Welcome to the conversation lab page!

I am now recruiting graduate students for my lab. If you are interested in becoming a graduate student in the lab, please contact me via email.

If you are interested in undergraduate research experience positions in the lab, click here and fill out the application form. Opportunities for independent research projects are also available if you have worked in my lab for at least 2 consecutive semesters, and you approach me well in advance.


Alison Trude running an eye-tracking study

 Rachel Ryskin and Zhenghan Qi at CUNY 2017


Lab members:
Dr. Sarah Brown-Schmidt (director)

Shirley Roitberg (graduate student). Check out this video of Shirley talking about her work.

Nicole Craycraft (graduate student)

Rachel Ryskin (former graduate student, now a postdoc at MIT)

Si On Yoon (former graduate student, now a postdoc at the Beckman Institute)

Alison Trude (former graduate student, now a postdoc at JHU)



MATLAB code for running and analyzing experiments:
Most of our experiments are run using MATLAB along with the Psychophysics Toolbox (PTB-3), Brainard, 1997; Pelli, 1997. PTB-3 has what used to be known as the Eyelink toolbox built-in; this allows us to send commands to our eye-tracker from within MATLAB. I have designed some demo code that (1) runs a visual-world eye-tracking experiment, and (2) analyzes the data in Matlab.  To get started, download the zip-file here, and follow the instructions in the README file. This demo is meant to provide some basic ideas about how to get started programming in Matlab, and will most certainly have to be edited to meet your needs (to get rid of bugs, improve efficiency, etc.). I welcome any comments or feedback you have. 
I make no guarantees about the accuracy of the code, and guarantee there’s probably a better way to program the experiments than we’ve done here. 

We use EyeLink 1000 eye-trackers to monitor the eye movements of participants as they engage in dialog tasks. Our research focuses on the mechanisms that support language processing in everyday conversation. For a description of my research interests, please click on the research link.




Contact me through email.