Using ERPs and eye-tracking to study language learning and processing in adult learners.
In an increasingly global environment, both within the US and abroad, the ability to rapidly gain native-like linguistic competence is a critical asset. The ability to use an L2 in a way that is both expected and recognized by its native speakers is important both to the broad public, and to specific sectors, such as military personnel, that must develop native-like competence in a foreign language in a limited amount of time. The studies conducted under this IRB protocol will examine how learners/speakers of a second language acquire and process multi-word units (e.g., carry a business; run a store) in their second language, and how knowledge from the first language might influence the learning and processing of multi-word units in a second language.
Participants will complete a number of simple tasks on a computer in English and/or in Spanish (depending on language background).
Not fluent in other languages
No history of neurological or language disorders
Normal or normal-to-corrected vision
Older than 45 years old
Left-handed or ambidextrous
A history of neurological disorders or language disorders