Individual differences in spoken language comprehension

Project #: 85
Name: Daniel Mirman (; 215-553-7169)
Department: Psychology
Academic Area: Psychology

Title: Individual differences in spoken language comprehension

Language and speech is central to how we think about ourselves and interact with others. Intuitively, we know that people do not understand and use language in exactly the same way, but how can we measure these subtle differences without completely disrupting a process developed to understand about 150 words per minute? Over the last few decades, eye-tracking has emerged as a very effective tool for studying subtle spoken language comprehension processes in relatively natural contexts. This project will leverage this technology to study individual differences in these processes. We will examine how cognitive, emotional, and physiological differences between people affect how they understand spoken words.

Associated Independent Study:
The independent study will involve reading articles about spoken language comprehension and eye-tracking, and learning how to analyze eye-tracking data.

Gained Experience:
Learn how to measure spoken language comprehension processes in (relatively) natural contexts and how individual differences might affect them.


Collecting data, analyzing data, preparing results for presentation and publication

Stratton Hall, Drexel University (University City)

1-hour weekly meeting, timing flexible.

Interview Availability: April 27, 2015; April 28, 2015