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Rain Bosworth

Associate Professor

Department of Liberal Studies
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

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Rain Bosworth

Associate Professor

Department of Liberal Studies
National Technical Institute for the Deaf


Video Bio

Dr. Rain Bosworth is an associate professor in Department of Liberal Studies at RIT/NTID.  She is a deaf experimental psychologist, studying development of perception and language in infants and children at the newly-founded Perception, Language and Attention in Youth (PLAY) Lab. For her doctoral degree at the University of California, San Diego, she studied visual motion processing and attention in deaf adults, to better understand how deafness and sign language experience impact perceptual abilities. She is currently investigating visual and tactile exploratory behaviors in infants, children and adults to address questions about how we learn and process sign language.  She has also studied how easily visual abilities are recovered in children who were treated for congenital eye disorders. Together, these lines of research reveal how early sensory input shapes perception, cognition, and language processing.  Dr. Bosworth teaches Intro to Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Biopsychology, and Research Methods.

Her video bio can be viewed here.  

More information on how parents can enroll in her Exploratory Behaviors Museum Study at the Strong Museum of Play can be found here

I am currently recruiting a postdoctoral fellow and graduate students for the new RIT Cognitive Science program

Areas of Expertise

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Journal Paper
Bosworth, Rain G, So-One Hwang, and David Corina. "Visual attention for linguistic and non-linguistic body actions in non-signing and native signing children." Frontiers in Psychology 9. (2022): 951057. Print.
Bosworth, Rain G. and Adam Stone. "Rapid development of perceptual gaze control in hearing native signing Infants and children." Developmental Science e13086. (2021): 1-17. Web.
Bosworth, Rain G., et al. "Automaticity of lexical access in deaf and hearing bilinguals: Cross-linguistic evidence from the color Stroop task across five languages." Cognition. (2021): 1-22. Web.
Bosworth, Rain G., Adam Stone, and So-One Hwang. "Effects of Video Reversal on Gaze Patterns during Signed Narrative Comprehension." Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education 25. 3 (2020): enaa007. Web.
Bosworth, Rain G., Charles E. Wright, and Karen R. Dobkins. "Analysis of the visual spatiotemporal properties of American Sign Language." Vision Research 164. (2019): 34-43. Web.
Stone, Adam and Rain G. Bosworth. "Exploring Infant Sensitivity to Visual Language using Eye Tracking and the Preferential Looking Paradigm." Journal of Visualized Experiments 147. (2019): e59581. Web.
Stone, Adam, Laura-Ann Petitto, and Rain Bosworth. "Visual sonority modulates infants’ attraction to sign language." Language Learning and Development 14. 2 (2018): 130-148. Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Bosworth, Rain G. "Plasticity in a language-ready brain: complementary evidence from developmental deafness, blindness, and varied language experience across modalities." Society for Neurobiology of Language. Society for Neurobiology of Language. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 6 Oct. 2022. Conference Presentation.
Published Conference Proceedings
Bosworth, Rain G., et al. "Automaticity of Visual Word & Sign Processing in Deaf Bilinguals: Evidence from the Stroop Task." Proceedings of the Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research. Ed. Annika Herrmann, et al. Hamburg, Germany: TISLR, 2019. Web.
Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation or Conference Paper
Marin, Andrew, Karen R. Dobkins, and Rain G. Bosworth. "Development of Face Discrimination in Infancy: An Eye Tracking Study." Proceedings of the Vision Science Society. Ed. VSS. St. Pete Beach, Florida: https://jov.arvojournals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2750376.
Stone, Adam and Rain G. Bosworth. "Where do the eyes look during sign-watching? The impact of early language experience on babies’ and children’s eye gaze behavior for signed narratives." Proceedings of the International Conference on Sign Language Acquisition. Ed. ICSLA. Istanbul, Turkey: n.p..
Tyler, Sarah C., Rain G. Bosworth, and Karen R. Dobkins. "Development of temporal order attention in children 6-36 months old." Proceedings of the Society for Research in Child Development. Ed. SRCD. Austin, Texas: n.p..

Currently Teaching

3 Credits
This course will introduce students to quantitative methods used within the social sciences to answer research questions. Students will learn how to conduct culturally appropriate research with deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) individuals and Deaf communities and organizations. Students will learn about how to define and measure variables of interest, design surveys and other types of research studies, analyze the data collected, report outcomes, manage data safely, and conduct ethically responsible and culturally authentic research.
1 - 4 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed student research project at the undergraduate level. The research will entail an in-depth study in the discipline that could be considered of an original nature. Enrollment in this course requires permission from the Department Chair and completion of the NTID Undergraduate Research Contract.
3 Credits
Introduction to the field of psychology. Provides a survey of basic concepts, theories, and research methods. Topics include: thinking critically with psychological science; neuroscience and behavior; sensation and perception; learning; memory; thinking, language, and intelligence; motivation and emotion; personality; psychological disorders and therapy; and social psychology.
3 Credits
This course examines how people perceive, learn, represent, remember and use information. Contemporary theory and research are surveyed in such areas as attention, pattern and object recognition, memory, knowledge representation, language acquisition and use, reasoning, decision making, problem solving, creativity, and intelligence. Applications in artificial intelligence and human/technology interaction may also be considered.
3 Credits
This course explores the process of human development, from conception through adolescence and continuing through later adulthood. The developmental approach integrates across many areas of psychology, including perception, cognition, social and emotional development, personality, morality, human factors, and neuroscience. Topics will include such things as infant brain plasticity, the development of identity in adolescence, and memory changes in adulthood. In addition, experimental methods of developmental research will be introduced and practiced, including issues specific to studying children and adults.
3 Credits
The Thesis courses will vary widely but will fulfill the work plan agreed by the student and the adviser. The guiding principles of the Thesis Proposal course are to initiate thesis research including selecting a thesis advisor, choosing and defining a topic, surveying relevant research literature, and planning the research. To complete the course, the student will successfully submit and defend a thesis proposal, which is a detailed and complete plan of the thesis research. The thesis proposal should include exhaustive review of relevant literature, statement of the student's thesis, formulation of hypotheses, operational definitions of independent and dependent variables, and a detailed procedure for carrying out the research. The proposal may also include a section on anticipated results with a detailed plan for analysis of data.

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