Run Chen

Run  Chen
MIT EECS | CS+HASS Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
Advisors: Boris Katz
Suzanne Flynn
Department: MIT
Years: 2017-2018
Research Project Title:

Eye-Tracking Experiment on Reading Patterns of Non-Natives

abstract:The project utilizes eye movement patterns as an indication of parsing from linear streams into hierarchical structures. Fixation variables including landing sites and saccades disclose mental processing of English sentences in a multilingual brain. A uniformity in reading patterns across various languages and their writing systems will lead to a conclusion on constructive effects of L1 on L2 converging UG.

“I'm a Course 24 (Linguistics and Philosophy) and Course 6 (EECS) student, so this SuperUROP project is combining both my interests into one. I have been working with the eye-tracking group for a year and it is really fascinating. I am intrigued by the number of things that could be looked into.”