Lab members should understand both the theory and empirical methods that fuel our research. By now, you've reviewed and acknowledged our lab policies.  Now it's important to read some of our key articles and get some methods under your belt.

Read these 

  • Language Tx (R01):  Our language treatment grant for Alzheimer's Disease and Semantic Variant PPA. [download research section here]
  • VLSM/Cognitive NeuropsychologyOur recent lesion mapping paper addressing embodied cognition. [download here]
  • Abstract-Concrete Words: Two recent articles describing our "topography" approach to abstract and concrete word representation. [paper1]  [paper2]
  • Dementia differential Dx:  Our recent review article describing differential diagnosis between many dementia subtypes. [download]

Learn human subjects confidentiality, & IRB guidelines

Most of our research involves human subjects. There are strict ethical guidelines for conducting human subjects research and protecting Private Healthcare Information (PHI). You must complete the following trainings. Send your training certificates to Jamie.

  • CITI Ethical Conduct in Human Subjects Research (specific modules below)
    • “Students conducting no more than minimal risk research”

    • “Health Information Privacy and Security (HIPS) for Students and Researchers”

  • HIPAA Compliance for Researchers

Learn these computer programs: 

  • E-Prime       We use this program to present stimuli, record demographics, and log response accuracies and latencies. Complete the tutorial first. Then program your own simple experiment. See Jamie for guidelines. 
  • R                  R is an exceptionally powerful statistical program that does beautiful plotting. Its functions are command line, so there is a steep learning curve.  The miracle of R is that it is free. Complete the R CodeSchool tutorial. and the GGPlot tutorial
  • Excel            I know that people rip on Microsoft, but Excel is a workhorse of a program. We use it all the time.  Learn the following functions: rand, concatenate, basic averaging, if/then conditional statements, cell anchoring, and macros.
  • Audacity       You are working in a speech and language lab. Did you think it would be possible to survive without learning how to operate a waveform editor?  
  • Photoshop    Our days of creating figures in Powerpoint are over. 

Learn how to conduct lit searches, annotate and organize libraries:

  • PubMed       Professors often assume that you are born with innate knowledge of how to conduct literature searches. This is not the case.  The most common database we use is PubMed.  It's got some trickiness to it.  After 15 years it often still thwarts me. Here's a tutorial on how to tame this beast.  
  • Mendeley      Free reference software? What's not to like?