CURRENT RESEARCH INITIATIVES

Project Talk

The lab is currently recruiting research assistants to assist in Project Talk in the Pensacola area. This will consist of the development of a language-based app, recruitment of families to test the app, and analysis of data collected. Other aspects of Project Talk will consist of examining the linguistic environment of young children and understanding factors that contribute to positive language growth. For example, we are currently examining the effects of maternal depression and anxiety on children's language interactions and growth in the home.

The goals of this project are to: (1) increase positive interactions in the family, (2) give parents high-quality material to discuss, (3) improve kindergarten readiness, particularly in low-income areas, and (4) provide parents with resources for helping their children. If you are interested in being a part of this study as a research assistant, please fill out the research assistant form on the "Contact the Lab" page. If you are a parent interested in testing out this app, please send me an email at vrainey@uwf.edu. 

This is a great opportunity for psychology, education, or computer science students to get involved in one or all parts of the project. 

Other General Language Development Projects

Using behavioral, survey, and electroencephalography (EEG) methodology, the Cognitive Development Lab examines language and executive function growth in response to different environmental conditions and experiences. Currently, the lab is examining neural processing differences between monolinguals and bilinguals with different language experiences. Data collection is complete, but data analysis is still in process.