The Experimental Psycholinguistics laboratory examines the millisecond-by-millisecond incremental representation building that the mind/brain performs in response to language stimuli. Questions include:
- What are the components of the human language processing system?
- What is the relative timing of these components' activity during linguistic representation building?
- What can parsing tell us about grammar?
- How do the language processing mechanisms develop in children?
- How does this development interact with children's induction of grammatical rules?
- Do language impaired children process language differently and is this the source of their acquisition impairment?
The research uses behavioral (reaction time and categorical data) and electrophysiological measures of brain activity (EEG and event-related brain potentials) to address these questions.