March 19, 2013

Children ages 6 to 17 needed for speech perception study

Vanderbilt researchers are conducting a study on language and the brain, specifically the development of speech perception.

Participant Criteria

Children age 6 to 17 years old. Researchers are interested in what happens in the brain as children become experts in speaking and understanding English.

Families come for up to four visits.

During the first visit, researchers will ask children to:

• Take part in a short set of assessment activities
• Make decisions about sounds they hear
• Wear a stretchy, damp cap that records the child's brain activity while watching a movie of their choice

If you are interested and qualify based on a set of criteria (such as lack of metal in the body), you will come back for up to three more visits.

During these additional visits, researchers will ask children to:

• Answer questions and take puzzle-like tests
• Practice lying still in a pretend MRI
• Lie still in an MRI scanner while watching a movie of their choice

Compensation is $10 per hour plus travel compensation and testing bonuses.

Contact Information
Hilda Fehd, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator: Bruce McCandliss, Ph.D.
Other researchers: Hilda Fehd, Ph.D.