How to become a volunteer at DRCMR
Volunteering are mainly for those, who have some theoretical knowledge of neuroscience and wishes to get some hands-on experience. By doing volunteer-work at DRCMR you will get a sense of the possibilities and limitations of the neuroscience being conducted here, while learning new and intriguing details every day for example by helping out with an experiment or volunteering in pilot studies.
Volunteering at DRCMR can also lead to your involvement as part of a greater scientific project for example for your master's thesis or indeed – if you find a supervisor sharing your enthusiasm – conducting a study yourself.
And as long as you have got the interest, engagement and want to put in the effort, then people are welcoming extra hands, even if you do not – like me - have a traditional neuro-background.
Morten Thomsen, 36, has a background in journalism. During the summer of 2015 Morten was a volunteer at the DRCMR.
I walked my own first footsteps at DRCMR, when I volunteered to a linguistic EEG-experiment in summer 2015. I was doing a master's programme in journalism and had taken courses in neuropsychology to be able to investigate how readers perceive journalism. This was, however, only on the theoretical level. I needed to get some hands-on experience and therefore asked whether someone needed helping hands at DRCMR. My non-traditional background meant I could provide other competences (e.g. within communication) which allowed me to help with webpages, while at the same time learning how to conduct studies in the brain. First I participated as a subject myself or observed experiments being conducted and later helping out with experiments myself.
And step by step the culture about conducting such studies and the language involved crawled under my skin. Whether it was in one of the many courses, DRCMR provides for upcoming researchers, or simply over a cup of coffee with a PhD-student, talking about the many practical issues about conducting studies that you would never find in a textbook.
Now I am doing my master thesis myself at DRCMR and thus being the one asking for volunteers for my own experiment.