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, speech therapy is not appropriate because improving speech production is not a realistic goal 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/pencil, with guidance from a research assistant, and will be administered in the FSU MSDLab, located in Room 506 of the Warren Building (201 W. Bloxham St. Tallahassee, FL, 32301).


The duration of the experiment will be between 1 - 2 hours and you will receive a $20 Amazon 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...

  • All surfaces will be thoroughly sanitized between each participant (including air purification)

  • Upon arrival, participants will be given a COVID-19 questionnaire and temperature screenings will be administered

  • Hand sanitizer will be provided upon entering the building and gloves will also be provided (if desired)

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

  • The research assistant will remain physically distant during data collection, per CDC guidelines, unless troubleshooting is necessary

  • Mask-wearing while in the Warren building and the MSDLab is mandatory.


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Have Questions?

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