Participate in research

If you would like to participate in our research, please fill out our Recruitment Screener. If you are eligible to participate in one of our current studies, we will reach out to you our scheduling availability. If you have any questions, please contact us by email at speechmotor@waisman.wisc.edu or by phone at 608-262-5776.

We are currently recruiting participants for the following studies:

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Speech in Typical Adults

The purpose of this study is to investigate how the brain uses sound information to control speech production.

Who: Adults with no speech, language, or hearing problems, and whose native language is American English
What: Completing simple speaking and listening tasks on a computer while we record your voice
Where: Waisman Center, 1500 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53705
Time commitment: One or two visits lasting 1-2 hours per visit
Payment: $15/hour

If you have questions about this study or would like to participate, please contact speechmotor@waisman.wisc.edu

Speech and hearing for Spanish speakers

We are studying how learning Spanish first and English later affects English vowel sounds.

Who: Adults who learned Spanish as a native language, and began learning English in high school or later. Eligible participants also have never had speech, language, or hearing problems.
What: Simple speaking and listening tasks on a computer. We will record your voice as well.
Where: Waisman Center, 1500 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53705
Time commitment: One visit lasting 2 hours
Payment: $15/hour

If you have questions about this study or would like to participate, please contact speechmotor@waisman.wisc.edu

Sensory Perception and Speech in Typical Adults

The study is focused on the senses of hearing and touch. The purpose of this study is to investigate how the brain uses these senses to control speech production.

Who: Adults with no speech, language, or hearing problems, and whose native language is American English
What:

  • Complete simple speaking and listening tasks on a computer while we record your voice. You would bite down on a tongue depressor during part of this task.
  • Place your tongue on two plastic probes and judge whether they vibrate at the same time or same intensity
  • Feel a grooved plastic probe with your tongue while blindfolded, and say which direction the grooves go
  • Listen to tones and decide which one is different

Where: Waisman Center, 1500 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53705
Time commitment: One visit lasting 2.5 – 3.5 hours
Payment: $15/hour

If you have questions about this study or would like to participate, please contact speechmotor@waisman.wisc.edu