Research Lab



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Our psycholingusitic lab started to operate on September 28th, 2017. It is currently located at Integrated Research Bldg. for Humanities & Social Sciences, Room 711.

We are studying language in the mind, using various experimental techniques. From time to time, we also make sure to remind ourselves of what our academic and life goals truly are. We educate ourselves on honest research conducts to avoid questionable, not to mention unethical, research practices.

The language of instruction, communication, and research is 99% English. 



Lab meetings

Time:  Tuesdays at 18:00

Location:  文系総合館 623

Contents:  Please see our past and near future acitivities here.



Lab schedule




Timeline for students

It is not uncommon to see students analyzing data a month before the deadline (and consequently writing the thesis the day before the deadline). It takes time to design a study. It takes time to collect data. It takes time to analyze data. Before analyzing data, it takes time to even master basic statistical concepts. Whatever we do, it takes more time than we think.

Humans often procrastinate.

Graduate students are humans.

Therefore graduate students often procrastinate.



Current members


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Jamie Taylor   (Doctoral program, Humanities)

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Research project

Cross-linguistic similarity effects in L1 and L2 visual word recognition: An eye-tracking study

Keywords

Visual word recognition, bilingual processing, cross-linguistic effects

Message

I am interested in how information is stored and processed the mind. Specifically, I am interested in the bilingual mental lexicon and how words of multiple languages are organized and how they are accessed during reading.  I study not only second-language processing but also bilinguals' comprehension of their native language. 



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Arthur Melo   (Doctoral program, Humanities) 

Research project

Revisiting classifier-based linguistic relativity: the case of Japanese.

Keywords

Linguistic relativity, numeral classifiers, Japanese, cognition, language evolution.

Message

Languages differ in how they conceptualize and encode aspects of reality, such as time, space, and color. Linguists and psychologists have long been interested in whether such differences have a significant effect upon speakers’ general cognitive processes. In my project, I investigate how Japanese and English speakers perform in non-linguistic tasks, and if any variance in their performance can be explained in terms of linguistic differences. Other academic interests include the evolution of the language capacity, as well as the cultural evolution of linguistic structure.


 

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Jinyun Sun   (Master’s program, G30 Linguistics and Cultural Studies)

Research project

Visual katakana word recognition: A case of Chinese-English-Japanese trilinguals

Keywords

bilingual processing, trilingual processing, word recognition

Message

Hello, this is SUN Jinyun. I am now on my way to be a psycholinguist. I am tired but happy.  Join us if you are also interested in this field



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Miki Ikuta   (Master’s program, Humanities)



Research project

Metaphor comprehension process in L1 and L2

Keywords

Interlanguage pragmatics, metaphor, figurative speech, English, French, Chinese (Mandarin)

Message

Before coming to this university, jumping into a scholar field seemed quite challenging, and now I admit, IT IS very challenging. Yet, learning something new is a lot of fun, and this environment makes my perspectives enriched more than ever before. For now, my research theme is Metaphor comprehension process in L1 and L2. If you are interested in anything mentioned above, feel free to talk to me.



Xue Wang   (Master’s program, Graduate School of Languages and Cultures)


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 Jiongyuan Fang  (Research student, Humanities)


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