My research lab investigates issues concerning mind, music, and language.

Currently the lab is run remotely, so the methods we use include corpus research (using COCA, The Coronavirus Corpus, TV Corpus, Movie Corpus, etc.), crowd-sourcing research (using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk), and philosophical analysis. I have new Pupil Core eye-trackers that can be used for supervised research once studies with participants becomes safe and reasonable on campus again.

Participation in the lab is selective and voluntary. Members of the lab are united by our shared research interests and desire to publish high-quality scholarly research about issues concerning mind, music, and language. Current topics of interest include linguistic analyses of popular stand-up comedy performances, crowd-sourcing studies on the variable offensiveness of slurs based on social and contextual factors, and using the PERMA framework to understand how embodied practices (like music, dance, and martial arts) can contribute to psychological well-being.

To apply for a volunteer research position, you may email me (a) a statement of purpose discussing your interests in doing research in this lab (mention your topic of interest and method you would like to use), (b) an unofficial copy of your transcript (I’m mostly interested in grades for relevant coursework), and (c) a writing sample (your best paper from a college course will work).

Thanks for your interest in joining our lab.