FIFTH FLOOR – Research & Collaboration
Primarily designated as research space, the 5th floor will enhance interdisciplinary collaborations across the College as well as enrich collaborations with our community partners. These critical research spaces will include industry-leading tools to enable Nursing and communication sciences and disorders faculty to move their research agenda forward and foster new collaborations with community partners. Special facilities will include audiology booths and a sleep lab for studies of language acquisition, hearing, and speech development. State-of-the-art areas will support Nursing research in symptom science, aging and chronic disease, public health, and diabetes research.
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Sleep Room Lab (available for naming)
This lab will be used to record fine-grained measures of sleep through polysomnography (PSG). This lab will allow us to examine the electrophysiological correlates of memory consolidation during sleep, and the effect of sleep on learning outcomes. The PSG equipment has the potential to double as a recording tool for event-related potentials (ERPs), that are often used in psycholinguistic research as task-independent indexes of spoken language processing.
Speech Language Acquisition & Multilingualism Lab (available for naming)
Investigates how infants and young children acquire language. In particular, how factors such as bilingualism, hearing loss, and environmental elements such as background noise play a role in children’s language learning. Since babies can’t yet communicate what they know or don’t know, the lab relies on methodologies such as eye-tracking to study children’s abilities.
Eye Tracker Lab (available for naming)
Dr. Verdolini aims to use eye tracking to measure attention in various voice tasks and in various phases of voice training.
The Sheng lab (Language Learning and Bilingualism Lab) is using the eye tracker to study how young children process sentences. Tracking children’s eye gaze allows a sensitive measurement of how children align what they see with what they hear and can be used in children who have limited verbal abilities.
Aging and Symptom Science Translational Lab (available for naming)
This lab focuses on examining biological, psychological, and social factors associated with a variety of symptoms (pain, mobility impairments, sleep, cognitive impairments), outcomes (falls, functional ability), and the promotion of healthy aging by using real-time locating system (RTLS) technologies, other activity monitors, physiological sensory nerve testing equipment (e.g., for pain) and sensorimotor tracking systems.