Neurolinguistics Lab Centre for Research and Enterprise in Language (CREL)

Research is conducted in the Neurolinguistics Lab to explore cognitive and psycholinguistics processes in second language acquisition. Researchers investigate how L2 learners process, accommodate and access different aspects of a second language. The data collection procedures employed in the Lab make use of eye tracking procedures, computerised psychological and cognitive tasks, Super-lab and EEG.

Main Features

Unlike other laboratories, the Neurolinguistics Lab is specialised in factorising properly the independent variables that can be connected to second language pedagogy. Among these (mostly dichotomic) variables, we focus on explicit vs implicit teaching, presence vs absence of feedback, kind of feedback (recast vs. prompt), immersion vs college-based educational environment, massed vs. spaced presentation. Our job is also aimed at providing a psycho- and neurolinguistic testing ground for developmental theories such as Processing Instruction theory, Processability Theory, usage-based approaches, theories of automnatisation etc.

Scientific Mission

Our lab focuses on empirical research exploring cognitive and psycholinguistic processes at the interface between Second Language Acquisition and L2 teaching. We adopt multiple approaches of online measures including Eye-tracking, Reaction Times, EEG, etc. These online measures help us to understand the cognitive development in SLA and the cognitive architecture primarily as a result of pedagogical intervention (also compared to the absence of any kind of intervention).

Facilities 

Tobii-350 Eye-tracker
EEG systems
Super-Lab