[visionlist] Dec 1 deadline: PhD student opening in the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience lab (Bayet lab) at American University, Washington DC

Laurie Bayet lauriebayet at gmail.com
Mon Oct 31 13:27:17 -04 2022

Dr. Bayet (bayet at american.edu), assistant professor of Neuroscience at
American University, is anticipating *accepting a PhD student for Fall
2023* through
the Behavioral, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCaN) program.

The *application deadline is Dec 1st*, and prospective students may apply
now at: https://www.american.edu/cas/neuroscience/phd/requirements.cfm (GRE
optional). Applicants should mention the name(s) of the faculty they are
interested in working with within their statement of purpose. The program
provides 4 years of funding.

Dr. Bayet directs the *Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience lab at American
University*, which focuses on *infant cognitive development and high-level
vision* research. Current projects in the lab combine
electro-encephalography (EEG), eye-tracking, behavioral methods, and/or
computational (e.g., machine learning) tools to uncover how infants and
young children represent and understand complex visual objects, with
particular focus on those visual objects that are relevant to affective,
social communication (e.g., facial movements). Dr. Bayet's work has been
recognized with a Rising Star award from the Association for Psychological
Science (APS), and a Distinguished Early Career Contribution Award from the
International Congress of Infant Studies. Learn more at:
https://www.american.edu/cas/faculty/bayet.cfm and https://www.bayetlab.com/

The PhD student will have the opportunity to *contribute to ongoing*
research* in collaboration with Drs. Alexis Black (UBC), Lauren Emberson
(UBC), and Richard N. Aslin (Haskins/Yale). The project, entitled “*Grounding
computational models of vision with infant brain data*”, uses EEG and
multivariate “decoding” to characterize infants' neural representations of
visual objects, compare them to those of artificial neural networks, and
assess relationships between language and visual representations (NSF award
# 2122961 <https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2122961>).

The Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory is part of the
Neuroscience Department (https://www.american.edu/cas/neuroscience/ ) and
the Center for Neuroscience and Behavior (
https://www.american.edu/cas/center-neuroscience/ ) at American University.
American University provides a stimulating intellectual environment, just 2
miles from downtown Washington DC. DC offers a vibrant research community,
and American University enjoys proximity to other notable research
institutions such as the National Institutes of Health. With extensive
public transit, an exciting cultural and restaurant scene, many museums and
public parks, and proximity to other green spaces in the surrounding region
(e.g., Appalachian trail, Shenandoah National Park), Washington DC
consistently ranks amongst the top US metropolitan areas for quality of

Prior experience with developmental/neuroimaging research or
programming/machine learning (we use Python, Matlab, and/or R) are
preferred but not required, as training will be provided. Interested
applicants may contact Dr. Bayet at bayet at american.edu for any inquiry.

Selected recent lab publications:

Ashton, K., Zinszer, B. D., Cichy, R. M., Nelson III, C. A., Aslin, R. N.,
& Bayet, L. (2022). Time-resolved multivariate pattern analysis of infant
EEG data: A practical tutorial. *Developmental cognitive neuroscience*, *54*,
101094. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2022.101094

Bayet, L. (2022). How infants learn from a world of faces: Implications for
racial biases and mask-wearing. *Policy Insights from the Behavioral and
Brain Sciences*, 9(1), 65-72. https://doi.org/10.1177/23727322211068007

Bayet, L., Perdue, K. L., Behrendt, H. F., Richards, J. E., Westerlund, A.,
Cataldo, J. K., & Nelson III, C. A. (2021). Neural responses to happy,
fearful and angry faces of varying identities in 5-and 7-month-old
infants. *Developmental
cognitive neuroscience*, 47, 100882.

Bayet, L., Zinszer, B. D., Reilly, E., Cataldo, J. K., Pruitt, Z., Cichy,
R. M., ... & Aslin, R. N. (2020). Temporal dynamics of visual
representations in the infant brain. *Developmental cognitive neuroscience*
, *45*, 100860. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2020.100860


Laurie Bayet, PhD (hear name <https://namedrop.io/lauriebayet>)

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience,

American University

(202) 885-1719
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