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10 Simple Rules for a Supportive Lab Environment

Pike, Alexandra C.; Atherton, Kathryn; Bauer, Yannik; Crittenden, Ben M.; van Ede, Freek; Hall-McMaster, Sam; von Lautz, Alexander H.; Muhle-Karbe, Paul; Murray, Alexandra M.; Myers, Nicholas; Printzlau, Frida; Salaris, Ilenia; Spaak, Eelke; Tankelevitch, Lev; Trübutschek, Darinka; Wasmuht, Dante; Noonan, MaryAnn P.


Alexandra C. Pike

Kathryn Atherton

Yannik Bauer

Ben M. Crittenden

Freek van Ede

Sam Hall-McMaster

Alexander H. von Lautz

Paul Muhle-Karbe

Alexandra M. Murray

Frida Printzlau

Ilenia Salaris

Eelke Spaak

Lev Tankelevitch

Darinka Trübutschek

Dante Wasmuht

MaryAnn P. Noonan


The transition to principal investigator (PI), or lab leader, can be challenging, partially due to the need to fulfil new managerial and leadership responsibilities. One key aspect of this role, which is often not explicitly discussed, is creating a supportive lab environment. Here, we present ten simple rules to guide the new PI in the development of their own positive and thriving lab atmosphere. These rules were written and voted on collaboratively, by the students and mentees of Professor Mark Stokes, who inspired this piece.


Pike, A. C., Atherton, K., Bauer, Y., Crittenden, B. M., van Ede, F., Hall-McMaster, S., …Noonan, M. P. (2023). 10 Simple Rules for a Supportive Lab Environment. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 35(1), 44-48.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 7, 2022
Online Publication Date Dec 1, 2022
Publication Date 2023-01
Deposit Date Dec 7, 2022
Publicly Available Date Mar 2, 2023
Journal Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
Print ISSN 0898-929X
Electronic ISSN 1530-8898
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 35
Issue 1
Pages 44-48
Keywords Cognitive Neuroscience
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