Current research in my laboratory investigates two-year-olds' knowledge and use
of language, second language learners' performance on similar tasks, native speakers'
performance on similar sentences with different tasks, the role of input in syntax
acquisition, gender differences in mathematics problem-solving. We are also
investigating what interventions work best in improving gender equity in different
types of organizations.
First and second language acquisition. In our work with two-year-olds
we tape and transcribe their spontaneous speech, ask them to imitate sentences, test
their memory of sentences, and ask them to understand sentences. In our work with
non-native adult speakers we perform similar studies; we also measure their ability
to read sentences presented very quickly on a computer screen (RSVP). In our work
with native adult speakers we perform RSVP experiments, various pencil-and-paper
experiments, and various problem-solving experiments.
Gender differences in math. We ask high school and college students
to solve math problems of various types, mental rotation problems, and inference
problems. All materials are computer-based.
Gender equity. We have various projects. One is to create web-based
tutorials using voice-over narration with slides. Another is to create "report cards"
rating science and humanities organizations according to their representation of women.
A third is to create manuals analyzing interventions to improve the status of women in