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An RIT/NTID Center of Excellence for Students Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Language, Cognition, and Learning

The use of sign language and spoken language are both appropriate for use in education, but they are not equivalent. In particular, the different language modalities are related to different cognitive abilities, perhaps both quantitatively and qualitatively. This project is exploring relations among sign language versus spoken language use, visual-spatial and other cognitive abilities, and learning from different sources. Deaf students with and without cochlear implants and hearing students with and without sign language expertise are involved.