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Keyboard and Mouse

Ongoing Research Conducted in the MSDLab at FSU

Here's some information on what we're working on and how interested participants can help!

What is the project about?

Individuals with dysarthria, a motor speech disorder arising from neurological disease or damage, are often difficult to understand. Traditionally such intelligibility disorders are treated with speech therapy, in which a speaker learns how to produce speech that is easier to understand. However, for many individuals with dysarthria, improving intelligibility through speech therapy is often difficult due to the nature of their underlying neurological condition. 


The goal of this research project is to examine the role of the listener to see if we can improve their understanding of dysarthric speech using perceptual training.

What is expected of participants?

Participation in this project will include completion of a variety of perceptual and cognitive tasks and a couple of short surveys. The tasks will be administered via computer, iPad, or paper and pencil. Participants must be able to type short phrases on a keyboard. A research assistant will guide participants through research tasks in the FSU MSDLab which is located in Room 506 of the Warren Building (201 W. Bloxham St. Tallahassee, FL, 32301).


The duration of the experiment will be between 1.25 and 2 hours and participants will receive a $50 gift card as compensation for participating. 

COVID-19 Precautions & Procedures 

Due to the current pandemic, we will be taking extra precautions to keep our participants safe...

  • In accordance with FSU's policies, participants are no longer expected to wear masks while in the FSU MSDLab and Warren building.

  • Participants and research assistants will socially distance at the MSDLab.

  • Hand sanitizer and gloves will be provided if desired at the MSDLab.

  • All high-touch surfaces will be thoroughly sanitized between each participant and the entire lab will be cleaned each day.

  • Elevators are limited to two-person capacity (if a participant is uncomfortable sharing an elevator, they may ride alone).

About Task


Sign up to participate!


We are looking for participants who are native speakers of English between the ages of 60 and 80 and able to type short phrases on a keyboard. Participants will receive a $50 gift card for participating. You can click here to learn more about the tasks you will complete in our study.


If you are ready to sign up, you can do so at the calendar below. You can find instructions for scheduling an online appointment here. If you would rather have a team member help you set up an appointment, you can email and we will respond with our current availability. 

Important Note About Scheduling Appointments:

Some of our participants have had trouble scheduling appointments through the calendar below. If your appointment is scheduled correctly, you should receive an email from If you do not receive an email from that address, it means that we cannot see your appointment on our books. If you do not receive an email within an hour of scheduling, please contact and we will address the issue. Please note that our calendar will not save your appointment until you click the "Schedule Event" button. The "Schedule Event" button will be at the bottom of the window where you enter your email address. It will look like this:

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You can find instructions for scheduling an online appointment hereIf you have trouble scheduling an appointment, please contact us at We would be glad to help!


Have Questions?

If you have questions about participation in research, we would love to hear from you. Please reach out to us!

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