Infants learning their native language

New Fruits Project

1 hour

Parents with babies 6 months 0 days -18 months 30 days

Please bring another adult with you (partner, family member, or friend)  

Dominant English Speakers

Why are we doing this study?

To investigate the role and differences in baby talk around the world.

How is this study done?

If you agree to participate, this study will take about 1 hour.

  • You will bring your baby and another adult (partner, friend, or family member)
  • You will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire asking for demographic information.
  • You will be asked to play with your baby while using novel words. You will then be asked to explain these words to your friend or family member. The audio from the session will be recorded  

What do typical visits look like?

Come to SFU campus (free parking - directions here) and meet a volunteer who will take you to our research space. Talk with the researchers about the task you and your child will be doing. After completing the study, the researcher will discuss the study with you. They will go over the questions that we are trying to answer and explain how we are trying to answer it. This study is an excellent opportunity to learn about the science of infant and child development. You will also receive a small token of appreciation at the end of the visit.

 

Adults learning a new language

MusicLang Project

1 hour =
$10 or 2 RPS credits

Native Mandarin speakers

18-30 years of age

Normal hearing

L2 learner of English

Native English speakers

18-30 years of age

Normal hearing

L2 learner of Mandarin

Why are we doing this study?

We want to study how learning a second language (or “L2”) can affect music perception. In particular we are interested in English learners of Mandarin as an L2, and Mandarin learners of English as an L2.

How is this study done?

If you agree to participate, this study will take about 50 minutes divided into two tasks (the first is about 20 minutes, and the second about 30 minutes).

  • You will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire asking for demographic information.
  • You will be given several tasks to complete. For some tasks you will listen to recordings on headphones, and be provided with answer sheets to record your responses on. For other tasks you will be asked to read some passages out loud while audio is being recorded.

Email us at langdev@sfu.ca to participate

ITL Project

30 minutes =
$5 or 1 RPS credits

Native Mandarin speakers

18-30 years of age

Normal hearing

L2 learner of English

Native English speakers

18-30 years of age

Normal hearing

L2 learner of Mandarin

How is this study done?

If you agree to participate, this study will take about 30 minutes.

  • You will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire asking for demographic information.
  • You listen to recordings on headphones; for each recording, you will choose between two options that could describe the patterns of the sounds you heard.

Why are we doing this study?

There are certain patterns in how people group noises together, based on how loud they are, or how high-pitched they are. We want to see whether these patterns are the same for speakers of different languages, and whether learning additional languages has an influence.

Email us at langdev@sfu.ca to participate