The chatter lab investigates the cognition of everyday human language. We explore how communicative needs impact the ways in which language is learned and used by both children and adults. To that end, we employ experimental and observational methods in multiple sites around the world to analyze the production and comprehension of conversational language.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Marisa Casillas

The chatter lab is part of the Comparative Human Development department at the University of Chicago.

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Check out these poster presentations of lab-related work from Bram Peute, Imme Lammertink, and Camila Scaff. All three scholars presented their work at MPaL 2020 (each video has captions in English).

Interested in participating? Check out our open positions or get in touch!

The chatter lab is founded on the principle that diversity in everyday language use is key to the study of human language cognition. We welcome opportunities to work with scholars from all walks of life, and particularly encourage those coming from marginalized groups to reach out if interested in working with the lab.

Our lab at the University of Chicago is located on the traditional homelands of the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi nations.