We are currently inviting children ages 4 to 10 and adults ages 19 to 29 to participate in our studies. Participants should have normal hearing. Participants who wear glasses or contact lenses should wear them to their appointment. To sign you or your child up to participate, please complete the online research participation form or contact our lab directly:

Working Memory and Language Laboratory
Phone: 531-355-5680

Directions and Parking

Boys Town National Research Hospital
555 N. 30th Street
Omaha, NE 68131

The Working Memory and Language Lab is located on the 3rd floor near the pediatric eye clinic.

Your research appointment will take place at Boys Town National Research Hospital, located at the intersection of 30th & Cass St. The hospital has a parking area (South Patient Lot) directly east of the building. Enter the double doors near the Security office. Please follow the hallway to the left and go to the elevators. Take the elevator to the second floor. Once you get off the elevator, take a left and walk straight until you get to another elevator (on the left past the clinic check-in desk). Take the elevator to the third floor and take a left. Follow the signs for the pediatric eye clinic. Enter the waiting room and follow the signs to the phone and call *5680. 

Parking Map

When you arrive

A research staff member will greet you at the door and escort you to the lab. The staff member will explain the study and answer any questions you may have. You and your child will be given a form to formally consent to participate in the study.

Please note that a parent or legal guardian must accompany child participants to their research appointment.

During the visit

Participants will be given a hearing and vision screening. Some participants may receive additional language and neurocognitive testing. The length of the visit varies, but tend to be 1-2 hours. Participants will be given frequent breaks.

During the study, participants will be asked to remember numbers, words, or pictures. Your child may be asked to listen to sounds through headphones. We are also incorporating novel measures, such as surface electromyography and respiration rate, as physiological indicators of silent self-talk. Some participants may wear stickers on their neck and face that let us measure muscle movement.

We have a waiting room with toys where parents/guardians may supervise and entertain any other young guests (e.g. your child's siblings) who may need to accompany you to the appointment.

After the visit

When we are done, participants will be compensated for their time. Our child participants will also get to pick out a small prize. Some participants will be offered the opportunity to return for a follow-up visit.

Thank you for participating in research at Boys Town National Research Hospital!