Comparative Perception and Attention Laboratory

Information for prospective students


​Our lab needs you! We are looking for students who are interested in for-credit research opportunity. Tech-savvy students with knowledge of graphic applications (e.g., Photoshop, Canvas) and programming languages are especially welcome, as well as the students interested in research in behavioral neuroscience.

In particular, we are looking for someone who:

  • has interest in experimental psychology

  • is comfortable handling animals

  • is prepared to learn about computers, statistics, and math modeling

  • is interested in hands-on learning

  • is responsible, self-motivated, and curious

  • is ready to help fellow lab mates and learn from them in return


If any of this sounds like you, then please get in touch! The best way to contact Dr. Olga Lazareva is by email (olga.lazareva@drake.edu).

Our resources


The laboratory is equipped to with 12 custom-built operant chambers for pigeons. We also have a separate experimental room to run experiments with human participants.

We have a dedicated space used by students for program testing, stimulus creation, and data analysis. Experimental programs are written using MATLAB and Psychtoolbox. We use all kinds of stimuli, from simple colors to movies depending on experimental question. We create static stimuli either in Canvas or in Photoshop, and we use Carrara and LightWave 3D to create movies. Statistical analysis is usually done in JMP, although some analyses (e.g., multidimensional scaling) may require specialized applications. 


We also have an access to a shared wet lab for performing surgeries, slicing and staining brain tissue, and other tasks.