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. The application deadline for the University of Illinois graduate program in Cognitive Psychology occurs yearly, in December. You can find information about the application process here.

If you are interested in undergraduate research experience (Psychology 290) positions in the lab, click here and fill out the application form. Opportunities for independent research projects (Psych 494) are also available if you have been a 290 in my lab for at least 2 consecutive semesters, and you approach me well in advance.


The Conversation Lab is located in room 163 of the Department of Psychology, 603 E Daniel St., Champaign, IL 61820.


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

Rachel Ryskin (graduate student)

Si On Yoon (graduate student)

Alison Trude (former graduate student, now a post-doc at the University of Chicago)

Nathan Couch (lab manager)


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.


You can also follow this link to my (in-progress) lab webpage:

The Conversation Lab, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.





Contact me through email.