Our lab, in conjunction with Carol Miller (Penn State University), is investigating how children learn to put sentences together in the way that their language requires. We are currently looking for preschoolers, between 3 and 6 years old, who speak only English, to participate in our study.

The study involves playing a language game for about 20-30 minutes. Each child who takes part in the study will watch some short videos with researchers in our Language Production Lab.  The children will be asked to remember the locations of some cartoon animals and people shown in the video.  We are interested in the way the children form sentences to describe the cartoon characters.

If you would like your child to participate in the study, please send an email to Prof. Heidi Lorimor at We will then contact you to schedule an appointment for you and your child to come into the Language Production Lab ( As a small “thank you”, you will be paid $5 for your participation in the experiment.

Please call either Carol Miller or Heidi Lorimor if you have any questions about the study. Prof. Miller’s number is 814-865-6213, and Prof. Lorimor’s number is 570-577-3780. You can also e-mail Prof. Miller at or Prof. Lorimor at

This study requires parent consent.  It has been approved by the Institutional Review Boards both at Penn State University and at Bucknell University.