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Cognitive Processes in Bilinguals: ERP Studies

In this study, we examine how people read words and sentences in their first language or in their second language (if they speak or are learning a second language). We use behavioral (e.g., button presses or recording people's eye movements) or neuroscience methods (e.g., recording of brain waves using electrodes) to collect our data. Participants receive monetary compensation for their participation. I hope you contact us to participate!
Paola Dussias at pdussias@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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Adults 18 years or older
Right handed
Normal or corrected-to-normal vision
No history of neurological disorders or language disorders
Participants will be recruited from the following language groups: monolingual English speakers; bilinguals whose native language is English; native speakers of Spanish whose second language is English
Exclusion Criteria:
Children under the age of 18
Left handed or ambidextrous
Uncorrected vision
A history of neurological disorders or language disorders
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PIRE II (Translating cognitive and brain science research to the field and education settings): How Children and Adults Understand Sentences

The focus of the research being conducted asks how bilingual Spanish-English children who are growing up in a Spanish-speaking environment (Granada) but who attend a private school in which they are instructed solely in English, process syntactic ambiguity in Spanish and English. The study is motivated by two questions that the parents of these children have concerning their children’s language development. These are: (1) Whether their children are learning to process English natively; and (2) What effect learning English has on the children’s ability to process Spanish. In this respect, the results have the potential to inform decisions about bilingual education ( translation al implication). In addition to testing bilingual Spanish-English children in Granada, we will also test: bilingual Spanish-English children in the US; bilingual Spanish-English adults in the US; bilingual Spanish-English adults in Spain; monolingual Spanish adults; monolingual English adults; monolingual Spanish children; monolingual English children to serve as our control groups.
Paola Dussias at pdussias@psu.edu
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Monolingual adults whose native language is English OR Spanish-English bilingual adults
Be 18 years or older (adults)
Have normal to corrected vision
Monolingual children whose native language is English OR Spanish-English bilingual children
Be between 4-14 years old (children)
Exclusion Criteria:
Children who are not monolingual native English speakers or who are not Spanish-English bilinguals
Children outside of the target age range
Adults who are under the age of 18
Children who are not typically developing
Monolingual adults whose native language is not English or adults who are not Spanish-English bilingual speakers
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Tongue movement in adults with motor speech disorder

Tongue movement in adults with motor speech disorder
Elizabeth Rodriguez at ezr16@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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be a native speaker of American English
have normal hearing
between 18 and 40 years of age
have no known speech, language, learning or neurological disorders
have very little experience in communicating with people that have motor speech disorders
Exclusion Criteria:
younger than 18 years of age; older than 40 years of age
Not a speaker of American English only
With hearing impairment
have neurologic and/or speech/language disorders
have extensive experience in communicating with people that have motor speech disorders
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Nasality characteristics in adults with motor speech disorder

The goal of this proposed study is to understand nasality characteristics in individuals with dysarthria (motor speech disorder) secondary to ALS. The research question the proposed study seeks to answer is how does the perception of speakers’ hypernasality relate to the severity of their dysarthria and their nasalance scores.
Elizabeth Rodriguez at ezr16@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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are 18-40 years of age
are a speaker of American English only
have normal hearing
have no neurologic and/or speech/language disorders
have very little experience in communicating with people that have motor speech disorders
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younger than 18 years of age; older than 40 years of age
Not a speaker of American English only
With hearing impairment
have neurologic and/or speech/language disorders
have extensive experience in communicating with people that have motor speech disorders
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Aging and Language

The purpose of this study is to investigate how language is organized in neurologically normal adults using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and behavioral measures. Our overarching goal is to characterize the behavioral and MRI responses associated with language production and language comprehension in older and younger adults, and to examine the relations between age, behavior, cognition, and neural factors.
Anna Eppes at aze23@psu.edu or 814-865-2912
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18 year(s) or older
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Age over 18 years old
Native Monolingual English Speaker
Right-handed
Exclusion Criteria:
History of neurological injury or disease
Taking medications that affect the brain of blood flow
Contraindications to MRI (e.g., pacemaker)
Claustrophobia
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Study driving behaviors in connected and autonomous vehicles with a driving simulator

This is a behavioral study that will examine the effect of different messages designs and driver characteristics on driver behavior using a driving simulator. The driving simulator will be used to simulate various traffic events and record driver behavior and performance in the simulated connected vehicles and autonomous vehicle environments. All you need to do is driving on a driving simulator and complete questionnaires.
Yiqi Zhang at yuz450@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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You must possess a valid and unrestricted driver’s license, and display it to the experimenter
You must not be under the influence of alcohol, and have abstained from drinking alcohol for no less than 8 hours prior to participating in this study
Exclusion Criteria:
Participants who doesn't possess a valid driver license will be excluded from the study
Participants who drinks alcohol within the 8 hours before the study will be excluded from the study
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Investigation of spatial and temporal aspects of abstract and concrete word processing in neurologically healthy adults and persons with aphasia using ERP and fMRI.

This study will look at how the brain processes abstract and concrete words. We will collect EEG and fMRI data from both healthy adults and persons with aphasia aged 18-90 during a simple language task.
Chaleece Sandberg at cws18@psu.edu or 814-863-2006
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18 year(s) or older
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completed high school
right handed
native English speaker
aphasia or no aphasia
Exclusion Criteria:
no developmental disorders (e.g., autism)
no degenerative disorders (e.g., Parkinson's)
no psychological disorders (e.g., schizophrenia)
no traumatic brain injury or brain tumor
not safe for MRI (e.g., pacemaker)
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Hershey, PA
State College, PA

Acoustical Model of Mach Cut-off Flight

Researchers in the Graduate Program in Acoustics are looking for participants for a study related to aircraft noise. The experiment will take approximately 1-1.5 hours of your time. The experiment will consist of listening to aircraft flyovers. You will be asked to rate the stimuli on a variety of scales. The signals will be played at a controlled volume. The compensation for your voluntary participation is $15 (in the form of a gift card) and a chance to win a $50 gift card (odds are about 1 in 40).
Nicholas Ortega at njo5068@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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Normal hearing (at or below 25 dB HL)
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Less sensitive hearing (above 25 dB HL)
Participation in the previous study
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Predicting Naming Errors with EEG

The purpose of this study is to better understand what is happening in the brain when people experience naming failures so that we can build a tool that will help us predict these types of errors in speech therapy. We will record EEG while volunteers name pictures. This data will be analyzed to determine unique brain waves that coincide with specific naming difficulties.
Chaleece Sandberg at cws18@psu.edu or 814-863-2006
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18 year(s) or older
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Age 40 or older
No history of neurological, speech and language, or developmental disability
Native English speaker
Normal or corrected to normal vision
Exclusion Criteria:
Do not meet the above criteria
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Altoona, PA
State College, PA

Second language speech perception and production

In this a behavioral study that will examine how second language learners perceive and produce second language speech - often in comparison to native speakers - and how these skills develop. Participants might be asked to read word lists or sentences, describe pictures or answer questions, listen to speech samples and make judgments about them (e.g. was this a real word in English? which sound did you hear?), complete a proficiency test, and fill out some background information including a language background questionnaire.
Katharina Schuhmann at kxs811@psu.edu or (814) 863-7867
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18 year(s) or older
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18-50 years old
No known hearing impairment
No known speaking impairment
Subjects will need to be bilingual (with varying proficiency in the second language
•beginner to advanced) or monolingual
Exclusion Criteria:
Known hearing impairment (past or present)
Known speech impairment (past or present)
Under 18 or over 50
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Identification of Emotion in Music in Autism Spectrum Disorders

The purpose of the project is to learn more about reactions to music by adults with autism spectrum disorders. Participants will listen to short pieces of music and answer some questions on a computer. They will also complete some formal testing and answer some interview questions.
Diane Williams at dlw81@psu.edu or 814-865-3177
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18 year(s) or older
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Speak sentence length English as primary language
Normal or corrected to normal vision
Normal hearing
Have an autism spectrum disorder or Asperger syndrome
Willing to consent and complete study requirements
Exclusion Criteria:
Cannot speak sentence length English
Vision problems (uncorrected)
Hearing problems
Significant learning problems
Unwilling to consent or complete study requirements
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Greater Pittsburgh Area, PA
State College, PA

Cognitive Processes in Bilinguals

In this study, we examine how people read words and sentences in their first language or in their second language (if they speak or are learning a second language). We use behavioral (e.g., button presses or recording people's eye movements) or neuroscience methods (e.g., recording of brain waves using electrodes) to collect our data. Participants receive monetary compensation for their participation. I hope you contact us to participate!
Paola Dussias at pdussias@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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Adults over 18 years of age
Spanish-English bilinguals
Chinese-English bilinguals
Exclusion Criteria:
Participants over the age of 65
Children under the age of 18
Participants who are not speakers of particular language pairs
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Processing Mixed Language/Parsing Sentences in Two Languages/Doctoral Dissertation Research: Using eye-tracking to study auditory comprehension in codeswitching: Evidence for the link between production and comprehension/Doctoral Dissertation Research: Linking comprehension costs to production patterns during the processing of mixed language/Effects of the second language on syntactic processing in the first language/PIRE: Bilingualism, mind, and brain: An interdisciplinary program in cognitive psychology,linguistics, and cognitive neuroscience/The behavioral and neural basis of codeswitching: bilingual speech,executive control, and language processing

The present study examines in more detail the variables that affect the strategies that bilingual speakers engage upon when reading or listening to sentences in their first (L1) and second language (L2). The primary aim of this study is to investigate the extent to which bilinguals' length of exposure to the L2, age of acquisition of the L2 and level of proficiency in the L2 affect the strategies used while reading or listening to sentences in their first language, in their second language, and while they are reading or listening to code-switched sentences. Our main hypothesis is that production and comprehension are closely linked such that exposure to language affects bilinguals' comprehension processes.
Paola Dussias at pdussias@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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College-age students of 18 years of age or older
Monolingual English speaking participants
Bilingual participants who are Spanish-English, Chinese-English, French-English; Russian-English; Italian- English; Greek-English; German-English
Exclusion Criteria:
Individuals under the age of 18
Individuals over the age of 65
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Motor Planning and Language in Children with Language Impairment

This is a quasi-experimental study that will examine both how children plan their motor behaviors, and how planning motor relates to planning in other domains such as language. This study will also explore differences between typically developing populations and populations with language impairment, who tend to have difficulties with motor skills that appear to relate to their language deficits. Children from both populations will be asked to complete several simple motor tasks involving manipulating small wooden dowels and small plastic cups, as well as completing several language tasks involving completing simple nonsense words, short sentences, and telling a short story. Understanding how these children perform these tasks, as well as how their performance relates across tasks, will tell us more about how children plan and coordinate their behaviors, relationships between action and language skills, and the processes that underlie language disorders, which will in turn help improve services for children with language disorders.
Holly Koegler at hmk142@psu.edu
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Between ages of 4 and 8 years
With or without developmental language impairment
Exclusion Criteria:
Hearing loss
Developmental disorders such as autism, intellectual disability, Down Syndrome, etc.
Bilingual or multilingual home environments
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Altoona, PA
Greater Philadelphia Area, PA
Greater Pittsburgh Area, PA
Harrisburg, PA
State College, PA

Using ERPs to study language processing in bilingual and multilingual speakers

In this study, we examine how people read words and sentences in their first language or in their second language (if they speak or are learning a second language). We use behavioral (e.g., button presses or recording people's eye movements) or neuroscience methods (e.g., recording of brain waves using electrodes) to collect our data. Participants receive monetary compensation for their participation. I hope you contact us to participate!
Paola Dussias at pdussias@psu.edu
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18 year(s) or older
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18 years of age or older
Right-handed
Normal or corrected-to-normal vision
No history of neurological disorders or language disorders
Participants will be recruited from the following language groups: monolingual English speakers; bilinguals whose native language is English and who are proficient in Spanish, native speakers of other languages whose second language is English
Exclusion Criteria:
Children under the age of 18
Left handed or ambidextrous
Uncorrected vision
A history of neurological disorders or language disorders
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Reading in the Eye and Brain: Understanding Science Text Comprehension

This project aims at understanding the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying reading comprehension of expository scientific texts by school-aged children, adult first language readers, and adult second language readers. The proposed research integrates knowledge from several research traditions that are related to reading comprehension, but have thus far been separately pursued. The project will fill significant gaps in the literature with knowledge of the neurocognitive predictors of individual and group differences in child versus adult reading in first and second languages. Data analytics with cognitive network models and brain network models will allow us to reveal a reader's knowledge representation of text. Findings from this project will have significant implications for STEM education and hence high relevance to society.
Rose Yuratovac at ery6@psu.edu or 814-867-0779
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Age 12-14
Native English speaker
Minimal foreign language study (2 semesters or less)
Right-handed
Exclusion Criteria:
Dental braces
Hearing disorder or disability
Active medical or neurological disorder
Mental illness
Claustrophobia
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Age-related differences in Sentence Processing: An ERP Investigation

We aim to understand how words are retrieved during language processing, and also how such retrieval might vary between younger and older adults. During sentence comprehension, previously read information needs to be retrieved and integrated with new information for successful comprehension (e.g., in “The taxi driver was not paying attention when he hit the pole.” At ‘he’, you should remember ‘the taxi driver’). Importantly, the retrieval of a word might be slower depending on a number of factors (e.g., interference caused by the presence of other related material (i.e., competitors) or the sentence structure itself or the length of the sentence). Moreover, these differences in sentence processing may also vary across the lifespan. We will use behavioral and EEG methods to better understand these issues.
Hossein Karimi at huk227@psu.edu
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18 years of age or older
Right-Handed
Normal or corrected-to-normal vision
Native Monolingual English Speaker
Exclusion Criteria:
A history of neurological disorders
A history of language disorders
< 12 years education
illiteracy
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Identification of and judgments about unfamiliar languages

In this study, you will listen to speech in a variety of languages from around the world. Your job is to guess which languages you are hearing, determine what emotions are being expressed, and make judgments about the speakers you hear.
Evan Bradley at evan.d.bradley@psu.edu or 610-892-1458
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18 years old
proficient English speaker
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normal hearing ability is required
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Lexical and sentence processing in novice L2 learners: Psycholinguistic and neurocognitive investigations

We are studying how children and adults learn second languages in the classroom. To do this, we ask children and adults to read words or sentences in English and in Spanish while we record brainwaves using noninvasive sensors. The participant wears a cap that looks like a swimmers cap with the sensors attached to it.
Katharine Donnelly Adams at kda11@psu.edu
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Adults enrolled in third semester (intermediate) Spanish
Middle school students enrolled in first year Spanish
Monolingual English speaker
Right-handed
Normal or corrected-to-normal vision
Exclusion Criteria:
Not fluent in any language other than English
History of neurological disorders
Uncorrected vision
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Does Environment Matter? Exploring the role of speech community heterogeneity in the generalization of perceptual learning

The primary object of the study is to understand how experience with different dialects of Spanish affects one's ability to adapt to a previously unheard dialect. Participants will complete a questionnaire, a picture naming task, and will listen to words make word/nonword decisions.
alexander mcallister at afm159@psu.edu or 518-524-3721
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Spanish-English bilinguals who learned Spanish during early childhood and are also proficient in English.
Exclusion Criteria:
Individuals with more than intermediate proficiency in a third language will be excluded.
Individuals who began learning Spanish after early childhood will be excluded.
Participation will also be restricted to individuals over 18 years of age.
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Application of graph theory to both resting-state and task-based fMRI data to uncover brain-behavior relationships related to therapy outcomes in aphasia

This project will use fMRI to examine changes in the brain related to behavioral therapy outcomes in persons with aphasia. We aim to recruit twenty persons with aphasia. Each participant will receive 4 MRI scans. Between scan 1 and scan 2, no therapy will be provided (10 week break). Between scan 2 and scan 3, ten weeks of word finding therapy will be provided. Between scan 3 and scan 4, no therapy will be provided (10 week break). The therapy used is abstract word retrieval training. The results of this project will help inform rehabilitation practices in aphasia.
Chaleece Sandberg at cws18@psu.edu or 814-863-2006
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18 year(s) or older
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Diagnosis of aphasia
Sustained stroke at least 6 months ago
Right-handed
Native English speaker
Completed at least a high school education
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History of neurodegenerative disease (e.g., Alzheimer's)
History of other acquired neurological disorder (e.g., TBI)
History of developmental disorder (e.g., autism)
History of psychological disorder (e.g., schizophrenia)
Unsafe to receive MRI (e.g., pacemaker)
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Hershey, PA