Carol A. Miller, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
404K Ford Ford Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802
814-865-6213
cam47@psu.edu
Dr. Carol Miller

At the Child Language Development Laboratory, we are interested in the language skills of current and former children! Our goal is to understand how language develops in typical and non-typical ways in young children, adolescents, and adults. Our research shows that language development is related to other mental abilities such as memory, attention, and the ability to process all kinds of information quickly and accurately. We want to understand better how these relations work, so we can help children and adults who struggle with learning, speaking, and understanding language.

We use several different tools to meet our research goals, including published tests, computer-based games and tasks, and electroencephalography—that means measuring the electrical activity of the brain.

Participate in our research!

We are currently looking for adults with a learning disability involving reading, writing, speaking, or listening. Are you currently receiving academic accommodations because you have some difficulties with reading, writing, speaking, or listening? Or have you received services for such difficulties in the past? For example, maybe you had speech therapy when you were in elementary school, or received extra help from a specialized reading teacher.  If this sounds like you, we would like to hear from you.

The study we’re doing right now works like this. We’re studying the electrical activity of the brain in response to hearing sounds. A cap will be placed on your head that allows us to record this electrical activity. The procedure is safe and painless, and you can play computer games while the cap is adjusted. You will then listen to some sounds and respond to certain ones, and also do a couple of brief memory and reading tests. We’ll do the whole thing in one session of about 2 hours.

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