At the Cognitive Science Laboratory we conduct research on the processing of language. Through a variety of experiments we analyze the comprehension of emotional language, hemisphere differences, and new methodologies like talk aloud procedures. Dr. Shears also has a research liaison with an adult rehabilitation program for survivors of acquired brain injury where she examines how brain injury disrupts these comprehension processes. Our laboratory has presented our research at several national and international conferences. Being a research assistant in the Cognitive Science Laboratory allows students the opportunity to learn how to conduct research, the importance research carries within psychology, and the skills necessary to ask and create their own research questions.