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Lab facilities

The department enjoys unmatched facilities for linguistic research, organized as an open lab in which all members of the department may share.

Students and faculty have ready access to any combination of tools that they might need to pursue their research. In addition to our labs listed below, our students and faculty also have close ties with labs and research groups in other countries that have made it possible for students to carry out cross-linguistic studies that would not be possible in the U.S. alone.

The Department of Linguistics and the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Laboratory are almost always seeking participants to join in the studies they conduct.

EEG/ERP and MEG labs

Our hardware includes an EEG/ERP lab, an MEG lab, two eye-tracking laboratories (ASL remote eye-tracker for child and adult studies; EyeLink 1000 eye-tracker for reading studies) and sound-proof space for auditory research. 

The Maryland Neuroimaging Center

The Maryland Neuroimaging Center (MNC), opened in 2011, features a state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) facility and will soon house MEG, EEG and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) as well. 

The Language Acquisition Lab

The Language Acquisition Lab is equipped with state-of-the-art technology for stimulus preparation, presentation and analysis using Head-Turn Preference, Habituation and Preferential Looking procedures, in addition to interactive tasks for older children. The lab is equipped to study children ranging from 2 months to 6 years of age and typically brings in over 500 participants each year. 

The Center for Young Children

We benefit from a long-standing partnership with the Center for Young Children, an on-campus lab preschool with 120 children aged 3-6 years, plus other testing arrangements with local schools. 

CLIP lab

The department has access to excellent resources for carrying out computational work both locally and remotely, in part due to our close ties with the CLIP lab. Much of the community's shared practical knowledge on carrying out research with these facilities is now being gathered on a collective wiki.