[CogSci] Harvard Music Lab Summer Internship 2021

Samuel Mehr sam at wjh.harvard.edu
Sat Jan 23 13:20:03 PST 2021

Dear CogSci, please forward the below info to any undergraduates interested
in a summer internship on music, audition, and citizen science.

thank you,

Samuel Mehr
Department of Psychology
Harvard University
*Be a citizen scientist at themusiclab.org <https://themusiclab.org/>!*

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Harvard Music Lab Summer Internship 2021

At the Music Lab, we study the basic science of music in an effort to
understand how and why humans produce and perceive music at all ages and
across all cultures. We are recruiting research assistants in psychology to
spend their summer with us! We will also consider students from related
fields (e.g., music, linguistics, computer science, evolutionary biology,

Summer interns will be working on studies investigating universals and
cross-cultural variation in music perception and music production, people's
use of music in daily life, and long-term effects of the use of music in
the home on parent and infant health. Prospective interns are encouraged to
read our papers at themusiclab.org before applying.

As an intern, you will have the opportunity to work on both ongoing and new
studies from design to manuscript stage. Here's a non-exhaustive list of
example projects we'll be working on this summer:
1. (If circumstances permit:) In-lab studies exploring the degree to which
music can function as a tool for parents to use when their infants are
2. Crowd-sourced online studies about music categorization and perception
using both traditional study pools of online workers and "citizen science"
3. Mobile app-based data collection from parents of infants and young
children concerning infant/child temperament, parenting behaviors, and
their relations to one another.
4. Studies examining the possibility of links between synchronous activity
(music or otherwise) and cooperation, prosociality, and interpersonal
5. Expanding our diverse collection of audio recordings for the Natural
History of Song Project and conducting phylogenetic analyses of the corpus.
6. Interns are encouraged to propose their own independent projects
building on current research at The Music Lab, especially if these projects
are amenable to online data collection.

The internship is 10 weeks long, from 7 June to 13 August 2021 and is open
to both undergraduate and graduate students. Interns will work 20-30 hours
per week. Depending on the circumstances, the internship may be fully
remote, where interns may work from any time zone. Some evening and weekend
work may be required. All applicants are encouraged to apply for funding
from their home university; we will support such applications. We will also
supplement external funding with a stipend, so as to reach an hourly wage
of $15/hr. Depending on performance and contribution levels, co-authorship
on papers is also a possibility.

Fill out this form (https://tinyurl.com/musiclabsummer) to apply. We will
review applications beginning on 1 March 2021. If you have any questions,
please contact us at musiclab+summer at g.harvard.edu.
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