Established in 2015, LAPP Lab carries out behavioral and eye-tracking research. Our research is generously supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the journal Language Learning, and the PROSEED/TEL CMU fund.
PhD, MA, and BA/BS students take part in research, conference presentations, and journal publications. Grad students have gone on to tenure-track, post-doc, and industry positions. Undergrads have gone on to top graduate schools. Consider joining the lab!
LAPP Lab stimuli, data, and code are made freely available on the Open Science Framework. Because team science is the best science, LAPP Lab collaborates with other labs and is part of the Pittsburgh Cognitive Auditory Neuroscience (PCAN) network.
LAPP Lab takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the mechanisms and architecture underlying language acquisition and processing. Our work bridges linguistics, psychology, speech science, and education, and aims to contribute real-world pedagogical innovations that improve language teaching and learning. The lab has two standing research groups: Psychling, the behavioral psycholinguistics group, and StatsEye, the R and eye-tracking group.
Interested in gaining research experience? Getting copies of papers or materials? Opening a dumpling lab? Or even participating in one of our studies? Contact the lab's director, Dr. Seth Wiener, for more information.
Dr. Wiener is an Associate Editor for the journal, Applied Psycholinguistics. His Erdös Number is 4. He is mostly interested in dumplings, breakfast, and comedy. Learn more about him on the podcast, "Lost in Citations."
Chisom joined the lab in 2020. She is interested in speech perception, second language acquisition, psycholinguistics training methods for language learning, and auditory neuroscience.
Bota joined the lab in 2021. She is interested in reading, second language acquisition, language assessment, and mixed-methods research.
Adam joined the lab in 2022. He is interested in understanding language learning and non-native speech perception through psycholinguistics, data analytics, and open science.
Bianca joined the lab in 2023. She is interested in multilingual identity and ideology in second language acquisition.
Mudita joined the lab in 2022. She is a Statistics and Machine Learning major. She is interested in the acquired learning patterns between monolinguals and multilinguals.
Xiaohan joined the lab in 2022. She is a Statistics and Chinese Studies double major, and a Linguistics minor. She is interested in language data analysis and eye-tracking.
Taylor joined the lab in 2023. He is a Computer Science and Linguistics double major. He is interested in language variation and phonetics.
Andrew has not been seen in the lab for quite some time, and he really isn't known for his linguistics, but his heart is in the work.
2024 is here. This will be a big, fun year for the lab. We’ll be presenting “Shadowing to improve pronunciation in novice Lx Italian classroom learning: A Canvas task” at CALICO this May in lovely Pittsburgh. We submitted “Measuring music and prosody: Accounting for variation in non-native speech discrimination with L1, L2, music skills, and working memory” to Speech Prosody 2024 in Leiden, The Netherlands. Excited to maybe share this preliminary data with the world in June. We are eagerly awaiting peer-review for several manuscripts. Lots of excitement in this cold start to the new year. Remember that “whatever inspiration is, it’s born from a continuous ‘I don’t know.’” - Wisława Szymborska
Check out our poster "Switching between phonological biases is not free: evidence from a bilingual reconstruction task." The full paper is available to read here. [ˈɟɛkujɪ]