About the CAT Lab

 

The Communication, Acquisition, and Translational Studies Laboratory (CAT Lab) studies how infants and young children learn how to speak and understand language, looking at how babies begin to produce their first words and sentences and how they learn new words. Many of our studies look at the role of the melody and rhythm of speech (called prosody) at different stages in development, and how these early language processes impact successful communication. Critically, our research also explores how language acquisition processes may vary in children with autism spectrum disorders and children with motor speech disorders like childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). This work aids in earlier diagnosis and improved assessment and intervention.To learn more about what we do, browse our website and feel free to fill out our participation form to hear about opportunities to partake in our research studies!

STUDIES HAVE RESTARTED! After a hiatus due to COVID-19, the CAT Lab is officially back open with safety protocols in place. All studies on campus require all indidividuals to use a mask. Distancing will be possible during most studies as well. Please email us at cat.lab@unh.edu if you have any questions.

 

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    CAT Lab Members

    Spring 2021

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    CAT Lab Members

    Fall 2020

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    We look forward to resuming our search for toddler scientists to participate in our eye-tracking study!

    For more information, please refer to the APPL Study under the Projects tab. We would love to meet you and your child!

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    CAT Lab Members

    Spring 2020

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    Rachel & Dr. Thorson after Rachel successfully defended her Master's Thesis.

    Congratulations, Rachel!

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    CAT Lab Members

    Fall 2019

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    Project ACME at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire in Dover hopes to resume shortly!

    For more information, please refer to the Projects tab.

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    CAT Lab Members

    Spring 2019

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    New Hampshire Speech-Language-Hearing Association Conference

    CATLab Members presenting their research at the 2019 NHSLHA Conference.

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    CAT Lab Members

    Fall 2018

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    Cat Lab Members

    Spring 2018