Contact the Lab


Email me at for more information or to sign up!

EEG is a non-invasive procedure using a cap that looks like a swim cap. We use a small amount of gel on your scalp to help amplify your brain waves to our computers. It doesn't hurt, and we can show you the brain waves when you are done!


To contact the Cognitive Development Lab, please email me (Dr. Vanessa Rainey) directly at or call me at (850) 474-2359. There is no commitment to be in a study. We would love to give you a tour of our lab or just chat about what we are up to! 

The Cognitive Development Lab is located in the Psychology building on UWF's campus (Building 41) in Rooms 105 and 127. If you are coming to the lab to participate in a study, please check in at Room 108. This is a private waiting area for parents that can accommodate younger children. We have toys to keep the younger ones occupied and this may be used as a private nursing room. A stroller ramp is located on the right side of the building, toward the back.

Click here for a campus map and directions to the Psychology building. 


If you are interested in being a research assistant in the Cognitive Development Lab, please fill out this research assistant application. The following are qualifications for this lab:

·      GPA minimum of 3.2 (exceptions to this can be demonstrated through a strong track record of performance in recent semesters   and in your psychology courses)

·      Research Methods I completed and passed with an A (Research Methods II preferred as well)

·      Statistics completed and passed with a B+ or better

·      A strong interest in the current activities in the lab

·      At least 6 hours per week to dedicate to lab activities

·      Ability to work on unstructured activities

·      Initiative and problem-solving skills

If accepted into the lab, you may volunteer or sign up for a Directed Study or series of Directed Studies to obtain college credits. Research assistants will engage in a wide variety of lab activities, including literature reviews, testing of participants, and analyzing data. Those signing up for a Directed Study will earn 3 credit hours per semester, requiring 6 hours per week in the lab. Students are encouraged to present findings at the UWF student symposium and at research conferences.