NTID Center on Cognition and Language

Dr Hauser presenting to group on the Deaf Studies Laboratory

Deaf Studies Laboratory

The Deaf Studies Laboratory (DSL) investigates how stigma about deaf people has an impact on those individuals’ education, health, and careers. With funding from NTID’s Office of the Associate Dean of Research, the DSL studies the effects of audism on Deaf individuals’ psychological well-being and health using a social cognitive measure of prejudice known as the implicit association test. In collaboration with another NTID strategic research center, REACH, the DSL is also investigating how stereotype threat effects deaf and hard of hearing students’ math abilities with a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Deaf x laboratory

The Deaf x Laboratory investigates how the Deaf experience (“x”) shapes cognition, including attention and the executive functions. With funding from NTID’s Office of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, the Deaf x Lab is using behavioral science tasks, electroencephalography, and eye tracking to understand the separate effects of language and hearing on cognition in adults and cognitive development in children. With funding from the National Science Foundation, the Deaf x Laboratory is also investigating how hearing levels and late exposure to language have an impact on temporal sequence processing in deaf schoolchildren. More information about the Deaf x Laboratory is available on their website.

Sign Language Laboratory

The Sign Language Laboratory investigates issues in sign language acquisition, educational interpreting, and sociolinguistics including language variation and language attitudes. With funding from NTID’s Office of the President, the laboratory is also developing new language competency measures to document hearing individuals’ learning of ASL as a second language. With funding from NTID’s Office of the Associate Dean of Research, the Sign Language Laboratory is conducting a longitudinal study on the cognitive benefits of learning a signed language. With funding from NTID’s Office of the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, the laboratory is studying the language and socio-cultural experiences of the African American Deaf community.

Deaf Health Laboratory

The Deaf Health Laboratory is committed to research in the deaf community on the following areas: preventive health, health literacy, health knowledge, and the deaf experience in health care. With funding from the NTID’s Office of the Associate Dean of Research, the Deaf Health Lab is investigating health literacy in age-related preventive health among deaf college students. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Deaf Health Lab is collaborating with the University of Michigan to investigate the mechanisms of health literacy in deaf people with a particular focus on learning how deaf people use and navigate websites to obtain health-related information.