Dear Colleague:


I’m writing to ask for your help with a research study on interpreting. Specifically, I’m interested in your experiences with interpreting between your “A” language and your “B” language. I am asking interpreters to complete a short, on-line survey about this topic. The survey has 31 questions and takes approximately 10-12 minutes to complete.


I work as researcher in the Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience at San Diego State University in the U.S.  One focus of our research is the cognitive process of bilinguals who are working as interpreters. This survey will provide new perspectives about the role of language direction in interpreters’ work. We have completed the survey with signed language interpreters and we are now replicating it with interpreters who work in spoken languages.


Your participation in this study is voluntary and your responses will be anonymous. If you are willing to participate, it’s simple — just go to the website and begin! The website is:


There is no specific deadline for participation — I will be collecting responses over the next several months…so please, participate when you can. 


If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact me at You may also contact the director of the lab, Dr. Karen Emmorey at Finally, if you’re interested in learning more about the lab, please visit our website at


Thank you in advance for supporting this research project on the cognitive processes of interpreters. We couldn’t do it without you.




Brenda Nicodemus, Ph.D.

Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience (LLCN)

San Diego State University


p.s. Sometimes the people who participate in research never get to see the results. I’d like to change that. If you send me your email address, I will put you on a mailing list so that you get the survey results once they are compiled. Your email address and survey responses will remain completely anonymous. Just send an email to and put “Send Survey Results” in the subject line.


Thank you again!

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