The Language, Learning, and the Brain Laboratory conducts research in experimental linguistics, including language processing, language learning, speech perception and production, computer-assisted learning, neurolinguistics, and communication disorders.
We are housed in the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages. The laboratory encompasses about 950 square-feet of space. Laboratory facilities include two sound-attenuated chambers and associated equipment for conducting language, auditory perception and speech production experiments (e.g., button boxes, microphones, headphones), separate rooms for eye-tracking, cognitive and other behavioral testing, and offices for post- and pre-doctoral fellows. The Department houses other laboratories with additional researchers and research support staff who can provide technical and intellectual support.
The laboratory has a Neuroscan 256-channel EEG system with a Stim2 calibrated hardware and software system and Curry 7 software for data processing, including source analysis and co-registration with MRI data. The laboratory also has an Eyelink II head-mounted eyetracking system. There are multiple computers (PC and Linux stations) with software programs for sound editing (e.g., Praat), stimulus presentation (e.g., E-Prime), and manuscript editing (e.g., Microsoft Word). Linux workstations have the capability for analyzing MRI data. These computers are connected to a server with backup capabilities.
In addition, The Chinese University of Hong Kong has two research dedicated MRI scanners available for neuroimaging research. A 3T Philips system is housed in the Department of Imaging and Interventional Radiology in the Prince of Wales Hospital. A 3T Siemens system is housed in the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology. These research scanners are supported by MR Physics, radiologists, technicians, and engineers who are specialized in image analysis.