Listening Experiment Needs Participants – £10 for 35-45 minutes of your time

We are eagerly seeking native speakers of UK English (born in the UK, or moved here before the age of 5), to come to the lab and listen to a set of sentences and answer some comprehension questions about them. The experiment takes between 35 and 45 minutes depending on how quickly you answer the questions.

We need participants to come as soon as possible, so if you’re on campus in April, come along and earn £10 for helping us out.

Please email Panpan Yao ( to arrange an appointment and find out more.


Current Experiments Running – Participants Wanted

We are currently running three experiments in the lab:

1. Sentence Reading and Judgment Task comparing English, French and German L1 speakers

We are asking English, French and German L1 speakers to read sentences in English (while we monitor their eye-movements) and make a judgement about whether each sentence makes sense or not. The experiment takes about 15 minutes, and is followed by a short translation exercise. Participants will be paid £5. Contact to sign up.

2. Possible word judgement task

We need native English speakers to read made-up word strings like like `untrace’ or `calmable’ and decide whether they are possible words of English or not by pressing a response button. The experiment takes about 25 minutes and participants are paid £5. Contact to sign up.

3. Sentence listening and word judgment task

We need native English speakers to listen to sentences and answer comprehension questions. While you are listening to the sentences you’ll sometimes be asked to say whether a string of letters that appears on the screen is a real word of English or not. This task is not as difficult as it sounds, but it does test your powers of concentration. To sign up, contact

four experiments currently running – sign up now

The following four experiments are currently running in the lab and require participants:

1. Spanish vs. English speech experiment.
This takes about 1hr, and includes a wide range of short tasks (answering questions, reading aloud, naming words, fill-in-the-blanks, speech detection and speeded response tasks). We are urgently looking for native English speaking monolinguals (some exposure to a second language is ok, but you should only be fluent in English).
If interested, contact Dr. Dimitra Lazardiou-Chatzigoga.

2. Truth Value Judgement experiment.
This will take about 30 minutes, and involves two tasks: judging whether a set of sentences are true (as quickly as you can) and completing a set of sentence fragments. If interested, contact Mr. Malcolm Skene ( to schedule an appointment.

3. Gesture and Syntax experiment.
This will take 20-30 minutes and is a reaction time experiment. Contact Dr. Hannah Sowden for more details.

4. Multilingualism and Performance on a button-pressing experiment
This experiment will take 15- 20 minutes and it is a reaction time experiment. Participants will simply have to sit in front of a computer screen and press buttons on a game pad. Participants must not be colour blind. If interested, please contact Afreen Kashmiri ( to schedule an appointment.

earn £10 for participating in linguistics lab experiments may 22-june 20

We’re looking for native English speakers (learned English before starting school) to participate in a pair of experiments over the next few weeks.

If you can spare the time, we can pay you £5 for 30 minutes (one experiment) or £10 for one hour (two experiments). All you have to do is listen to some sentences and read some words and press buttons.

If you’re interested, email Dimitra at: d.lazaridou AT qmul DOT ac DOT uk and let her know which days and times you are free.

current experiments seeking participants

If you’d like to participate in an experiment currently running in the lab, check the eligibility requirements and send an email to the experimenter to arrange a time. Most experiments will require about one hour of your time, but check with the experimenter for more details.

Project Requirements Exclusion Criteria Task Contact
Second language acquisiton of Tagalog Monolingual English Speakers* Must not know Tagalog (Filipino) Tagalog Word Learning + Self-Paced Reading Rachel Read
Greenberg’s Universal 20 Monolingual English Speakers* none Learning Artificial Language + judgement task David Hall
Interpreting Generalizations Native English speakers** none Truth Value Judgement Task Dimitra Lazaridou
Bilingual Advantage Monolingual English speakers* + Bilingual Spanish/English speakers none Picture Naming + Cue Matching Dimitra Lazaridou
Colour Variation and Gender Native English speakers** Must not be colour blind Picture Naming + Cue Matching Aysha Hasan

* For the purposes of these experiments, we are defining ‘Monolingual’ English Speaker as someone who would not define themselves as Bilingual (or Trilingual). Participants with education in a second language up to secondary school level will be accepted.
** ‘Native’ English Speakers must have begun speaking English before the age of 3, but can also be fluent speakers of other languages.

‘taster’ session for prospective students

Today I gave a short lecture to some prospective students and their parents on the general topic of Language and the Brain. The slides are here.

I invited the audience to get in touch about visiting the lab and finding out more about what we do. That invitation is open to any prospective or current QMUL students. Drop me a line here or via email and we’ll arrange a time for a tour.

Presenting new data at Neurobiology of Language Conference

I’m en route to Annapolis, MD to participate in the Neurobiology of Language Conference organised by the Society for the Neurobiology of Language. Together with Joseph Fruchter and Alec Marantz of NYU, I’ll be presenting a poster entitled “Early decomposition effects during visual processing of past tense verbs: an MEG study using
masked priming and single-word lexical decision tasks”.