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Child Language Laboratory

Lab Meetings: Wednesdays 1:00pm in Room 7400.15

Mission Statement

Our goal is to understand the nature and underlying causes of childhood language disorders with the long-term aim of developing improved approaches to assessment and intervention. We study language processing underlying speaking and understanding in children acquiring language typically and atypically. Included among the populations we study are monolingual and bilingual children with Developmental Language Disorders (also known as SLI) acquiring English and other languages (Japanese, Hebrew, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, and Thai), children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, children with Auditory Processing Disorders, and children who use cochlear implants. The laboratory consists of three areas: (1) Computer-based word and sentence processing for language production and comprehension, (2) Brain responses to spoken language, and (3) Eye tracking for language processing. The Word and Sentence Processing Area includes on-line and off-line computers, digital audio and video recorders, and specialized software that allows us to construct and administer language processing tasks for pre-school and school-aged children. The Electrophysiology Area includes a 128-channel Neuroscan and associated software to conduct studies of the brain bases of language processing. We also have Tobii Eye Trackers, which use eye-gaze and pupil size as measures of language processing. The laboratory has engaged in cooperative projects with the Eden II School and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Looking for children to become part of our research.

Laboratory Director:

Richard G. Schwartz, Ph.D. 
Presidential Professor
Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences,
Graduate School and University Center,
City University of New York,
365 Fifth Ave
New York, New York 10016-4309

Phone: 212-817-8804
Fax: 212-817-1537

Affiliated Labs & Research Centers


Developmental Neurolinguistics Laboratory  
City University of New York at the Graduate Center 
Director Dr. Valerie Shafer

Child Language Laboratory 
Lehman College
Director Dr. Liat Seiger

Cognition and Language Laboratory
City University of New York at the Graduate Center and Brooklyn College
Director Dr. Klara Marton

Professional Affiliations

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)