Research is an exploration to establish new knowledge and facts. Participating in research will allow you to learn more about research techniques used in the process. Some of the possible jobs you may be responsible for are searching literatures, collecting surveys, conducting experiments, entering data, analyzing data, and much more!
Note that Research may fulfill your methods and/or experiential based lab requirement for Psychology or BCN. However, you must check with a Department of Psychology Academic Advisor about the specific requirements.