Michael Stoop

Michael Stoop
Mentor: Dr. Lori Altmann
College of Public Health and Health Professions
"I became involved with research through the generosity of Dr. Altmann, who offered me a place in her lab so that I could learn more about the field I had just entered, Linguistics. Research has helped me see abstract concepts, and even abstract descriptions of research projects, in concrete practice. It has also given me a constructive place to use the knowledge that I've gained in my classes, and a more realistic understanding of where that knowledge comes from. I thank Dr. A for giving me access to all this."




TESL, English, and Chinese

Research Interests

  • Language and Cognition
  • Awareness
  • Metacognition

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program




  • Language Over the Lifespan Lab

Hobbies and Interests

  • Creative Writing; Poetry
  • Graphic Design

Research Description

Awareness of Speech Errors and Executive Function

We modified a classic research paradigm used to generate spoonerisms, or speech errors created when the corresponding parts of two words are switched (ex: "soul rock" misspoken as "roll sock"). Through this altered design, we can tell if spoonerisms were made with or without awareness by participants. The results of this experiment will then be compared with the results of a battery of other tests, including tests of Executive Function, as well as tests of Working Memory and Vigilant Attention. Through this experiment, we hope to gain some insight into both what causes speech errors, and then what causes to people to be unaware of them.