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Participate in research

Sarah demonstrating a hearing screening

Sarah performing a hearing screening on Devin

We welcome participation from the UConn and Storrs communities.  In fact, we could not do our research without your support!

This page lists opportunities for participation in our research and is updated frequently.  Our studies are conducted in the D.C. Phillips Communication Sciences building on the Storrs campus.  We provide convenient parking for families with children.  Our laboratory is affiliated with UConn K.I.D.S., the interdisciplinary organization for promoting children’s contributions to scientific discovery.

Please contact us if you have any questions about what to expect when participating in our research studies.  Children and adults usually find it a fun and positive experience.

Opportunities for children and parents

Determinants of phonetic category structure

Volunteers are wanted for a research study at the University of Connecticut.  The purpose of this study is to examine language processing in individuals with and without language impairment. Monolingual English children who are 6-8 years of age are invited to participate. The research takes place in 1-2 sessions that are approximately 1-2 hours long at the UConn Laboratory for Spoken Language Processing on the Storrs campus.  Children will complete puzzles, words games, and language assessments. We will also ask parents to fill out a questionnaire. Some children will be asked to have an MRI of their brain while playing word games in the scanner. Families will receive monetary compensation for participation and children who participate in the MRI study will receive a picture of his or her brain. To learn more about this research, contact Rachel M. Theodore, Ph.D. (Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences) at rachel.theodore@uconn.edu or 860-486-3477.

Opportunities for adults

Determinants of phonetic category structure

Rebecca preparing the sound booth for a child participant

Rebecca setting up for a child participant

Volunteers are wanted for a research study at the University of Connecticut.  The purpose of this study is to examine language processing in individuals with and without language impairment.  Monolingual English adults (18-35 years of age) are invited to participate.  The research takes place in 1-2 sessions that are approximately 1-2 hours long at the UConn Laboratory for Spoken Language Processing on the Storrs campus.  Participants will listen to speech sounds or read words on a screen and will be asked to indicate what they hear or see. Participants may also complete language assessments and a questionnaire. Some participants will have an MRI of their brain while performing language tasks in the scanner. Participants will receive monetary compensation for participation and will also be provided with scores on standardized language tests if requested and a picture of their brain.  To learn more about this research, contact Rachel M. Theodore, Ph.D. (Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences) at rachel.theodore@uconn.edu or 860-486-3477.