Within the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at University of California Santa Barbara, Dr. Zoe Liberman is accepting applications for students interested in working in the Social Cognitive Development Lab.


The lab’s research broadly focuses on social cognition in infancy and childhood. For example, we are interested in questions about how infants and children reason about social structure and social categories, and how children’s own experiences (including their language background) impact these inferences. Prior experience as an undergraduate RA or as a lab manager is preferred.


Dr. Liberman can accept students through the Social Psychology Program, or the Development & Evolution Program. Students should choose the program that better fits their interests, and are welcome to reach out for more information on either program. Ph.D. students receive a comprehensive education including coursework focusing on theoretical and empirical issues, hands-on research experience, and opportunities to teach. Additionally, students can engage in a great intellectual community by participating in the Center for Evolutionary Psychology and attending invited talks by distinguished scientists each quarter as part of the Sage Center for the study of mind. Aside from the academic perks, the lab is a short walk away from the Pacific Ocean and the city of Santa Barbara features beautiful beaches, hiking, and excellent food, wine tasting, and many exciting cultural events.


The Ph.DProgram in Psychological & Brain Sciences at UCSB:

·      Offers opportunities for cross-disciplinary research,
·      Focuses on theory and research training for pursuing academic and research careers, and
·      Provides funding through research and/or teaching assistantships


Interested applicants should apply through the Department of Psychological and Brain Science and can email Professor Liberman directly at zoe.liberman@psych.ucsb.edu for more information about the program or to talk about specific research ideas and interests. The deadline for receiving applications is December 1st.