• 24 Aug

  • Juhani Jarvikivi


STEP2021 – CCP Spring Training in Experimental Psycholinguistics

Advancing the methodological skills and conceptual prowess of students of linguistics and psycholinguistics since 2014.

The Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics (CCP, University of Alberta Department of Linguistics) organizes a week long Spring Training Workshop in current issues and methods in psycholinguistics. This 8th STEP will take place virtually from Edmonton, Alberta, May 10 – 21, 2021. All events are free of charge.

The Spring School is directed at postdoctoral fellows, graduate and advanced undergraduate students, and anyone else interested in learning how to turn their research ideas into concrete steps towards experimental designs, data collection and analysis using advanced experimental and statistical methods.


Corpus-linguistic text processing with RStefan Th. Gries (UC Santa Barbara & JLU Giessen) **Note that this course begins on April 20th** 

An introduction to data analysis with the generalized additive model R. Harald Baayen, Yu-Ying Chuang, and Peter Hendrix (Tuebingen/Tilberg)

An introduction to vector space morphology and morphological processing using linear discriminative learning (LDL)R. Harald Baayen, Yu-Ying Chuang, Xuefeng Luo, Maria Heitmeier, and Elnaz Shafael-Bajestan (Tuebingen)

Psycholinguistic applications of NLP method for analyzing free-form textsAki-Juhani Kyröläinen (McMaster) – max. 25 seats

Communication: An in-the-body experience – Jennifer Hinnell (UBC) and Elena Nicoladis (Alberta)


Talks and Info Sessions

Natural Language Processing to manage harmful content online – Maite Taboada (Simon Fraser)

How can EEG/ERPs be helpful in psycholinguistic research?Sid Segalowitz (Brock)

Cognitively constrained models of pronoun processing – Margreet Vogelzang (Cambridge)

Written language production as a window to the mindGary Libben (Brock)

If you missed the talks and are interested in seeing a recording, you can request access here:

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In the months prior to STEP we are planning to offer a series of virtual tutorials in psycholinguistics methods.  If you missed one and would like to watch a recording, you can request access to any of our babySTEP videos by filling out short form:

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Tutorial 1a: jsPsych Overview

We would like to welcome Dr. Josh de Leeuw (Vassar) as the first instructor.  Dr. de Leeuw is the creator of jsPsych, a software tool for designing Internet-based behavioural experiments.  His research is focused on the development and application of Internet-based tools for the study of human cognition.

This 90 minute session will provide a general overview of jsPsych, and walk students through the process of designing an online behavioural study using auditory stimuli.  jsPsych experiments are created using plugins, which are ready made templates for experimental tasks such as displaying instructions and collecting keyboard responses.  These plugins are added to an experimental timeline which provides the framework of the script. Researchers can use the 30+ existing plugins, create their own plugins, or modify existing plugins, allowing full control over the experiment design. Researchers then host their experiment script on a server and advertise their study via Mechanical Turk, SONA or other method of distribution. Although some knowledge of JavaScript is helpful, students in this session are not required to have any background in programming.  We hope this tutorial will be helpful to anyone moving to remote experimentation during the pandemic.

When: January 18, 9:00 – 10:30am MST (GMT-7)

Where: Zoom


Tutorial 1b: jsPsych Q and A

This 90 minute tutorial is for those who took part in session 1a who have specific questions for Dr. de Leeuw.  We will be accepting registrations and questions until January 28.  Please submit your questions to ccpling with the subject header “jspsych question.”  Dr. de Leeuw will address as many of the questions as he is able to in the 90 minute session, with priority given to the most common issues.

When: February 1, 9:00 -10:30am MST (GMT-7)

Where: Zoom


Gesture Panel

We are excited to announce a Panel Discussion organized and emceed by Drs. Jennifer Hinnell (UBC) and Elena Nicoladis (Alberta) on the state-of-the-art (present) and future of the research on (the relationship between) speech and gestures:

Gale Stam – Professor Emerita, National Louis University

Kensy Cooperrider – Cognitive scientist, affiliated researcher Department of Psychology, University of Chicago

Olga Capirci – Research Director at Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council (Italy)

Simone Pika – Head of the Comparative BioCognition Group, Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrück

Seyda Ozcaliskan – Center for Research on Atypical Development and Learning, Georgia State University

Sandra Debreslioska – Researcher, Humanities Lab, Lund University

Panelists will each address the questions “What’s the relationship between speech and gesture?” and  “What do you suspect about gestures but don’t (yet) have convincing evidence for?” This will be followed by 30 minutes of discussion.  We will be providing ASL interpreters for this session from Deaf and Hear Alberta.

When: March 5,  9:00 – 10:30 am MST (GMT-7)

Where: Zoom


PCIbex Q & A

As a follow-up to the PCIbex workshop (register here to receive Zoom link) at the 34th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, we are pleased to announce a Q & A session with Drs. Florian Schwartz and Jérémy ZehrPCIbex is a free and open-source platform for designing, implementing and hosting online experiments, of use to anyone collecting behavioural experimental data in the cognitive sciences and beyond. This session will expand upon some more advanced functionalities, including audio and video recording as well as the integration of the WebGazer API for eye tracking.  Questions are to be submitted in advance, and there is a space for this on the registration form (see below).

More information about PCIbex

When: March 12, 9:00 – 11:00am MST (GMT-7)

Where: Zoom


STEP2021 is supported by: