Current Studies

last updated: 9/29/18

How fast can bilingual children learn new words?

In this study we would like to determine if knowing two languages helps children learn new words. We will be comparing the learning skills of children who speak English and Spanish with those of children who speak English only.

Who Can Participate? Participation is completely voluntary. We are looking for children who:

  1. Have normal hearing or hearing loss
  2. Are between the ages of 8 and 12 years
  3. Can use a computer and use a mouse
  4. Speak English only or both English and Spanish (bilingual children do not need to be fluent in both languages but should use both languages most days)
  5. Use their own hearing aids if they have them

What’s Involved? Testing is done in the Pediatric Amplification Lab at ASU. Participation requires just one visit to the lab for no more than 2 hours.  During testing, children will be asked to do these things:

  1. Complete a vocabulary test in Spanish and English (even if they don’t speak both of the languages).
  2. Complete a questionnaire about their use of each language (Spanish and/or English).
  3. Play a computer game to learn 5 new words that sound like Spanish, 5 words that sound like English and 5 words that sound like Arabic.
  4. Complete a 10-minute post-test at home the next day.

How much will my child be paid? Each child will receive $30 for their work in the lab and $20 for the posttest ($50 total).

Call: If you have any questions about the study or if you would like to enroll your child, contact Beatriz de Diego (bdediego@asu.edu or 602-329-7524) or Nancy Flores (nancy.g.flores@asu.edu or 480-727-8728) in the Pediatric Amplification Lab. You may also contact the director of the lab, Dr. Andrea Pittman, at andrea.pittman@asu.edu or 480-727-8728.

 

¿Qué tan rápido pueden los niños bilingües aprender nuevas palabras?

En este estudio nos gustaría determinar si el hecho de saber dos lenguas ayuda a los niños a aprender nuevas palabras. Compararemos las habilidades de aprendizaje de niños que hablan inglés y español con niños que hablan solo inglés.

¿Quién puede participar? La participación es completamente voluntaria. Estamos buscando niños que:

  1. Tengan audición normal o pérdida auditiva
  2. Estén entre los 8 y los 17 años de edad.
  3. Puedan ver una pantalla de computador y usar un raton.
  4. Hablen inglés solamente o inglés y español. Los niños bilingües no necesitan hablar fluido en las dos lenguas, pero deberían usar las dos lenguas la mayoría de los días.
  5. Usen sus propios audífonos si los tienen

¿Qué hay que hacer? Las pruebas se llevan a cabo en el laboratorio de amplificación pediátrica de ASU (mire el mapa a la vuelta de la hoja). Su participación requiere solo una visita de 2 horas al laboratorio. Estas serán las pruebas que su hijo tendrá que hacer:

  1. Completar un test de vocabulario en español y en inglés (incluso si no habla una de las lenguas).
  2. Completar un cuestionario sobre el uso de cada lengua (español/inglés).
  3. Jugar a un juego en el computador para aprender 5 palabras nuevas que suenan como inglés y 5 palabras nuevas que suenan como español.
  4. Completar una prueba en línea de 5 minutos al día siguiente de la visita al laboratorio.

¿Cuánto le pagarán a mi hijo? Cada niño recibirá $30 por su trabajo en el laboratorio y $20 por el post-test ($50 total).

¿Dónde llamar? Si tiene alguna duda sobre el estudio o si le gustaría que su hijo participe, llame a Beatriz de Diego (602) 329-7524 o a Nancy Flores at (480) 727-0508. También puede mandar un correo a bdediego@asu.edu o a nancy.g.flores@asu.edu.

 

COMING SOON:

Hearing and the Production of Speech (HaPS)

In this study, we hope to find a link between the speech that a person hears and the speech that he/she produces. The goal of this study is to develop a quick and effective measure of hearing aid benefit for both children and adults.

Who Can Participate? Participation is voluntary. Children with hearing loss between the ages of 8 and 18 years and adults with hearing loss between the ages of 50 and 80 years can participate. Hearing aid use is not required. Participants should be able to speech English, read simple words, and have normal or corrected vision for working with a computer.

What’s Involved? Participants will repeat sounds of speech for ~1 minute while listening to themselves through headphones.  Participants will also listen to short sentences and identify real and nonsense words in the sentences using a computer game. Children and adults with hearing loss will use laboratory hearing aids that will be adjusted during testing.

This study is being conducted in the Pediatric Amplification and Auditory Prosthesis Laboratories on the ASU campus in Tempe. Testing will require one visit to the lab lasting no more than 2 hours.

Pay: Each participant is paid $25/hour ($50 total) at the end of each visit.

As part of the study, each participant will receive a standard hearing evaluation. This test is provided as part of the study at no cost to the participant. Participants and parents are welcome to request a copy of the results at no charge.

Call: If you have any questions about our study or if you would like to enroll, email Nancy Flores (nancy.g.flores@asu.edu) in the Pediatric Amplification Lab, or you can call her at 480-727-8728, You may also contact the director of the lab, Dr. Andrea Pittman, at andrea.pittman@asu.edu or 480-727-8728.