announcements.

Time-conjunctive representations of future events.

New paper in NeuroImage by Claudio Toro-Serey and colleagues

November 10th, 2019 in Announcements.

Spectral partitioning identifies individual heterogeneity in the functional network topography of ventral and anterior medial prefrontal cortex.

New preprint: Eye movements reflect adaptive predictions and predictive precision

July 19th, 2019 in Announcements.

Bakst, L. & McGuire, J.T. (2019). Eye movements reflect adaptive predictions and predictive precision. PsyArXiv preprint. doi:10.31234/osf.io/gh7a5

New preprint: Individual heterogeneity in the topography of medial PFC

May 28th, 2019 in Uncategorized.

Toro-Serey, C., Tobyne, S.M., & McGuire, J.T. (2019). Individual heterogeneity in the functional network topography of medial prefrontal cortex. BioRxiv preprint. https://doi.org/10.1101/651117

New preprint: Time-conjunctive representations of future events.

May 28th, 2019 in Announcements.

Babcock S., Howard M.W., & McGuire J.T. (2019). Time-conjunctive representations of future events. PsyArXiv preprint. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/kha98

Leah Bakst awarded an NSF fellowship

October 22nd, 2018 in Announcements.

Congrats to lab postdoc Leah Bakst for being awarded an SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, for a project entitled "Eye Movements and the Dynamics of Adaptive Learning."

Neuroeconomics 2018

October 12th, 2018 in Announcements.

The lab trekked to Philadelphia for Neuroeconomics 2018. Congrats to Claudio and Stuart on their posters, and to Claudio for receiving a conference travel award. (Group photo credit: Arthur Lee.)

Farewell, James!

September 1st, 2018 in Announcements, Lab alumni.

Congratulations to research technician James Lynch, who has departed the lab to begin a Ph.D. program at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Best wishes!