Stanford Social Neuroscience Laboratory

Stanford University
Jordan Hall (Bldg 420)
450 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305

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Joining the Lab

If you are interested in becoming a member of our lab and carrying out research, we'd love to hear from you.   

Research Assistants: Volunteer research assistants who seek to assist Dr. Zaki and members of his lab in their research are welcome to contact for application materials. RAs are responsible for providing various forms of research-related support, including recruitment, running, and payment of human subjects, stimulus and paradigm development, and data maintenance and analysis.  

PhD Applicants: If you are looking to complete a PhD in Psychology at Stanford and are interested in working in the Social Neuroscience field, email with your CV to see if our lab would be a good fit for you.  Information on applying for graduate eduction at Stanford can be found here.



Participating in Studies

Stanford hosts an online participant pool through SONA systems.  You can often find our paid studies listed on this pool.  

You can find our lab's main office (Room 128) and behavioral testing room (Room 137) on the first floor of Jordan Hall.  Jordan Hall is located on the Northwest corner of the Main Quad, just South of "The Oval" (campus map).  To find our main office or behavioral testing room, enter Jordan Hall through the main doors on the north side of the building and turn right.  Go straight through the building until you reach the end of the building, the main office should be right in front of you, and the behavioral testing room will be found around the corner to your left.  For neuroimaging studies, we use the fMRI facilities housed in the basement of Jordan Hall (directions to the Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging). 

If you are coming to participate in an experiment, information on where to meet research staff will be included in communications you received from them.  If you have any questions, email your experimenter or with your study name and appointment time, and we will send you directions.

The closest visitor parking is found in "The Oval" at the end of Palm Drive just north of Jordan Hall.  For a full list of parking options and pay rates, see Parking and Transportation Services.  There is a Caltrain station on University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto, and Stanford offers free public transport shuttles on the Marguerite Line.  Marguerite's P line will take you from the Caltrain Station right to the end of the Oval.




Lab Manager 2018 Application


The Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab is looking to hire a full-time lab manager to begin in Summer of 2018.

Our lab’s research focuses on the cognitive and neural bases of social behaviors.  Please see for more information on our lab's culture and focus.  Primary responsibilities for the lab manager will include: a) recruitment and testing of human subjects; b) assisting with the design and implementation of behavioral and fMRI experiments; c) analysis of behavioral and fMRI data, and d) managing day to day lab business

This position is ideal for motivated college graduates thinking of applying to graduate school in psychology or cognitive neuroscience.  Given the advanced research and management skills required for this position, previous experiences conducting independent research, programming in MATLAB, R, and / or Python, and managing teams of people are not required but highly desired.

To apply for the position, please view the application materials below.