Understanding Accents and Dialects

"My experience in the Memory and Psycholinguistics in Learning and Education Laboratory is enriching my exposure to psychological research, and has encouraged me to incorporate graduate psycholinguistic research following the completion of my undergraduate degrees in Psychology, Communication Science and Disorders, and Linguistics."

Supervising Faculty:
Scott Fraundorf, Ph.D.

Scott Fraundorf
608 Learning Research and Development Center

Area of Research: Cognitive

Description of Research:
Have you ever noticed that even when people speak the language, we often have different accents or dialects?  (A person from Pittsburgh often doesn’t sound the same as someone who grew up in Boston or Nashville or London.)  In today’s global society, we frequently communicate with people who don’t share our accent or dialect.  We’re conducting research to understand how people different dialects in speech: when they succeed, when they don’t, and how the process works in our mind.  Our research primarily uses behavioral/cognitive experiments and eye-tracking.

Duties of Students:

  • Help design experimental materials (such as writing stories, picking out clip art, or doing sound editing).
  • Assist with recruit and testing participants (following training).
  • Help code and analyze data from the studies.
  • Read scientific papers from this area of research and discuss them in lab meetings.

Students must complete the following prerequisites before the start of PSY 1903*:

  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • 12 credits of Psychology (including current term)
  • STAT 0200/1000/1100- Statistics
  • PSY 0035- Research Methods in Psychology

Terms offered: Spring and fall

Number of Students:  Varies    

Check out our lab page: http://www.maple-lab.org