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Visiting our Lab

Our lab is located on the 4th floor of Ohio State's Eye and Ear Institute. Parking is free and convenient - there are always available spots open for visitors! We have a space for families to enjoy snacks and play during their time in the lab. Parents and children stay together throughout the visit. Afterwards, children receive "Infant Scientist" certificates and families are compensated for their time. We have several different studies going on for children 3 months to 3 years - find out more about the different aims and methods below. 




Collecting Speech Samples at Home

With LENA technology, children can wear a small, portable recording device in specially-designed vests during their daily activities at home. Each LENA device can hold 16 hours worth of speech and sounds! Families' daily routines are preserved, allowing us to study children's language environments at home, instead of in the lab. Like a Fitbit for words, the LENA device computes the number fo words children hear.



Studying Children's Speech Processing

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Building our vocabulary is a process that begins in infancy and continues throughout our lives. How do young children learn the meaning behind new words? While seated on their caregiver's lap, children watch videos that may introduce new objects with unfamiliar names. Then children see two objects side-by-side and listen to instructions to find a particular target. Children can use their eyes to let us know what they learned from the video!