|The creepy basement, where music and laundry |
occur. Also the only picture I took today.
I could talk for hours about the amazing content that we covered in class today about language development, because that was absolutely incredible. We looked at how humans learn, develop, and interpret language, which lead us into studies of animals who learned language and humans who did not. I enjoyed this section almost as much as social cognition because language is another thing that is hugely important to my everyday experience.
My favorite activity was taking a test designed by psychologists and linguists to study how people figure out word patterns in speech. This fake language was comprised of seemingly arbitrary syllables arranged next to each other, but with carefully designed statistical probabilities and rules unknown to the listener. After listening to the seemingly random tape for several minutes, we were asked to determine if specific groups were possible words in the language. Somehow, this was actually an achievable task! It was a little mind blowing and let me know how far people have come in understanding speech.
We got the evening off because the groups for our final project had to meet with our professor individually. I tried my best to be productive (do laundry, tidy up my dorm, get started on the homework) and even ended up playing the piano for a while! After that ended up going to the lounge to play cards and watch Mean Girls. What a night, One of the highlights of the day was seeing Ms. Scott, even if it was only briefly, for the first time after being dropped off. Here's to an exciting weekend in Chicago!
|The ILCers reunited. Thanks for the picture, Ernestina!|