Paid Participation

The HML is continuously recruiting participants for various research studies. We are seeking participants between the ages of 25 and 75 who are in good health. Individuals from all backgrounds and levels of education are invited to inquire about participation.

In addition, we are looking for individuals, age 18 to 75, who have significant memory problems related to medical conditions such as stroke, encephalitis, cardiac arrest, brain injury or brain surgery. To be eligible, individuals would have significant memory problems, but should not be suffering from other cognitive problems such as dementia. Interested individuals should have first seen a doctor and had a medical diagnosis relating to their memory problems.

Unfortunately, we are not able to diagnose or treat mental or medical problems. If you are concerned about your health, please contact your doctor.


Participants are seen at the Human Memory Lab on the UC Davis campus, where we run a variety of research studies. Participants may be asked to take part in several types of studies, ranging from simple computer-based tasks to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies. The length and type of studies available will change with time, and is dependent on the current stage of research in the lab.


Participants are compensated at a rate of $15 per hour for their time in the lab, as well as travel expenses for those traveling from outside of Davis.


To determine eligibility, we have a brief prescreening procedure that can be completed over the phone; simply contact Trevor at


Research Assistants

The HML provides undergraduate students an opportunity to dive deeper into the study of memory, and get hands-on research experience. Spending time as a Research Assistant (RA) is one of the best ways to put learning into action. Such training is highly recommended for those considering graduate school or a career in research.


Generally, Human Memory Lab RAs are involved in the creation and execution of experiments that examine the cognitive and brain processes underlying human memory. Each RA is assigned to work directly with a HML lab member, and receives tasks or responsibilities for a particular research project. RAs are most often involved in running computer-based experiments with undergraduate subjects, but are also called upon at times to help find or create stimuli, as well as manage data. Each RA will have a unique experience in the HML due to the variable nature of research projects.

While earning PSC 199 course credits, RAs gain valuable experience in the development, implementation, and analysis of research projects involving human subjects. RAs are asked to make a two quarter commitment to the lab, for six to nine hours per week (two or three PSC 199 units per term, if interested in course credit). As much as possible, the hours for each RA are arranged around the student’s schedule. Additionally, we prefer that our RAs have completed PSC 41 (Research Methods) and PSC 130 (Human Learning and Memory), though these are not required.

Application Process and Tips:

The HML generally hires new RAs at the end of each quarter, so that research can begin smoothly at the start of the following quarter. The number of RA positions each quarter depends on the retention rate of current RAs, as well as the current stage of many research projects. As such, we will not be able to take all applicants each quarter.

It is always a good idea to familiarize yourself with any company or organization that you are applying to. You can find out more about our lab by visiting the People and Research pages of our website, and if you are interested, can view our recent publications on our Publication page.

Click here to access the Research Assistant Application Form: HML RA Application


If you have any questions or if you would like to further discuss the RA position, please contact Ilse at