Join Our Team in Investigating the perception of emotions in great apes and humans!
Are you fascinated by the way great apes and humans communicate and manage their emotional states during social interactions? Do you have a keen interest in understanding the automatic processes underlying these emotional expressions and perceptions? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!
We are seeking a Research Assistant to contribute to our ongoing studies in the field of emotion perception across great apes and humans. In this role, you will play a vital part in unraveling the mysteries of how these emotional processes work, often outside of conscious awareness.
Through a series of innovative experimental studies, you will be an integral member of our team, helping to shed light on these intriguing topics. Our research is at the cutting edge of the field, employing state-of-the-art, yet fully non-invasive techniques including eyetracking and touchscreen within a multidisciplinary framework. This project takes an evolutionarily-grounded approach to delve into the origins of emotion, offering a unique opportunity to contribute to our understanding of this fascinating aspect of human and great ape behavior. Join us in exploring the depths of emotion regulation across species and make a meaningful impact on the scientific community's knowledge in this area. Tasks
The research assistant will help to set up and program computerized experiments, and collect data in chimpanzees and orangutans in different zoos in the Netherlands. Further, light administrative duties such as assisting in the coordination of the research, making plannings, and writing progress reports to the different parties involved. It is possible for the research assistant to initiate own projects and write scientific reports or even grant applications to support a PhD trajectory.
This project is supported by funding from an Aspasia grant to Dr. Mariska Kret (Leiden University). The project will run in parallel with ongoing projects in the CoPAN lab, directed by Dr. Mariska Kret (https://www.mariskakret.com
; see also our Copan Leiden Facebook page). The research group participates in the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition (LIBC), an interfaculty center for interdisciplinary research on brain and cognition (https://www.libc-leiden.nl