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Lab Manual

The goals of the Speech Acquisition Lab are to (1) advance research on the acquisition of second languages, specifically the sound systems of second languages; and (2) to provide training opportunities for students interested in pursuing research in this and related areas.

  • Attend lab meetings (as frequently as reasonably possible)

  • Keep study notebooks up-to-date and in the Lab AT ALL TIMES

  • Follow all procedures laid out in experiment protocols and keep careful notes about running subjects on the subject log

  • Protect the privacy and other rights of study participants

  • Treat study participants, other visitors, and colleagues with respect

  • Keep the online lab calendar and Sona up-to-date with the times you plan to use the lab and the equipment

  • Keep the Lab locked AT ALL TIMES when you are not in the room; do not prop the Lab door open when you are not in the Lab

  • Do not allow people who are not lab members to be in the lab when you are not present

  • Protect all lab passwords, logins, copy codes, and any other related information

  • Do not download dangerous/questionable files and/or applications onto lab computers
  • Be very careful about the content of materials you use Lab computers to create and/or view
  • ALWAYS BACK UP EVERYTHING following the study protocol!!!
  • NEVER run a subject (or even set up an appointment) before making sure that all parts of the experiment work correctly

Lab Coordinator

Graduate student who oversees the day-to-day operation of the Lab, works in the Lab regularly, and is the contact person when Rachel is not available. The Lab Coordinator has priority over use of the corner computer in the Lab. Others may use the computer when the Lab Coordinator is not present and the other computers are not free, but they must respect the Lab Coordinator’s time and space.

  • Keeps the Lab “professional-looking”
  • Maintains the Lab shopping list
  • Reminds Lab members of Lab rules when appropriate

Master of the Calendar

  • Checks the online calendar twice weekly for scheduling conflicts
  • Posts information about lab meetings, abstract deadlines, colloquia, etc. on the calendar
  • Keep calendar membership up-to-date
  • Update lab ‘events’ and ‘announcements’ blogs (for web page)
  • Makes sure that Lab members’ birthdays and graduations are acknowledged!!!


  • Keeps track of computer equipment in labs, makes sure printer has enough ink and paper, etc.
  • Tells the Lab Coordinator what supplies and equipment are needed

Lab members are expected to approach ethical issues that arise in the research process with care and thoughtfulness. There are not always black-and-white solutions to ethical issues; however, this does not mean that all possible solutions are acceptable. A critical part of your training as a researcher is learning how to navigate through ‘ethical gray areas’ and arrive at your ‘right’ solution.

Issues that can and do arise

  • Protecting the privacy of study subjects.
  • Statistical power and the number of subjects needed for a study.
  • Dealing with outliers in data; making decisions about subjects to exclude.
  • Issues associated with subject recruitment.
  • Choosing appropriate statistical tests.
  • Making mistakes, and how to fix them (e.g., data collection, stimulus development, etc.). Please note: While we take measures to avoid them, mistakes happen. It is acceptable to make mistakes. It is NOT acceptable to cover up mistakes.
  • Accept the emailed invitation to create a Wunderlist account.
  • In Wunderlist, create a To-Do: "[your name] Onboarding" with a due date in two weeks
  • Add the following subtasks for you to complete (check off when done):
    • Complete Human Subjects Certificate (CITI certificate) ASAP - Attach to the To-Do—visit to complete the training
    • Create ERICA Account ASAP - Create an ERICA account and upload your human subjects training certificate. If you create an ERICA account after completing CITI certification, it should automatically upload your certificate within 24 hours. If you create an ERICA account before completing certification or if it is not showing up within 24 hours, email irb@hsc.utah.edu
    • Complete the conflict of interest form in ERICA ASAP
    • Recent photo Upload a recent photo to the Wunderlist To-Do for posting on the lab website
    • Birthday, cell number, UNID, preferred email address - Type these in the Notes section of the To-Do
    • Photo of the BACK of your UCard - Attach to the To-Do—we will use this to get you key access to the Lab
    • Gmail address - Type in the Notes section—if you have one; otherwise we will give you access to the Lab’s gmail calendar access using your UMail address
    • UBox Go to to create a UBox account with your UNID
    • Lab manual - Go to and study the Lab Manual carefully. You need to be familiar in particular with the parts concerning Lab Rules and Running Subjects before being trained to run subjects.
  1. Add the following additional subtasks for the lab directors to complete:
  • UCard key access requested - For access to the speech lab
  • Saved CITI certificate
  • Added to Speech Lab Box folder
  • Added to Lab gmail calendars
  • Added to istserv - Email list for the speech lab
  • Added to IRB personnel
  • Lab training
  • Observation by Lab Director
  • Sona account
  • Welcome post on website
  • Birthday on calendar
  • Added to "People" page on website
Last Updated: 10/24/19