May 21, 2013

Preschoolers needed for two language studies

Studies in the Language Development Lab explore how children learn to understand speech.

In one study, researchers are interested in how infants learn to understand speech about absent things. The experimenter will play with your child with a toy, talk about it when it’s present, then hide it from the child and after a short distraction ask the child about the hidden toy again. We are interested to see how your child will react to the name of an absent toy.

Participants needed: Children ages 11 months, 25 days to 12 months, 20 days.

In the other study researchers explore preschoolers’ ability to learn about novel animals based on verbal descriptions alone. Children will be first read a short story describing a novel animal. Then they will be shown a picture with the animal described in the story and a different animal. Children will be asked to find the animal from the story.

Participants needed: Children ages 2 years, 6 months to 2 years, 11 months; and 3 years, 6 months to 3 years, 11 months.

Both studies involve a one-time visit of about 45 minutes to the playroom on the Vanderbilt campus (Peabody College).

Compensation: Children receive a toy or a book for taking part

Contact: Phone 343-8721, or email Maria Osina at