Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory

Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory


Biotots: Pre-School Language Development

Calling all 3 and 4 year olds!

We are conducting a study on language, learning, and brain development in young children! In this longitudinal study, we will be tracking children as they learn to read by testing them once a year. Ultimately, we are interested in relating brain activity to how children learn to read and hear in challenging listening environments like noisy classrooms.


Who are we looking for?

  • Monolingual 3 and 4 year olds who do not have a history of seizures, autism spectrum disorders, or hearing loss



What will my child do during this study?

  • Undergo a brief hearing screening
  • Participate in games testing cognitive, memory, and pre-reading abilities
  • Play a drum as part of our rhythm investigation
  • Perform perceptual and attention tasks using an Ipad and computer
  • Watch movies while having their brainwaves monitored by safe, completely non-invasive sensors
  • Get paid $10 an hour for their time



Why should my child participate?

  • A uniquely-designed lab t-shirt upon completing the study
  • Free hearing screening
  • Learning about science along the way – we are used to fielding lots of questions from curious children and adults
  • A quarterly newsletter keeping you up to date on our current research and fun extras like recipes
  • The knowledge that you helped us find a way to better target speech and reading assistance to children who need it



I’m interested – now what?

  • If you are interested, please email or give us a call at 847-491-2457. A member of our team will give you more information
  • We will find a time that works best for you and your child – weekday or weekend
  • You will receive directions and parking information, along with a confirmation ~24 hours in advance
  • When you arrive, a member of our team will bring you a parking pass and we’ll begin

Ready to watch a movie!

Awesome t-shirts!

We're looking forward to meeting you!

See what we've been up to - we've made headlines!

Reading Slide Show

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Read Our Newsletters
Scientific American

Scientific American, September 23, 2014
I Got Rhythm, I Got Reading


NPR, July 21, 2015
The Test That Can Look Into A Child's (Reading) Future




Girl Drumming

Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory

(847) 491-2457

Nina Kraus, Ph.D.

Ann Bradlow, Ph.D.

Steve Zecker, Ph.D.

Research in the BIOtots project is supported by:

National Institutes of Health

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