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Press Release 11-259

Gallaudet University Opens New Brain and Language Laboratory

Laboratory advances understanding of human capacity for language communication

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The centerpiece of Gallaudet University's new Brain and Language Laboratory is a functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy that tracks movement of blood in the brain in reaction to different stimuli. Among other aspects of language learning, researchers will use it to study the acquisition and neural processing of American Sign Language, the optimal conditions for bilingual language development, the effects of early bilingual language exposure on the developing brain and its functions.

Credit: Matthew Vita, Gallaudet University


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Image of a young woman being prepared by a researcher for a brain imaging system.

Researchers at Gallaudet University will use one of the world's most advanced brain imaging systems, a functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy, and other equipment to investigate the ways that the age of first bilingual language exposure can both impact and benefit the brain's neural circuitry for language and higher cognition, and how young monolingual and bilingual children develop the capacity of reading.

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Laura-Ann Petitto shows Soo-Siang Lim around the new BL2 laboratory.

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