• Sarah and Brennan did a great job presenting our research at #SRCD2017. Very proud of both of them!

    Sarah and Brennan did a great job presenting our research at #SRCD2017. Very proud of both of them!

  • The deaf x lab was recently awarded an NIH grant that will allow us t oexplore linguistic and cognitive development in deaf adults using EEG methods.

    The deaf x lab was recently awarded an NIH grant that will allow us t oexplore linguistic and cognitive development in deaf adults using EEG methods.

Welcome to the deaf x lab at RIT/NTID!

The deaf x lab is a university-based research lab directed by Dr. Matt Dye at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester NY. The primary goal of the lab is to understand how deafness and sign language affect the ways in which people extract visual information from the world around them. Staff and students in the lab have used a variety of tools to do this, including optical imaging (EROS), high density EEG, eye tracking, and behavioral studies. In doing our research, we also aim to mentor and develop the next generation of deaf and hard-of-hearing scientists.

NTID Center on Cognition and Learning
NTID Center on Cognition and Learning

The deaf x lab is part of NTID's Center on Cognition and Language (NCCL). The NCCL is a strategic research center that is home to a number of research laboratories and mentoring programs that provide research facilities and opportunities to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers.

Rosica Hall
Rosica Hall

The deaf x lab is headquartered in Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Hall, an $8 million, two-story, 23,000-square-foot building that officially opened on Oct. 11, 2013. The design of the building was done with the intention to make it deaf-friendly, incorporating a maximum use of 
natural light, open line-of-sight paths, and safety features such as strobe lights.


The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) is one of the nine colleges of Rochester Institute of Technology. NTID prepares professionals to work in fields related to deafness, and undertakes a program of applied research designed to enhance the social, economic and educational accommodation of deaf people.

New article accepted for publication in Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Congratulations to Chloé Stoll on being lead author on Stoll, C., Palluel-Germain, R., Caldara, R., Lao, J., Dye, M.W.G., Aptel, F., and Pascalis, O. (2017). Face recognition is shaped by the use of sign language. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, DOI: http://doi.org/10.1093/deafed/enx034. A preprint request is available on the Publications page.

POSITION AVAILABLE: deafxlab is looking for a postdoc

A postdoctoral position is available in the Deaf X Lab (http://www.deafxlab.com/) at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Based in Rochester NY, the successful applicant will work under the direction of Dr. Matt Dye at RIT/NTID and Dr. Anu Sharma at the University of Colorado at Boulder. They will be responsible for subject recruitment, data collection, and data analysis for an NIH-funded project on cross-modal neuroplasticity in deaf adults. The successful applicant will also collaborate on the dissemination of findings in peer-reviewed journal articles and at scholarly meetings. Duties include: collection of EEG data and administration of language/cognition tests, and collaboration with colleagues at NTID to collect audiological data and standardized measures of spoken and signed language. The position will require some travel, most notably to visit collaborators at the University of Colorado at Boulder for training in acquisition of CAEPs and VEPS.

  • Applicants must have a PhD (or be ABD with an expected completion date before June 30, 2018) in Linguistics, Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field.
  • Proficiency in a sign language is required (with ASL preferred), coupled with an ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of DHH individuals.
  • Should have 2 years’ experience collecting psycho-physiological and/or behavioral data from human research subjects (preferably deaf or hard-of-hearing adults).

Interested parties should feel free to contact the Chair of the Search Committee (Dr. Matt Dye) at mwddls@rit.edu for more information.

How to Apply / Contact

In order to be considered for this position, you must apply for it at: http://careers.rit.edu/staff . Click the search box and enter the BR number: 3264BR.

New NIH Grant: Neurocognitive Plasticity in Young Deaf Adults – Effects of Cochlear Implantation and Sign Language Exposure

The deaf x lab is excited to announce a new collaboration with Prof. Anu Sharma of the University of Colorado at Boulder. With funding from NIH, we will be conducting a large scale study of neuroplasticity in young deaf adults. More details to follow, as well as an upcoming search for a postdoctoral research fellow. Stay tuned!

Dr. Matt Dye to present at CHScom2017

On June 21, lab PI Dr. Matt Dye will be presenting the first wave of data from our NSF study of temporal selective attention in deaf children at CHScom2017 in Linköping, Sweden. His talk is titled, “Deafness-related deficits in temporal attention: hearing loss or linguistic deprivation?” A full program can be found here.


deafxlab members in front of poster at SRCD2017

Very proud of Sarah Kimbley and Brennan Terhune-Cotter. They co-presented a poster with early data from our NSF study of temporal attention development in DHH children at SRCD2017 in Austin, TX.

Farewell to Chloé Stoll

A sad farewell to Chloé Stoll, as she returns to France to continue her PhD studies. Chloé was so much fun to have around, an amazing colleague, and she even spent 30 minutes of her farewell party collecting data. Look out for some great articles coming to a journal near you soon!

Presentations for SRCD 2017

Several members of the deafxlab will be attending and presenting at the Biennial Society for Research in Child Development in Austin TX next April. As part of the symposium on Linguistic Regulation of Executive Function: Evidence from Deaf Children, Dr. Dye will be presenting on the topic of Does Audition Drive the Development of Domain-General Sequencing Abilities?”. Sarah Kimbley will be presenting a poster of her undergraduate thesis work titled Temporal Sequence Processing in Deaf Children: Cross-sectional Data”.  Congratulations, Sarah!

deafxlab presents at Psychonomics Society

Dr. Matt Dye and Chloé Stoll – visiting Fulbright Scholar – both presented posters at the Psychonomic Society 2016 meeting in Boston in November. Dr. Dye’s poster was titled Emotional Face Processing in Deaf and Hearing Bilinguals, and Chloé’s poster was on Face Recognition, But Not Categorization Differs in Sign Language Users Irrespective of Hearing Status. This research was part of an ongoing collaboration with Prof. Roberto Caldara of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

New Article Accepted for Publication in Hearing Research

Congratulations to graduate student Jenessa Seymour (currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Colgate University). Her research on cross-modal plasticity in deaf adults using the event-related optical signal has been accepted for publication in Hearing Research. A preprint can be requested form the Publications page.

Seymour, J.L., Low, K., Maclin, E., Chiarelli, A., Mathewson, K., Fabiani, M., Gratton, G., and Dye, M.W.G. (in press). Reorganization of neural systems mediating peripheral visual selective attention in the deaf: an optical imaging study. Hearing Research.

SURF Student Presents at Undergraduate Research Symposium

ugrs_sarahSarah Kimbley, a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the lab, presented her research today on the development of visual selective attention. NTID was well represented at the RIT Undergraduate Research Symposium, and Sarah did a great job. She’ll complete her research for her senior honors thesis in the Department of Psychology.