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Deaf Studies

Deaf Studies

With the goal of understanding the ways in which neural and perceptual processing are altered by early sensory input, we work with deaf people and hearing children of deaf adults (CODAs).  Deaf people differ from hearing people in two important ways: 1) deaf people lack auditory input and/or 2) deaf people use a visual-manual language (American Sign Language).  This work is in collaboration with Rain Bosworth Ph.D. and Sarah Tyler Ph.D., and funded by NSF and NIH.

Current projects include:

1) Development in Deaf Individuals.  These studies use perceptual and eye tracking methods to investigate visual-cognitive abilities in deaf people, starting with infants who are born deaf.

2) The Effects of Cochlear Implants.  With cochlear implants on the rise, we study how receiving a cochlear implant alters the course of visual and auditory development.

3) The Effects of Learning Sign Language.  In hearing people who are late learners of ASL, we are interested in how learning a visual language affects one’s awareness of his/her body, something referred to as “interoception” (see more about Interoception, below).

If you are interested in this deaf research, please email: