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FAQ

What is EEG?

EEG stands for Electroencephalogram, which is a tool that measures the electrical activity of the brain while performing a cognitive task. This allows us to determine when processes occur in the brain that are involved in the various types of cognitive functions. EEG allows us to view and record the changes in your brain activity during the time you are performing a task.


How does an EEG cap work?


The EEG cap is a net of electrodes that is put on your head. This net measures the electrical wavelengths that your brain produces.

How does an EEG cap feel?


You will feel little to no discomfort with an EEG cap on. It will leave small circle impressions on your face for roughly an hour, however the EEG net is not painful. Your hair will get slightly wet.

What kind of research do you do in the CCNN Lab at BYU?


Visit our Current Research Studies page to see what we are currently working on.

What are the benefits of participating in research?


Through participation, you will be aiding the research process. Depending on the study, you could receive payment for volunteering or credit for a class. This varies study to study, so please view the current research studies for more details.

How do I get course credit for participating?


Inform the researcher that you are participating for credit and the researcher will grant you credit soon after your participation is complete. Course credit will be granted to you through the SONA systems website​. You will be assigned one credit for every ten minutes of participation (e.g., if you participate for one hour you will receive six credits). Your instructor will have access to the credits you have earned through their own instructor SONA account. Some instructors have different requirements for receiving credit so you should check your syllabus before participating to make sure there isn’t anything more that you need to do.

How do I know if I qualify?


Each study lists its eligibility criteria please view our current research studies page. If you have questions that are not answered in the general info, please contact the person in charge of the study for more information. Some common factors that may disqualify participants for certain studies include: color blindness, metal plates in your skull, etc.

How do I sign up?


Please contact us at 801-422-6035 to specify which study you are interested in participating, and leave your name, phone number and email address. A list of our current studies is found here. You can browse many other different studies from other labs at BYU by signing into SONA.

What is SONA?


SONA is a website where individuals can sign up to be research participants in different BYU psychological studies. You do not have to be a BYU student to participate, however if you are a student many professors will offer course credit for your participation. Follow this link and this page will explain more.

Where will the research be conducted?


We conduct research at the University Parkway Center, or UPC, in Suite 136 on BYU campus (35 E University Parkway, Provo).

I signed up for a study and I need to reschedule/cancel. What do I do?


There are several options for cancelling or rescheduling depending on the study and how you have been contacted or how you signed up to participate. If you signed up through SONA and it is more than 24 hours prior to your appointment you can cancel your appointment by logging onto SONA. However, if your appointment is in less than 24 hours, you will be unable to cancel your timeslot on SONA. If your appointment was scheduled by a study leader you will need to email or call that study leader directly. Contact info for each study leader can be found here. If you are unable to reach the study leader, you can call 801-422-6035 and leave a message.

I’m interested in becoming a research assistant. How can I sign up?


Under the tab “Join Us” there is an application form for those interested in joining the lab. In general, volunteering in the lab is competitive and we typically have a waiting list of applicants. There is also the general Neuroscience website with more information.

How can I make my application as a research assistant competitive?


High GPA, reliability, and longevity (committing to a year or more) are all characteristics we are looking for. An interest and/or experience in research (e.g. data entry and analysis, literature reviews, and an interest in neuroscience/neuropsychology etc.) is especially important.

What would be expected of me as a research assistant?


As a research assistant, you will be expected to set aside a few hours (around 4-8) per week to do laboratory work. In general, you are expected to be self-motivated, conscientious, and reliable. You will also be working in a team setting and should demonstrate good interpersonal skills. You will learn to administer neuropsychological tests, run EEG studies, recruit participants and enter data. You will also be expected to attend a one hour lab meeting every other week. For each meeting there is a short reading on the principles of EEG/ERP techniques. Research assistants are expected to study this reading and come prepared to discuss it.

What benefits are there of working in the lab?


Volunteering is indispensable for students hoping to pursue graduate training in psychology and many other related fields. Sustained, productive research experience is one of the most important factors considered by admissions committees at most psychology Ph.D. programs. Depending on your contribution and motivation you can earn strong letters of recommendation for graduate school, internships, or employment. Opportunities will also be available for you to help submit research for presentation at psychology conferences and, if warranted by your contributions, to participate as a co-author on manuscripts submitted for publication in scholarly journals.


The potential benefits of your participation also include: increased preparation for research requirements in graduate school, networking opportunities with students and faculty with similar professional interests, the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and expertise in selected areas of research, and the development of relationships with students and faculty who care about your progress.

How do I apply as a graduate student?


Graduate students who participate in the CCNN lab are members of the BYU Clinical Psychology Program. For information about how to apply the BYU clinical psychology program. Please review the information provided by the Psychology department on their website.

If you are applying to the clinical psychology program and wish to work with Dr. Larson, please review the site and become familiar with the current research studies and identify areas of interest where you feel you can make a good contribution. Please contact Dr. Larson directly.

I want to be a graduate student in the Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology lab. What qualifications do I need to have?


Our lab focuses on neurophysiological and neuropsychological measures related to error processing, emotion, attention, traumatic brain injury, cognitive functioning, obsessive compulsive disorder and other psychopathology. We use multiple forms of measurement including ERPs, neuropsychological tests, and physiological indices in our studies. Please review our publications to see a representative sample of our recent work.


When looking for qualified graduate students we look for people who have experience psychophysiology, neuroscience, neuropsychology, or other related experience. Experience working with ERPs is also highly beneficial, although not necessary. We appreciate those that have computer programming and psychological test administration experience. We use software such as E-prime, MATLAB, and various statistical packages.

Where do students in the Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology lab go after they finish their studies at BYU?

Students who have worked with Dr. Larson have attended many top programs. Undergraduate students have moved on to graduate positions in clinical psychology, medicine, neuropsychology, pharmacology, and dental school. One student was offered a job at a well known survey company (Qualtrics).