Julia G. – BASIS Peoria

BASIS Peoria Senior Julia G.

Let's Talk About It: Understanding the Science Behind Speech and Language

Project/blog link: Let's Talk About It: Understanding the Science Behind Speech and Language
BASIS Advisor: Mrs. Hagerman
Internship location: Arizona State University Tempe
Onsite Mentor: Dr. Shelley Gray and Dr. Beate Peter, Professor

Project Abstract

The average child learns to speak with little effort on the parents’ part, but what really influences a child’s acquisition of language? Through analysis of children’s performance in a computer game, my project tests the links between working memory and language acquisition. Reaction time, word learning, and association abilities were tested to gain insight into how other functions of the brain relate to speech and language. This research can create more effective schooling systems and instruct teachers on how to structure lessons that complement a child’s working memory and language learning abilities.

Let's Talk About It: Understanding the Science Behind Speech and Language