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Students are invited to participate as volunteers in experiments conducted by researchers in the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science. Some studies will offer a small dollar amount. You may also earn extra credit in a class if your instructor allows it. Please ask your professor* in advance if they offer extra credit in return for experiment participation.(*Currently, profs. Andreasen and Straitman do not offer experiment participation as extra credit.)

Extra Credit

Your professor will decide how much your research participation is worth towards extra credit. The researcher will email your instructor at the end of their study indicating how much time you spent in the study and what you did. Your instructor may also ask you to submit a written report related to the research participants.

Students who are taking multiple LING/CGSC courses: For each experiment in which you participate, you can only get extra credit in ONE course for each experiment participation. You will be asked to indicate which class you want your extra credit for. Please make your decision before you sign up for the experiment.

Note that you can also participate in an experiment simply because you are interested in seeing how linguistic research is conducted and would like to volunteer your time.

Eligibility

Please be aware of the eligibility criteria that are indicated for each experiment and do not sign up unless you qualify. You may participate in more than one experiment, but you may only participate once in each experiment. You have to be at least 18 years old to participate.

Signing up for participation

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.

Cancellations

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.

Research Projects Welcoming Participation

Title: Language processing study
EligibilityLocationDuration CreditResearcherEmail
Native speakers of Spanish or Mandarin Chinese who are highly fluent in English, OR Male native English speakers; no speech or hearing problems; right-handedfNIRS lab, in Linguistics Department,125 E. Main Street1.5 hours3Danyang Wang, Sarah Wang  jasinskalab@gmail.com
Description: You will participate in language tasks such as listening to sentences.
Title: NS Phonological Learnability
EligibilityLocationDurationCreditResearcherEmail
Native, Monolingual English speakersSTAR campus 105C2 hours4Enes Avcuenesavc@udel.edu
Description: You will listen to words from an unfamiliar language and will respond to questions about what you hear. This is an ERP experiment, which means you will wear a specialized cap to measure brain activity during the experiment.
Title: Title:  A Behavioral Study of Visual & Auditory Processing - Short
EligibilityLocationDurationCreditResearcherEmail
Native English speakers, right-handed, normal hearing and normal (corrected) visionCenter for Biological and Brain Imaging30 minutes1Violet Kozloffq-lab@udel.edu
Description: You will see images, listen to sounds, and answer questions about them.
Title: Title:   A Behavioral Study of Visual & Auditory Processing - Long 
EligibilityLocationDurationCreditResearcherEmail
Native English speakers, right-handed, normal hearing and normal (corrected) visionCenter for Biological and Brain Imaging1 hour2Violet Kozloffq-lab@udel.edu
Description: You will see images, listen to sounds, and answer questions about them.
Title: Title:  Ad Hoc Phonetic Representations
EligibilityLocationDurationCreditResearcherEmail
Native speakers of English; no speech or hearing problems; 18-30 years oldSTAR 105C2 hours4Ryan Rhodes, Chao Hanrobot@udel.edu
Description: You will watch a cartoon (Finding Nemo) and passively listen to speech sounds.
Title: Title:  Speech sound discrimination task though perception
EligibilityLocationDurationCreditResearcherEmail

Should be a native speaker of English, 18 years old or above, and not have any hearing disability.

Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science Experimental lab-Room 111.1 hour2Sreeparna Sarkar sree@udel.edu
Description: You will listen to pairs of sounds through headphones. Your job is to decide whether the sounds in the pairs are exactly the same or different. You have to respond by pressing buttons in a response box.

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  • 125 E. Main Street
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-6806
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