Cognitive Neuroscientific Studies of First and Second Language Processing

"Having just gotten my feet wet I look forward to upcoming projects that still need to be conducted experimentally as well as designed so that I might gain experience in each separate stage of the research process. I believe my attention to detail and scientific creativity could use some improvement which I expect to see happen as I continue my work with the PLUM lab."

 

Supervising Faculty:

Dr. Natasha Tokowicz

 

Contact: 

Natasha Tokowicz
634 LRDC
412-624-7026
tokowicz@pitt.edu

 

Area of Research:  Cognitive Psychology/Neuroscience; Second Language Learning

 

Description of Research:

This project includes a series of behavioral (reaction time) and brain-related (ERP) experiments aimed at understanding the psychophysiological underpinnings of first and second language processing. We have a large range of experiments including those aimed at examining sentence processing in the first and second language, training studies in which we teach people foreign languages, and studies on the effects of individual differences on language processing.

 

Duties of Students:

  • Read relevant research articles and discuss them and other related theoretical issues at weekly research meetings
  • Assist with recruiting and testing participants (following training) in behavioral and/or ERP experiments
  • Assist with data coding, entry, and analysis, and experiment programming

 

Additional Requirements:

  • Reliable individuals interested in gaining research experience
  • Preferred 3.3 GPA or higher
  • Minimum of 2 credits per semester
  • Recommended basic computer skills and familiarity with Excel
  • Interest in directed research for two semesters is preferred
  • Availability for weekly lab meetings on Fridays from 10-11 AM is required

 

Terms offered: fall, spring and summer

 

Number of Students: varies