Category Archives: Experiments

Listening Experiment

Thank you for your interest in our experiment!

Purpose: to investigate language comprehension in Canadian English speakers

Eligible participants are:

  • Monolingual Canadian English speakers (knowledge of different languages is ok as long as English was the only language spoken at home while growing up)
  • 30 years old and above

Participation includes:

  • Basic hearing test
  • Listening to words and nonwords, pressing a button to indicate “word” or “nonword”, typing words
  • 1 hour participation; $10 Compensation
  • Can participate for a maximum of  2 times on separate days
  • If you are interested in participating but believe you have previously participated, please contact us and we will double check for you

Locations (click on links for directions)

4-02 Assiniboia Hall, North Campus, University of Alberta (a parking space can be made available)

Enterprise Square 3-501 (Jasper Ave and 102 St)

Sign Up Options:

  1. Call us at 780-248-1409
  2. Email us at apl@ualberta.ca
  3. Create a SONA account to view and select timeslots that are most convenient for your schedule.

Creating a SONA account

  1. Go to: ualbertaling.sona-systems.com
  2. Scroll to the bottom and click on the big green “Request Account” button
    1. You will fill in the blanks to create an ID name.
    2. Your Password will then be sent to the email you filled in.
  3. Once you’ve received your password, log onto your account. You can then go to “My Profile” and change your password to something you will remember.
    • Enter 0 for your student ID
    • Enter ‘NONE’ when asked to select your courses
  4. Once you’ve logged into SONA click the big green “View Available Studies” button.
  5. You can then choose between two study titles:
    • Decades – Is this a word…? – ASSINIBOIA”
    • “Decades – Is this a word…? – DOWNTOWN”
      Both of these studies are exactly the same, they only differ by location. The “Assiniboia” location is on the University of Alberta North Campus and the “Downtown” location is located in Enterprise Square on Jasper Ave. Click on the study that provides the best location for you.
  6. Read the study information carefully to make sure you meet the requirements for this particular study.
  7. Scroll to the bottom of the study and click the green button that says “View time slot for this study”
  8. You will then be able to view ALL of the available time slots. Click the green “Sign Up” button to select that specific time and day.

Cancellations 

If for any reason you need to cancel or change the timeslot that you signed up for,

  1. Click “My Schedule/Credits” found on the green header near the top of the page.
  2. You will then be able to view all of the timeslots you are signed up for. Simply click the green “Cancel” button on the right of the particular study.
  3. Scroll down and click “Yes I want to cancel” to complete your cancellation.

Single MALD

Single MALD Speech Perception Experiment

Thank you for your interest in our experiment. In this experiment we are investigating language comprehension and are looking for native speakers of Western Canadian English, 18 – 30 years old. Before being selected a brief interview will establish whether you can participate. We are looking for participants who can commit to approximately 35 one hour visits to the lab (The Alberta Phonetics Lab, 4-02 Assiniboia Hall), 3-5 times a week. Chosen participants will receive $10 per visit (approximately 1 hour), plus $100 upon completing all visits.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please send an email to:
apl@ualberta.ca

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Lex

Learning new words

Thank you for your interest in the experiment. The results of this study will help us understand how adults learn nonnative words. The experiment consists of two main parts: learning and testing. In the learning phase, you will hear words in an unfamiliar language and see their pictured-meanings. Your task is to listen carefully and learn these words. In the testing phase, you will hear a word and see a picture and you have to decide whether they match or not based on what you have learned earlier in the experiment. The experiment will take an hour at most and you will receive $10 for your participation.

Four smiley fingers on a blackboard saying hello in English, French, Chinese and Spanish.

In order to participate, you have to create an account on SONA. This will allow you to access timeslots in which we are running the experiment.

Creating an account & Signing up

  1. Go to: ualbertaling.sona-systems.com
  2. Scroll to the bottom and click on the big green “Reboothsquest Account” button
    1. You will fill in the blanks to create an ID name.
    2. Your Password will then be sent to the email you filled in.
  3. Once you’ve received your password, log onto your account. You can then go to “My Profile” and change your password to something you will remember.
  4. Once you’ve logged into SONA click the big green “View Available Studies” button.
  5. Choose “Learning new words (Paid)
  6. Read the study information carefully to make sure you meet the requirements for this particular study.
  7. Scroll to the bottom of the study and click the green button that says “View time slot for this study”
  8. You will then be able to view ALL of the available time slots. Click the green “Sign Up” button to select that specific time and day.

Cancellations 

If for any reason you need to cancel or change the timeslot that you signed up for,

  1. Click “My Schedule/Credits” found on the green header near the top of the page.
  2. You will then be able to view all of the timeslots you are signed up for. Simply click the green “Cancel” button on the right of the particular study.
  3. Scroll down and click “Yes I want to cancel” to complete your cancellation.

Directions to APhL Lab – Assiniboia Hall

If you have any trouble signing up or have any concerns please email the researcher at aalarifi@ualberta.ca 

Tucson MALD

Thank you for your interest in our paid experiment! We’re investigating how people talk, understand speech, and identify words in collaboration with the Douglass Phonetics Laboratory at the University of Arizona.

  • Who: monolingual native speakers of English (experience studying a non-English language as a teenager or adult is not a problem)
  • Task: your visit to the lab will include a basic hearing test, pressing buttons on a button box to respond “word” or “nonword” to stimuli, and typing words in response to prompts
  • Duration: less than one hour; the experiment may be completed up to 3 times on separate days, and you will receive a small amount of money for your participation
  • Where: Douglass Phonetics Laboratory (Douglass 316) in the Douglass Building at the University of Arizona

To sign up, click on this link and and make an appointment on Google Calendar: https://goo.gl/nEMwSe. Please make sure your default Google Calendar is set to the Arizona time zone, or else the times will not display correctly.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to participate and none of the posted time slots work for your schedule, please send an email to Matt Kelley at mckelley@email.arizona.edu. Please include the phrase “Tucson MALD” in the subject line.

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Learning nonnative words

Thank you for your interest in the experiment. The results of this study will help us understand how adults learn nonnative speech sounds. The experiment consists of two main parts: learning and testing. In the learning phase, you will hear words in an unfamiliar language and you may see the word presented on the computer screen. Your task is to listen carefully to these words. In the testing phase, you will hear two words and you have to decide whether they are the same word or different words based on what you have learned earlier in the experiment. The experiment will take an hour at most and you will receive $10 for your participation.

Four smiley fingers on a blackboard saying hello in English, French, Chinese and Spanish.

 

In order to participate, you have to create an account on SONA. This will allow you to access timeslots in which we are running the experiment.

 

Creating an account & Signing up

  1. Go to: ualbertaling.sona-systems.com
  2. Scroll to the bottom and click on the big green “Reboothsquest Account” button
    1. You will fill in the blanks to create an ID name.
    2. Your Password will then be sent to the email you filled in.
  3. Once you’ve received your password, log onto your account. You can then go to “My Profile” and change your password to something you will remember.
  4. Once you’ve logged into SONA click the big green “View Available Studies” button.
  5. Choose “Learning nonnative words
  6. Read the study information carefully to make sure you meet the requirements for this particular study.
  7. Scroll to the bottom of the study and click the green button that says “View time slot for this study”
  8. You will then be able to view ALL of the available time slots. Click the green “Sign Up” button to select that specific time and day.

Cancellations 

If for any reason you need to cancel or change the timeslot that you signed up for,

  1. Click “My Schedule/Credits” found on the green header near the top of the page.
  2. You will then be able to view all of the timeslots you are signed up for. Simply click the green “Cancel” button on the right of the particular study.
  3. Scroll down and click “Yes I want to cancel” to complete your cancellation.

Directions to APhL Lab – Assiniboia Hall