Neuroscience of Language & Aging

Dr. Diaz and the Language and Aging lab are interested in how language changes across adulthood.
Most recently we have been examining age-related differences in language. Specifically, we want to
understand how the brain contributes to language behaviors that are stable across adulthood (e.g.,
vocabulary, knowledge, comprehension) as well as how the brain contributes to language behaviors
that decline with age (e.g., difficulties speaking, dysfluencies). We investigate these questions using
computer-based tasks, electrophysiology, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Campus(es): 
University Park
Work Setting(s): 
On campus, Remote
Area(s): 
Life Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Description of undergraduate’s responsibilities: 

Undergraduates are involved in a variety of tasks including: stimulis creation, data coding, data
analysis, running experiments, and MRI quality assurance.

Minimum Expectations: 

We are looking for motivated students with excellent problem solving, interpersonal, and
organizational skills. Applicants should have a willingness to learn and develop additional research
skills related to data collection and analysis. Previous research experience or experience with
programming or statistics is great, but not required. A 10-hour/week, 2-semester committment is
required.

Position Type(s): 
Credit, Volunteer
Keyword(s): 
neuroscience, psychology, language, aging
Posting Date: 
Monday, January 3, 2022
Last Updated: 
September 17, 2021
How to Contact: 

Interested students should submit an application: https://sites.psu.edu/mdiazlab/prospectivestudents/ Direct questions to languageaginglab@gmail.com