Project From Mind to Brain Phonologists don't know what a phonological process is... EEG will tell them.
American English native speakers wanted
To participate, please contact Lavinia [lslabu AT yahoo.com] or call her at 07.69.80.88.21
Dear potential participant,
The project is run by Lavinia Slabu and Tobias Scheer at the Université Côte d'Azur and the INRIA Méditerranée Research Center in Sophia Antipolis. We are looking for native US English speakers wanting to participate in a linguistic study that measures their brain activity while they speak.
The study is composed of an approximately 3 hour electroencephalography (EEG) session and a one hour MRI magnetic resonance imaging session (at Hôpital Pasteur) with an interim period of 6-12 months between the two. The first session will take place at Research Center INRIA, Sophia Antipolis Méditerranée (2004, route des Lucioles - BP 93, 06902 Valbonne). Participation can be planned according to participant availability (including weekends).
You will receive gifts (such as a USB stick, with a value €7 for each hour of participation), as well as a CD with the anatomical images of your brain for the second session when the MRI is done (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). We will pay for your trip to and from the study center from surrounding areas. There will be a visual task while the electroencephalography is recorded. The researcher will place a cap (similar to a swimming cap) with electrodes on your head to record your neural activity. Small amounts of conductive gel will be applied to your scalp (it is just like clear hair gel). There will be a place for you to wash your hair after the study. This procedure is safe, and non-invasive. This study will help us understanding the complex mechanism of language and the human brain.
To participate in this experiment, you should:
be a healthy native speaker of USA English (this means you need to be born in the USA or have grown up there until you were at least 10 years old, and speak no other languages 'from birth')
have spent no more than 5 years outside of the USA recently
be between 18-45 years old
have no speech or hearing disorders
not have any metallic implants
have normal or corrected-to-normal vision, and no previous history of either mental or neurological disease
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate participants with intricate hairstyling, e.g. braids, weaves, dreadlocks (sorry, that the cap won't fit over them!).
If you want to participate, please contact Lavinia [lslabu AT yahoo.com] or call her at 07.69.80.88.21.
Please do not hesitate to ask any questions related to this study.