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For Students

Are you a student interested in research? Do you want to join our team? Learn more!


Do you have questions? We have answers! Learn more by clicking the link below!


  1. Request a SONA account using the button above
    1. NOTE: You do not need to fill out the student ID
    2. One account per dog
  2. Check your email to receive your login info
    1. You will receive an autogenerated password
  3. Upon your first login
    1. You’ll complete a form telling us about you and your dog. 
    2. You’ll change your password
  4. Sign up
    1. Initial Visits — initial visits allow your dog to get to know us and get comfortable in the lab before they participate in any studies
    2. Future Studies — we’ll contact you for studies your dog is a good fit for!
    3. We ask that participants be 18-or-older or be accompanied by an adult 


For Students

BC Library

At the Boston College Canine Cognition Center, we proudly mentor a team of dedicated, brilliant undergraduates. Every semester we recruit new research assistants who are ready to contribute to the field of academic inquiry.

We take students of all experience levels and ages, with an interest in supporting academics from all walks of life. Our lab deeply values mentorship and education; as a research assistant of the BCCC, you’ll have all the information and guidance that you’ll need.

Do you want to be a part of this elite crew of researchers? Click below to find out more.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why study dog cognition?

Humans and dogs share an environment. Don’t believe us? Well — don’t your neighbors have dogs? Additionally, dogs and humans engage in behavior that’s relatively rare, and that’s sociality. The fact that humans and dogs can co-exist with many other individuals is a special trait that may have evolutionary implications. All of this to say — dogs and humans have a lot in common. We’re interested in understanding the relationship between these commonalities to better understand what dogs can tell us about the evolution of humans.

2. What does your research look like?

Our research involves lots of treats and cognitive games! The games we do are relatively simple, but en-mass give us insight into the ways dogs make decisions.

3. Do I have to pay?


4. I signed -up on SONA. Now what?

Once you complete your pre-screening, you are now eligible to sign up for an in-person appointment.

If you are located in the greater Boston area, the first appointment you sign up for should be the initial visit. After the initial visit, you will receive invitations to participate in future studies for which you’re eligible.

Virtual Studies have a two-step sign-up process, the first being the completion on online consent forms. The consent forms are set up as a study and can be found on the “studies” page in SONA. They are labeled Part 1:”study name.” Then go to Part 2 to sign up for your virtual study slot.

All virtual studies are hosted in the EDT.

5. I have an in-person appointment. What do I do?

Follow the arrival protocol on the “visit” page! Please do not enter the building before calling us and completing pre-screening questions. 

6. I have a virtual appointment. What do I do?

Log onto your zoom link at the appointed time. This link will be sent in an automated email.

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