Where memory and emotion meet


Outreach Events


High School Internship

Each summer, the CANLab welcomes one talented high school student to join our laboratoryas a volunteer intern. The student has the opportunity to participate in all aspects of our research. Please contact us if you are an interested student or a parent or teacher who recommends a student for this research opportunity. Students must be at least 16 years of age and must be able to get themselves to and from the Boston College campus (We are accessible via T). Please contact us by February of the year in which you are interested in a summer internship.


Events for Adults and Teens

The CANLab offers presentations on psychology and neuroscience, tailored to any age group. Presentations typically range from 30-60 minutes and can follow a lecture, seminar, or Q&A format. We can discuss topics such as: the aging brain, the life of a scientist, how memory works, the representation of memory in literature and film, neuroanatomy, neuroimaging, and psychology research methods. We welcome the opportunity to present in venues such as senior centers, lifetime learning classes, and afterschool programs.


Brain Awareness Week Activities

Brain Awareness Week is an international campaign dedicated to advancing public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research. The CANLab is proud to work with other laboratories at Boston College to participate in this initiative.

During the spring, we organize outreach activities at locations ranging from preschools to libraries to senior centers. If you have a group of people interested in learning more about the brain, let us know and we will work with you to arrange an outreach event.  


Events for Children

We offer hands-on activities to help younger children learn about the brain and about specific cognitive abilities. Examples include building model brains out of playdough, using an egg-drop to demonstrate the importance of head protection, or playing "pin the spinal cord on the brain."

We also invite tours of our laboratory for students who are interested in learning more about how scientific studies are conducted.