What the Eyes Reveal About the Brain: Advances in Human Language Acquisition

On May 1, 2014 the Clerc Center presented a webinar:  

"What the Eyes Reveal About the Brain: Advances in Human Language Acquisition-Insights from Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) and the Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging (BL2)"

With Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto from Gallaudet University's Brain and Language Laboratory


In the webinar, Petitto shares breakthrough research related to the visual modality and what happens when as she says, "the lion's share of knowledge comes from the eyes."  She addresses the impact of that on brain structure and function and findings on how this applies to early language acquisition. This webinar is split into two parts: The first part is a pre-recorded tour of the Brain Lab with Petitto and her lab assistants while the second part is a live question-and-answer session with Petitto.

BL2 Lab demo

Petitto is the science director and co-principal investigator of the National Science Foundation and Gallaudet University's Science of Learning Center, VL2. She is also the scientific director of her own brain imaging laboratory at Gallaudet, called the Brain and Language Laboratory or BL2, as well as a full professor in Gallaudet's Department of Psychology, and an affiliated full professor in the Department of Psychology at Georgetown University. Petitto conducts neuroimaging and behavioral studies of infants, children, and adults to provide new knowledge about the biological mechanisms and environmental factors that together make possible the human capacity to learn and convey language, achieve reading mastery, and become a skilled bilingual.

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