Participants

All experiments are done at the Phonological Processing Lab, and for all participants we need to confirm that you have normal hearing and normal or corrected-to-normal and vision. Refer to specific experiments below to see whether we are recruiting only native speakers of English or ESL speakers too. If you think you or your child qualify for one of the following experiments and are interested in participating, please contact us at phono@sfu.ca.

S-Cluster Corpus

  • Who: Children 3-4 years of age who are native speakers of English (additional languages are okay)
  • What: A study in which your child would be asked to name pictures seen on a computer screen. They will receive a small toy as a thank-you for participating.
  • When: About half an hour, scheduled at your convenience
  • Why: We’re interested in how children represent words in their minds and this is one way to answer that question.

Phonological Representations

  • Who: Adults 19-35 years of age who are speakers of English
  • What: An eye-tracking study in which you will match words over headphones to pictures on a computer screen while we record where you look on the screen. You will receive research participation credit for an approved linguistics course.
  • When: A one hour session, scheduled at your convenience
  • Why: We’re interested in how people recognize words and eye-tracking allows us to measure that in real-time.

Child Eye-Tracking

  • Who: Children 5-10 years of age who are native speakers of English (additional languages are okay)
  • What: An eye-tracking study in which your child will listen to words over headphones and click on pictures on a computer screen while we record where they look on the screen. They will receive a small toy as a thank-you for participating.
  • When: A one hour session, scheduled at your convenience
  • Why: We're interested in how children recognize words depending on how similar or different they are to other words and eye-tracking allow us to measure that in real-time.

Learning to Listen Flexibly

  • Who: Children ages 4-8 who are learning English as their only language; OR whose first language is Mandarin, Korean, Arabic or Hindi/Urdu/Punjabi and who have just started learning English in the last year or so 
  • What: A study in which children name familiar objects from pictures on a computer screen, and then judge how well alien characters produce those and other words in English
  • Where: The study can be run at SFU Burnaby, or at another location more convenient for your family
  • When: One or two sessions, no more than half an hour each, scheduled at your convenience
  • Why: To establish when and how children become flexible in their comprehension of words with different clusters of consonants, depending on their experience with English vs. other languages