Child Participants

All participants need to have normal hearing and normal or corrected-to-normal hearing and vision. Refer to specific experiments below to learn if we are recruiting only native speakers of English or ESL speakers. Some of the experiments must be done at the Phonological Processing Lab, but others can take place at a location more convenient for you. See below for more details. Times are scheduled according to convenience.

Also check out our FREE Day Camps if you think your child would enjoy a fun day of language based activities!

If you are interested in having your child participate email us at phono@sfu.ca .

Please note, completion of this form does NOT register your child for the upcoming day camp.

This link takes you to the form on a webpage of an SFU lab we collaborate with. Any contact information you provide will be put in a shared database between the Phonological Processing Lab and LangDev Lab. It will only be used to contact you if we have a study or day camp for which your child is elegible in the future.

Learning to Listen Flexibly

  • Who: Children ages 5-8 who are learning English as their only language; OR whose first language is one of the following and who have just started learning English in the last year or so: Mandarin, Cantonese or another Chinese language; Korean; Arabic from any predominantly Arabic-speaking place; Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Tamil, Gujarati or another language of the Indian subcontinent; Persian
  • 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: Phonological Processing Lab 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

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.
  • Where: Phonological Processing Lab at SFU Burnaby
  • 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.

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.
  • Where: Phonlogical Processing Lab at SFU Burnaby
  • 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.