Experimental Linguistics Module – Autumn 2011

Tuesday 2-4pm, Bancroft Building room 102.6

  • Module Description

    The goal of this module is to take students with no prior training in the methods or tools of experimental psychological science and provide them with the theoretical and practical training required to be able to critically engage with the Psycholinguistics literature and to undertake experimental linguistics research themselves. The module will include hands-on training in inferential statistics and hypothesis testing, experimental design, data collection (including training in ethical human subjects research protocols), and data analysis. The module will also engage students in considering strengths and limitations of various kinds of linguistics data, and how multiple sources of data and methods of data collection can be combined to enhance understanding. Students will develop their critical reading skills and gain practice in presenting primary source literature to their peers.

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experiment results – it worked!

Posted by Linnaea on December 22, 2011

Finally, I have some results to share with you. Sorry it took longer than anticipated – the data set turned out to be larger and more complicated than I had fully anticipated, and required an awful lot of processing to extract out the comparisons we were interested in. There are still lots of analyses I haven’t had time to run, but at least I’ve managed to address the basic questions that motivated this research in the first place.

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eye movement experiment seeks participants

Posted by Linnaea on December 14, 2011

Dr. Magda Osman and Dr. Shuichiro Taya in the Psychology Department are looking for a few more participants for their research study on visual attention. Here’s their description:

The purpose of this experiment is to explore the effect of ongoing tasks on visual cognition and eye-movement behaviour. The experiment is conducted in the 2nd floor of the Fogg building. You will be asked to sit down in front of a PC display in which a series of visual stimuli (ambiguous shapes and pictures of a daily scene) are presented, and to complete a series of tasks regarding the visual stimuli. Your eye-movement during the experiment will be recorded with using a camera-based eye-tracker.

You will receive 5 pounds for your contribution, after you complete all trials. The experiment will take 45-60 min in total.

You can contact Dr. Taya at s.taya@qmul.ac.uk if you’re interested in participating.

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week 12: wrap up slides

Posted by Linnaea on December 13, 2011

Due to a lingering illness, the last two weeks of the semester have been rather less full of data analysis and progress than I had hoped. The disappointing news is that due to my basically being entirely out of commission for a week, students won’t have an opportunity to analyse their own data. Everyone will have to content themselves with reporting the results of the aggregate analysis. But perhaps this comes as a relief to some students, who might feel like they’ve already spent as much time with excel as they ever want to spend.

Today’s class was very short (I still can’t really speak), and mainly consisted of my going through the requirements for the final assignment. As promised, I’ve uploaded the slides that accompanied this exciting ‘lecture’.

Within a day or two, I’ll also upload the summary statistics on the participant data, and the summary statistics for the data analysis. These will be in the format of tables that can be imported into excel or numbers or pasted into online data visualisation tools like IBM’s many eyes tool. Student’s will have to decide how best to visually represent the results through a combination of tables and graphs.

Thanks to everyone for a great semester – I really enjoyed working with you all on this project.

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Experiment Assessment Instructions

Posted by Linnaea on November 29, 2011

I’ve added the relevant slides from today, and some instructions on how to prepare an excel workbook for class next week, to the assessments page.

Use this post to ask any questions you have about data formats, file types, etc. Assume that if you’re confused someone else probably is too. 🙂

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hindi and urdu speakers – share your secrets for finding people

Posted by Linnaea on November 23, 2011

I know several of you have successfully found Hindi and Urdu native speakers to participate in the class experiment. It would be great if you could share your methods with the rest of the class, since I know some students are finding it difficult to find people.

One possible option might be to approach the QMUL India Society – either by posting on the facebook wall, or by messaging the group organizers and seeing if they are willing to help recruit a few people. Has anyone tried this?

Any other ideas? If you know speakers of Hindi or Urdu who haven’t already participated and you’d be willing to help your fellow classmates make contact, please let us know.

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