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​Students in Linguistics and Cognitive Science courses may participate in experiments for extra credit.

Extra Credit

Your participation is measured in credits. Each study has a credit value, according to its length. One credit corresponds to about 30 minutes of participation.

For students taking LING 101, the maximum amount of credits that can be earned is 4. This corresponds to 2% on your final grade (1 credit = 0.5%). For all other classes, please refer to your class syllabus or ask your instructor for the maximum number of extra credit units you can receive via experiment participation, and for the value of each credit toward your final grade.

Students who are taking multiple LING/CGSC courses: For each experiment in which you participate, you may apply that credit to only ONE course (you may apply multiple credits to the same course, up to the extra credit limit). If you are enrolled in more than one course offering extra credit, you'll need to sign up for different experiments to receive credit in different courses. You will be asked to sign a form to indicate which class you want your extra credit for. Please make your decision before you sign up for the experiment. Transfer of extra credit units to a different class is not allowed after you sign the form.

Before you sign up to participate in an experiment for extra credit, make sure your instructor allows research participation as extra credit. Talk to your professor first! Note that you can also participate as a volunteer if you don't participate for extra credit purposes, but are simply interested in seeing how linguistic research is conducted and would like to volunteer your time.


Please be aware of the eligibility criteria that are indicated for each experiment and do not sign up unless you qualify. You will not receive any credit for participating in an experiment you do not qualify for. If you do not qualify for any of the experiments, you may complete the alternative assignment for the same amount of credit.

You may participate in more than one experiment, but you may only participate once in each experiment.

All experiments require that you be at least 18 years old to participate.

Making Appointments

Email the researcher to make an appointment. Make note of the time and location of the experiment when you sign up. You are responsible for arriving on time to all experiments. Please consult the Campus Map in advance to see where buildings are so you know how to get there. The research labs often run on tight schedules – if you arrive late you may have to reschedule.

Appointment Cancellation

If you have to cancel your appointment, please contact the researcher of the study at least one day in advance.

Alternative Assignment

All instructors that allow students to receive extra credit in their courses through research participation will also have an alternative extra credit assignment available for those students who do not meet the research criteria or who do not wish to participate in research. In this case, students should consult their instructor for the alternative assignment.

Research Projects Welcoming Participation

Title​: Sensorimotor speech studies
​Native English speakers, no speech or hearing problems, no history of neurological disorders​McKinly 323​1 hour​2-3​Dionysia Saratsli
​Description: You will read words or short phrases out loud​.
Title: Language learning studies
​Native English speakers, no speech or hearing problems​​McKinly ​323​25 or 50 mins​1 credit/$5 or 2 credits/$10
​Hyun Jin Hwangbo​
​Description:​ You will hear a list of words and get tested. You will receive either 1 credit or $5 for participation.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

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