In the UTSC Linguistics Laboratory, we are fundamentally interested in how humans process linguistic content, specifically, speech sounds and words. To this end, we use two primary modes of data collection: Electroencephalography (EEG) and behavioural perception experiments. The UTSC Linguistics Laboratory is located in the basement of the Science Wing (SW132).
The electroencephalography (EEG) laboratory in the UTSC Linguistics Laboratory houses a Brain Products GmbH (Gilching, Germany) actiCHamp 32-channel EEG system. EEG allows for the measurement of brain activity in real time in healthy individuals. Techniques like EEG provide us with a window into how we, as humans, perceive the world and process sensory stimulation. EEG boasts extraordinarily fine temporal resolution, meaning that it is theoretically possible to obtain a millisecond-by-millisecond view of what is happening in the brain. All of this is possible even without requiring our participants to make overt judgments or push buttons in response to stimuli.
The behavioural laboratory in the UTSC Linguistics Laboratory hosts facilities to conduct both perception and production experiments, including high-quality audio equipment. These experiments provide insight in the dynamics of perception and the representations and processes that underlie our ability to perceive spoken and written language.