Study of Translation Ambiguity Between English and German

"In addition to the analytical skills that I expected to be required of me in science, I’m also getting chances to be creative.  Further, having to balance research with the rest of my school schedule is helping with time-management skills."


Supervising Faculty:

Dr. Natasha Tokowicz



Natasha Tokowicz
634 LRDC


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


Description of Research:

This project includes a study of the difficulty in learning words with multiple translations across languages, specifically English and German. In these experiments, we teach native speakers of English pairs of English-German translation equivalents and examine their learning and retention as a function of the types of words being taught and the manner of instruction.


Duties of Students:

  • Read relevant research articles and discuss them and other related theoretical issues at 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 at least two semesters
  • Familiarity with the German language
  • Availability for weekly lab meetings on Fridays from 10-11 AM is required


Terms offered: fall, spring and summer


Number of Students: varies