SPaCE – Sensory Perceptual and Cognitive Ecology


The Sensory, Perceptual, and Cognitive Ecology (SPaCE) Center is an active research center funded by grants from NIH and NSF. We study the sensory, perceptual and cognitive abilities of deaf individuals and how deaf people create deaf-friendly environments. Our guiding philosophy is that deaf individuals are not just passively transformed by their deafness; they also actively engage with and shape their environments.

SPaCE promotes transparent ("open") science in an accessible environment free from harassment and judgment that allows all individuals to achieve their learning goals and desired employment outcomes. We encourage all interested students, staff and faculty to engage with us and learn more about what we do.

Summer School in Statistics with R

This weeklong summer course will aim to teach students and faculty how to use the R programming language for data management, analysis, and visualization.

Latest News

August 12, 2019

We are pleased to welcome Dr. David Meek as a postdoctoral research fellow funded by the Rochester Postdoctoral Partnership program. Dr. Meek received his Ed.D. from Lamar University and his research in SPaCE will focus on “Dinner Table Syndrome” and the educational and cognitive benefits to deaf children of accessible communicative interactions at home and in school. Welcome, Dr. Meek!

July 1, 2019

On July 1, the SPaCE Center officially opened! Located in Rosica Hall suite 1140, SPaCE provides office, meeting and collaboration SPaCE for faculty, research staff and students. If you’re in the area, please stop by and introduce yourself.

April 30, 2019

Micron logo: the word Micron with tilted circle around the M

Dr. Matt Dye and Dr. Janine Butler are part of a team that received a $50,000 gift from Micron. They will use these funds to conduct focus groups and surveys with hard-of-hearing individuals to determine their perspectives on how AI technologies can positively transform their lives.


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SPaCE Center main office

The SPaCE Center main office is in Rosica Hall suite 1140. This area provides office space for Center faculty and staff, hot-desking space for students, and a meeting area with Apple TV and LCD display. All desks have wired and WiFi internet access. The office is designed to be visually accessible and ASL is the primary language used by faculty, staff and students.

Photo of staff fitting research subject with electrode cap.

The GeoLab

The GeoLab in LBJ-3781 houses a two-chamber audiology booth with a 128-channel Philips Geodesic EEG system and a GSI 61 Audiometer. There is also a small meeting area and white board, desk space, and a sink.

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Rosica Hall Room 2151

SPaCE faculty, staff and students also have access to shared testing space in Rosica Hall room 2151. This room contains an SR EyeLink 1000 Plus eye tracking system and a 16-channel actiCAP Xpress dry EEG system.


Image of head with red section highlighted and red dots over surface.The deaf x laboratory conducts research on brain reorganization in the face of altered sensory input, asking what happens to the brain areas and neural pathways associated with visual and multi-sensory processing when auditory input is missing.

While housed in NTID, psychology majors have the opportunity to participate as research assistants on projects in deaf x laboratory.

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Sign language experience redistributes attentional resources to the inferior visual field.
Stoll C, Dye MWG.
Cognition. 2019 Oct;191:103957. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2019.04.026. Epub 2019 Jun 27.
PMID: 31255921

Exploring infant sensitivity to visual language using eye tracking and the Preferential Looking Paradigm.
Stone A, Bosworth RG.
J Vis Exp. 2019 May 15;(147). doi: 10.3791/59581.
PMID: 31157775

Face recognition is shaped by the use of sign language.
Stoll C, Palluel-Germain R, Caldara R, Lao J, Dye MWG, Aptel F, Pascalis O.
J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ. 2018 Jan 1;23(1):62-70. doi: 10.1093/deafed/enx034.
PMID: 28977622

Editorial: The sensation-cognition interface: Impact of early sensory experiences on cognition.
Dye MWG, Pascalis O.
Front Psychol. 2017 Oct 6;8:1742. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01742. eCollection 2017. No abstract available.
PMID: 29056918

Special section on Multimodal Multilingual Development of DHH Learners.
Dye MWG, Emmorey K.
J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ. 2017 Oct 1;22(4):402-403. doi: 10.1093/deafed/enx032.
PMID: 28961873

Staff & Students

Matthew Dye
Associate Professor
Geo Kartheiser
Post Doctoral Scholar
David Meek
Post Doctoral Scholar