Language Science Station

Thursday, July 04, 2024 | 11:30 a.m.

$0 | 925 13th St., NW, Entrance on K Street

A joint program of the University of Maryland, Gallaudet University, and Howard University, the Language Science Station is a living laboratory that invites Planet Word visitors of all ages to contribute to language research and have conversations about language with language scientists.

Find Language Science Station researchers located on the third floor in the Spoken World gallery and on the second floor landing in front of our classrooms.

Ongoing studies include:

Word Island
Visitors play a game with other guests about survival on a deserted island.

Light Up Your Language Brain
Visitors listen to a series of short, 15-second stories while wearing a functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) headband to learn how brain activation patterns for processing language vary across people from different backgrounds.

Lost in Translation
Visitors play a language game to learn how they use information gleaned from imperfect AI translation to make decisions.

The Conversation Game
Visitors play a game to learn how people use context clues to predict where conversations are headed.

All Planet Word visitors are welcome to participate. Reserve a general admission pass in advance to ensure you get your preferred entrance time to the museum and have plenty of time to stop by the Language Science Station.