Wednesday, August 15, 2012

CASL Needs Study Participants

Below is a list of postings for studies at the Center for Advanced Study of Language that need participants. All provide monetary compensation for student time.  Please click the link below for more information.


Listening Test for Native Arabic Speakers

Native speakers of Arabic learning English wanted for research study! You will complete the Versant Pro English Speaking Test via phone (30 minutes) at your convenience and, if eligible, participate in a research session (2-3 hours) where you will answer questions about your language background and complete an English listening comprehension test. Participants who complete the study will earn $95.

To be eligible to participate, you must: be a native speaker of Arabic learning English, who can understand most conversations in English except when the speech is very fast. Must be 18 or older.

The study is located at: University of Maryland OIT Lab - Regents

For more information, please contact:


Can you hear the difference?
Speech Sounds Study

The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) is developing a test of foreign language speech perception ability. We need people to try to hear differences between foreign speech sounds and learn foreign words.
Participants must be:
  • Native speakers of English
  • Between the ages of 18-26

Participants will:
  • Attend one 1 hour session
  • Listen to sounds from a variety of foreign languages
  • Earn $30 for participation

Speech Sounds Study
Sign up is also available on SONA systems:


Brain Training to Improve Language Learning

Train your working memory and help scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) learn how to help you learn and use foreign languages! You can receive $10 per hour of participation in this study, with participation time varying between 10 and 20 hours.

Working memory is what you use to store and process information in real time. You use working memory whenever you have to: focus, filter out distraction, switch between tasks, understand text or speech, or learn a new language.  CASL scientists have developed a training regime to train working memory.

What will you be asked to do?
The length of participation ranges from 9 hours to 19 hours, spaced over several weeks and multiple 1 and 2-hour sessions. During these sessions you will be asked to complete tasks of memory, reading, thinking, and problem solving.

To be eligible to participate:
•             You must be a Native English speaker between the ages of 18-40.
•             You must have normal, or corrected to normal, hearing and vision. 
•             You must have unimpaired use of your dominant writing hand.
•             You do not have a personal history of neurological, neuropsychiatric, psychiatric disorders, or learning disabilities.
•             You do not have a recent history of excessive alcohol consumption, drug use, or substance abuse.

The study will take place at the University of Maryland, College Park: Biology-Psychology Building, Benjamin Building, or Cole Fieldhouse

For more info, please contact: