Photo of CN Lab members in silly poses
Communication Neuroscience Lab


Are you interested in joining our lab or its research? Read on!

We believe that our science is better with a diverse team. We embrace and encourage our lab members’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our lab members who they are.

Alumni from our lab have gone on to successful careers in research, and academia, government, non-profit, and business arenas. Many of them continue to collaborate with us and with one another.


CN Lab Members getting pizza at Clarkville
CN Lab members getting pizza at Clarkville


Postdoctoral Fellows 

Post-doc Laetitia Mwilambwe-Tshilobo mentoring a grad student
Post-doc Laetitia Mwilambwe-Tshilobo

We are not actively recruiting right now, but if your interests overlap with ours, please feel free to reach out.

To do so, please send an email to Dr. Falk with the subject line “Postdoc Inquiry,” and include the following information:

  • A research statement/ letter of interest
  • CV
  • Contact information for three references


Graduate Students

Current and former CN Lab graduate students Darin Johnson, Chris Benitez, and Jeesung Ahn
Current and former CN Lab grad students Darin Johnson, Chris Benitez, and Jeesung Ahn


Dr. Falk is currently looking for qualified graduate students to join the lab. Interested students can apply to join the lab through Penn's Ph.D. program(s) in CommunicationPsychology, and/or Neuroscience







Undergraduate Researchers

MindCore Summer Fellow Denise Cortés-Cortés (undergrad at the University of Puerto Rico)
MindCore Summer Fellow Denise Cortés-Cortés (undergrad at the University of Puerto Rico)

1) Work-study Research Assistant Positions
We welcome applications from work-study undergraduate students at Penn. In general, we look for a strong desire to learn about conducting research in a wide range of fields (e.g. social sciences, public health, communication).

Typically, undergraduate students are asked to commit 8-12 hours per week in the lab for at least one year. Other arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis (e.g. in the summer, when students have more hours per week to commit).

Interested students can complete this survey to give us a brief overview of your interests and past experiences.

2)  MindCORE Summer Fellowship (REU) Program
MindCORE Summer Fellowship (REU) Program is a paid 10-week program for both Penn and non-Penn undergraduate students. Summer Fellows are matched with select MindCORE faculty in interdisciplinary mind and brain studies based on student research interest and mentor preference. With their mentors, students embark on a research project shaped as much as possible by their interests. Housing is provided for all non-Penn participants. 

Interested students can read more about the progran, its eligibility requirements, and its application instructions on the MindCORE website. In the application, interested students can list Prof. Emily Falk as a desired mentor.


High School Students

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer any opportunities (neither paid nor volunteer) for high school students to work with our lab.