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Psycholinguistics Lab

Current Studies

Tracking Eye Movements during Reading

The Psycholinguistics Lab in the Department of Linguistics and TESOL is currently conducting a study looking into language/reading comprehension. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The following is a description of the study:

  1. It will take place in Psycholinguistics Lab’s eye-tracking lab, Trimble Hall 217D.
  2. It will take about 1 hour to complete.
  3. During the study, you will (i) first complete a short language background questionnaire and (ii) then read sentences one at a time on a computer screen while your eye movements are recorded.
  4. Participation is completely voluntary, and you may withdraw at any time.

If you would like to participate in this study, please click on this SIGN-UP SHEET and choose a timeslot that works for you.

Plausibility Judgment Task

The Psycholinguistics Lab at the University of Texas at Arlington is conducting an online research study looking into how people judge whether or not a sentence is plausible. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The following is a description of the study:

  1. Native speakers of English who are 18 years of age or older are requested to participate in this study.
  2. This study can be accessed through the link below.
  3. It will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.
  4. During the study, you will rate plausibility of sentences.
  5. Participation is completely voluntary, and you may withdraw at any time.

If you would like to participate in this study, please click HERE to read the Informed Consent Document.

Tracking Eye Movements during L2 English Reading

The Psycholinguistics Lab in the Department of Linguistics and TESOL is currently conducting a study looking into second language reading comprehension. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The following is a description of the study:

  1. Native speakers of Chinese with a fluent command of English are asked to participate.
  2. Participants should either be enrolled in a degree-granting program (undergraduate/graduate) at UTA or have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in an English-speaking country.
  3. The study will take place in the Psycholinguistics Lab’s eye-tracking lab, Trimble Hall 217D.
  4. It will take about 1 hour to complete.
  5. During the study, you will (i) first complete a short language background questionnaire and (ii) then read sentences one at a time on a computer screen while your eye movements are recorded.
  6. You will be paid for your participation.
  7. Participation is completely voluntary, and you may withdraw at any time.

If you would like to participate in this study, please contact jeffrey.witzel@uta.edu to schedule a session.

Lexical Access − Speakers of Languages other than English

The Psycholinguistics Lab in the Department of Linguistics and TESOL is currently conducting a study looking into how people understand words. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The following is a description of the study:

  1. It will take place in the Psycholinguistics Lab, Hammond Hall 130.
  2. It will take about 30 minutes to complete.
  3. You need to be a non-native speaker of English.
  4. During the study, you will (i) first complete a short language background questionnaire and (ii) then make decisions on the letter strings presented on the computer screen (such as whether they make real words, whether they are names of familiar objects, or whether you saw them during a training session, or by reading them out loud). Alternatively, you may be asked to name objects depicted in pictures.
  5. Participation is completely voluntary, and you may withdraw at any time.
  6. You will be compensated monetarily.

If you would like to participate in this study, please contact Jeffrey Witzel (jeffrey.witzel@uta.edu) or Naoko Witzel (naoko@uta.edu) to schedule a session.

Multilingual Lexical Access

The Psycholinguistics Lab in the Department of Linguistics and TESOL is currently conducting a study looking into the organization of words in the mental dictionary of people who know two or more languages. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The following is a description of the study:

  1. People who are proficient in both Hindi and English are asked to participate in this study.
  2. This study can be accessed through the link below.
  3. It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
  4. During the study, you will (i) answer some screening questions related to your language background and then (ii) decide whether letter strings presented in both languages make real words.
  5. Participation is completely voluntary, and you may withdraw at any time.

If you would like to participate in this study, please click on the following link:
LINK TO EXPERIMENT

Online Language Processing with Visual and Auditory Stimuli (7)

The Psycholinguistics Lab in the Department of Linguistics and TESOL is currently conducting an online study looking into how people who know one language versus multiple languages use linguistic information. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The following is a description of the study:

  1. Native speakers of Korean who can speak English are requested to participate in this study.
  2. This study can be accessed through the link below.
  3. It will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.
  4. During the study, you will (i) answer some screening questions related to your language background and then (ii) make decisions on visual and audotiry stimuli presented through a computer.
  5. Participation is completely voluntary, and you may withdraw at any time.

If you would like to participate in this study, please click on the following link:
LINK TO EXPERIMENT