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Brookline Patch Column: Muffin, Squeaker, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here

Last month, gnomi and I took Muffin and Squeaker to the Boston University Child Language Lab. We had heard that they were looking for subjects for studies, and so we signed up to be alerted in case they had a study that was right for Muffin and Squeaker.

As Nomi and I are fascinated by language, and interested in publicizing the work that the lab does, I decided to write about our experience. This week, my The Brookline Parent column for Brookline Patch is about our visit. For the first time, our column includes video as well as pictures, as the lab graciously allowed us to post the calibration videos, so readers can see how they tracked Muffin and Squeaker's eye movements during the study.

If you go read Muffin, Squeaker, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here you'll find out what it's like to take your kids to their lab, and why you should consider doing so if you have pre-school age children and live in the area. If nothing else, your kids will each get a gift at the end.

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Neat! Do you know what days/times the lab makes appointments?

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The other reason they blindfold the adult in studies like these is so that the adult can't see the possible answers and influence the child's answer (e.g. by subconsciously moving toward the side that they know is correct, as with Clever Hans).
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