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Summer research: hand gestures and language acquisition

By Katryna Swartwout Ryan on July 3, 2012

Terica Adams is a admission fellow in the Office of Admission, and she shared the following post with me:

April Bailey ’14 is working on an interdisciplinary research study for the Japanese and neuroscience departments this summer. She collects brain wave data recorded by an EEG net that is attached to the participant’s head in order to examine the role of hand gestures in helping native English speakers distinguish Japanese phonemic vowel sounds. April “stumbled upon” the opportunity when she went to discuss topics covered in class during the office hours of her professor and one of the principal researchers, psychology professor Spencer Kelly. By the end, she left with an offer to be his research assistant for this summer and for the following academic year as well. So far April’s summer experience has been enjoyable. “It’s exciting to see concrete representations of something we have talked about theoretically as well as gain experience to help prepare for a career in experimental psychology.”

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