We are looking to accept one or two graduate students for next year. We are particularly interested in modelling emergent social cognition and behaviour using neural networks, especially category models, deep reinforcement learning, and agent based models. An ideal candidate will use these methods to develop hypotheses that can be tested with behavioural cognitive and/or neuroscience methods. 

We highly recommend you read, or at least skim, these two books to better understand the research methods that we are now using to understand social cognition:

  1. Computational Cognitive Neuroscience (Fourth Edition) 
  2. Deep Reinforcement Learning in Action 

It is important that you indicate that you want to work with Dr. Cunningham in your application forms and research statement to be considered. Furthermore, in your research statement, if possible, discuss the types of research projects that you are interested in working on in the lab. It is not necessary to have these fully articulated, but if you have specific ideas it is helpful to get credit for them in the selection process.

We at the Social Cognitive Sciences lab strongly believe in creating a welcoming and inclusive space for students from all walks of life. We encourage those from diverse and under-represented (broadly defined) backgrounds to apply for positions within the lab because we encourage representation in the field of psychology. We want everyone applying to feel comfortable and think of our lab as a safe environment to freely express themselves. We hold equity, diversity and inclusivity as strong values and are motivated to ensure they are practiced.

For more information about the graduate program in psychology at the University of Toronto, click here.


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Research Assistant in the lab, please send an email containing your résumé, cover letter and unofficial transcript to our Lab Manager at  Please note that due to the high volume of applicants, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


If you are interested in completing an independent project course in the psychology department (PSY405) with Dr. Cunningham, please contact our Lab Manager at with your résumé, unofficial transcript, and research interests.  Please note that applications for a year-long course are due to the psychology department by early September.  For more information, click here.