Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Get Paid to Participate in Research! Check Out These Opportunities!

Arabic Students: Make $25, Participate in Research

The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) is interested in studying how learners of Arabic perceive speech sounds in Arabic. We are looking for college students who are currently taking or have recently completed Arabic courses at the beginning or intermediate level to participate in a study. Participants should be enrolled or have recently completed at least one year of Arabic, be at least 18 years of age, not be native or heritage speakers of Arabic, and not have a known history of speech language pathology or hearing loss.

They will participate in 1 session lasting on average 1.5 hours. The experiment will involve filling out a language history questionnaire and transcription of a series of Arabic words and non-words that will be played for participants. Participants will be paid $25 upon completion of the task, with two chances to win a $50 iTunes gift card. If interested, please send an email to


Study on Attention and Switching Between Tasks

Participants are needed for a study on task-switching!

We are recruiting participants for a research study examining the role of attention when switching between different simple tasks. Participants will complete a series of computerized tasks during a 1-hour session.

You will be compensated $20 for your participation. Open to US citizens between 18 and 30 years old.

To sign up and for more information, please visit the “Attention and switching between tasks” study:

With questions, please contact us at:; 301-226-8939


Are You a Native Speaker of Arabic? Or Are You a Native English Speaker Who Has Studied Arabic?

Researchers at the University of Maryland are looking for volunteers to participate in a language study. The study compares how first and second language learners of Arabic understand Arabic words.

The study takes no more than 1.5 hours in total. Participants will listen to spoken Arabic words, then see strings of Arabic letters on a laptop screen, and decide whether each string is a real word in Arabic. Participants will also complete a fill-in-the-blank quiz, and answer a questionnaire about their language-learning experiences. Research participants must be native speakers of Arabic or English, be at least 18 years of age, and have good reading and listening skills in Arabic.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Freynik at