Participant Pool


Study Title

The Ontogeny of Segmental Speech Organization


Date Study Posted
6/20/2018
Researchers
Susan Nittrouer, Ph.D.
UF-IRB #
IRB201500597
Study Description
In this study, you will play several different memory games using a touchscreen computer. We will also do brief hearing and language screenings.

You will receive one unit of extra credit or be paid $15 for each visit to the lab.

Participant Requirements
We are looking for listeners who are 18 to 40 years of age, with normal hearing (no special devices to enhance hearing ability), no history of speech, language, hearing, or learning problems, and who are native speakers of American English.
Duration of Experiment
The experiment will take one to two visits of about one hour each
Number of Subjects Needed
60
Location
Shands Dental Tower, room DG-135
Contact Information
Please email speechlab@phhp.ufl.edu if you are interested in participating.

Study Title

Listening to Martian language


Date Study Posted
05/09/2018
Researchers
Ivette De Aguiar, Gaby Baco, Edith Kaan
UF-IRB #
IRB2018004400 (Learning word sequences)
Study Description
In this study, you will be asked to listen to made-up languages and answer some questions about
these on a computer. You will also be asked to complete a short questionnaire related to your
language background, a short reading task, and two short memory tasks. Note: this study consists of two sessions
Participant Requirements
Monolingually-raised native English speaker; 18-35 years old; normal hearing, no history of dyslexia or other language or learning impairments.
Duration of Experiment
two sessions of 1 hour and ½ an hour, respectively. Total duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes. Sessions will be 3 to 4 weeks apart.
Number of Subjects Needed
80
Location
TUR B122
Contact Information
Interested? Please contact Gaby Baco for more information: bacog@ufl.edu


Study Title

Speech-in-noise perception with audio-visual input


Date Study Posted
04/27/2018
Researchers
Yi Yuan, Andrew Lotto
UF-IRB #
IRB201800962
Study Description
The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of both audio and visual information on speech perception in noise. Participants will be comfortably seated in front of a computer in a quiet room. They will be presented with some speech sentences and need to type down the content of the speech.
Participant Requirements
Native English speakers are required, who are 18 to 40 years of age, with normal hearing (no special devices to enhance hearing ability), no history of speech, language, hearing, or learning problems.
Duration of Experiment
1 hour
Number of Subjects Needed
60
Location
Manning J. Dauer Hall Room 37
Contact Information
yiyuan56@ufl.edu

Study Title

Colors and Sentences


Date Study Posted
01/31/2018
Researchers
Emma Leone, Yucheng Liu, Edith Kaan
UF-IRB #
IRB201702995
Study Description
In this study you will be asked to name colors of words and to read sentences from a computer screen. You will also be asked to complete a short questionnaire related to your language
background.
Participant Requirements
Monolingually-raised native English speaker; 18-35 years old; no history of dyslexia or other
Duration of Experiment
about 1 hour
Number of Subjects Needed
90
Location
TUR B122
Contact Information
Interested? Please contact Emma Leone for more information: emma.leone@ufl.edu

Study Title

Predictive Processing in Dialogue Comprehension


Date Study Posted
1/30/18
Researchers
Marc Matthews, Jorge Valdes Kroff, Ratree Wayland
UF-IRB #
IRB201700281
Study Description
Does speaking more than one language make you a better conversationalist? Participate in this study to help us learn more!
Researchers in the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese Studies and Linguistics at UF are studying what kinds of information listeners use while comprehending dialogue. This study will expand what we know about bilingualism and general cognition.
We are looking for 48 Brazilian Portuguese-English or Spanish-English bilingual and 48 monolingual English speaking college-age students. You will primarily be watching a series of short conversation videos on a computer screen. You will also complete a short survey that assess your language proficiency. The study lasts approximately 1 hour and you may receive up to 1 hour of course credit if applicable.
Participant Requirements
Bilingual participants are required to have Brazilian Portuguese or Spanish as a native language and English as a second language, whether learned from birth/early childhood or later.  Monolingual participants must have English as their first and primary language.
Duration of Experiment
This experiment will take 1 hour or less
Number of Subjects Needed
96
Location
Dauer Hall Room 252-A
Contact Information
Email Marc at mrmarc@ufl.edu with the subject line “Dialogue Study” if you are interested in participating or if you have further questions!

Study Title

Social effects on bilingual sentence processing (brain waves)


Date Study Posted
11/12/2017
Researchers
Ann Kreidler, Steph Calo, Souad Kheder, Edith Kaan
UF-IRB #
IRB201701843
Study Description
This study consists of two sessions, and you will need to come in on two separate days.
In the first session, you will be asked to complete some questionnaires about language and handedness. You will also be asked to do some brief tasks involving language proficiency.In the second session, you will be reading sentences while your brain waves are recorded. You will be asked to answer comprehension questions about some of these sentences. While you are reading, there will be somebody sitting next to you. In addition to the reading task, you will also do an interactive task with the person sitting next to you.The first session will be approximately 1 hour, and the second session will be about 1.5 to 2 hours. You will receive up to 2 hours in course credits, and will be paid for the remaining time at a rate of $10/hour.
Participant Requirements
Spanish-English bilingual college students. To qualify, you must have learned both English and Spanish before the age of 12. You need to be 18-35 years old, and right-handed. You should be neurologically healthy (no epilepsy and not taking any drugs that may affect the brain), and should have no history of dyslexia, or other hearing or language-related problems.
Duration of Experiment
2.5-3 hours
Number of Subjects Needed
40
Location
TUR B122
Contact Information
Email Aleks at a.tomic@ufl.edu; with the subject line “Bilingual Study” if you are interested in participating or have further questions!

Study Title

Sentence Processing: An eye-tracking study


Date Study Posted
09/30/2017
Researchers
Eunjin Chun, Edith Kaan
UF-IRB #
IRB201700448
Study Description
The UF Brain and Language lab is seeking participants for an eye-tracking study. The purpose of this study is to investigate how native speakers of English process sentences. In addition to the online task with an eye-tracker, you will also be asked to complete a series of computer-based tasks on short memory, cognitive control, vocabulary, language proficiency and a language background questionnaire.
Participant Requirements
native speaker of English and at least 18 years old
Duration of Experiment
This experiment will take 2-2.5 hours
Number of Subjects Needed
80
Location
TUR B127
Contact Information
Please contact Eunjin Chun (eunjinchun@ufl.edu) to schedule an appointment

Study Title

Measuring Maximum Tongue Protrusion Force (MTPF) in healthy normal adults


Date Study Posted
09/29/2017
Researchers
Jayoung Kim & Paul Davenport
UF-IRB #
IRB201700324
Study Description
We assumed that increased tongue strength may have a potential to improve normal breathing. Because genioglossus tongue muscle plays an important role in tongue protrusion, stiffens the tongue, and prevents posterior tongue displacement and upper airway closure such as sleep apnea. We believe that tongue protrusion can be trained to increase protrusion strength by active forward protrusion exercise.
Participant Requirements
Age 18 or above without history of mouth/tongue disease or surgery
Duration of Experiment
10-15 minutes
Number of Subjects Needed
80
Location
DG 143
Contact Information
jykim103@ufl.edu

Study Title

Processing Sentences


Date Study Posted
09/20/2017
Researchers
Hope Klingensmith, Eunjin Chun, Edith Kaan
UF-IRB #
IRB201702069
Study Description
The purpose of this study is to investigate how native speakers of English process sentences. You will be asked to perform a sentence reading task and a task on cognitive control. At the end of the experiment, you will be asked to complete a language background questionnaire.
Participant Requirements
You must be a native speaker of English and at least 18 years old.
Duration of Experiment
about 1 hour
Number of Subjects Needed
50
Location
TUR B122
Contact Information
Please contact Hope to set up an appointment: hmarlinek1@ufl.edu

Study Title

Normal Swallowing and Breathing Across the Lifespan


Date Study Posted
08/29/2017
Researchers
Emily Plowman
UF-IRB #
IRB201700132
Study Description
The purpose of this research study is to understand the normal function of swallowing
and respiratory muscles in order to establish normal parameters. This will allow us to
compare normal physiology and function of the swallowing and respiratory muscles to
the performance of individuals with neurodegenerative disease and stroke. Volunteers are being asked to participate in this study in order to better understand normal cough and breathing in order to develop treatments for individuals with swallowing and breathing impairments.
Participant Requirements
No history of swallowing impairments or chronic respiratory disease, no recent smoking history
Duration of Experiment
20-30 minutes
Number of Subjects Needed
30
Location
Shands Dental Tower Research Lab (D2-77)
Contact Information
Reference: “Normative cough study” in the subject line of your email to set up an appointment with Lauren Tabor: ltabor@ufl.edu


Study Title

Examining cognitive control in bilingual and monolingual speakers


Date Study Posted
01/09/2017
Researchers
Jorge Valdes Kroff, Lise Abrams, Ana Oliveira-Beuses
UF-IRB #
IRB201601381
Study Description
Does speaking more than one language provide benefits that go beyond language
comprehension and speaking? Participate in this study to help us learn more!
Researchers in the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese Studies and Psychology at UF
are studying whether the constant navigation between Spanish and English aids in better
ignoring distracting information. This study will expand what we know about
bilingualism and general cognition.We are looking for 60 monolingual and 60 Spanish-English bilingual college-age
students. To qualify as a bilingual participant you must have learned English and
Spanish simultaneously or learned Spanish first and English second. If you identify as a
person who has a language, learning, or hearing disorder, you do not qualify for this
study. You will primarily be reading a series of words on a computer screen and will be
asked to respond to the color that the word is presented in via button press. You will also
complete a few cognitive tasks and tests that assess your English and Spanish proficiency
(if a bilingual speaker). The study lasts approximately between 1 hour and 1 hour 30
minutes and you may receive up to 2 hours of course credit if applicable.
Email Jorge at jvaldeskroff@ufl.edu with the subject line “Cognitive Control” if you are
interested in participating or if you have further questions!
Participant Requirements
Functionally English monolingual speakers or Spanish-English bilingual speakers
Duration of Experiment
This experiment will take approximately 1.5 hours
Number of Subjects Needed
60 monolinguals, 60 bilinguals
Location
Dauer 252-a and Dauer 252-b
Contact Information
jvaldeskroff@ufl.edu