July 21, 2016

Dr. Matt Dye

Dr. Matt Dye is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Liberal Studies at RIT/NTID. He also has an affiliate appointment with the Department of Psychology at RIT. Matt was on the faculty in the Neuroscience Program and the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for 6 years before joining RIT/NTID.

Moving to the United States from the UK, Dr. Dye completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at The University of Rochester (2002-2009). His Ph.D. in Psychology was awarded in 2001 by the University of Southampton, where he conducted psycholinguistic research on British Sign Language.

Since moving to the U.S., Dr. Dye’s work has focussed on whether being born deaf means that you see better. His lab 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. Most of his research looks at selective visual attention in deaf individuals, asking whether their greater reliance upon visual information in their environment means that their perceptual and cognitive systems are better able to select and process visual information. The lab’s working hypothesis is that this is indeed the case, especially when operating in environments where one would typically benefit from the integration of auditory and visual information, such as when monitoring for events in peripheral vision. His research program now also includes temporal aspects of visual attention in deaf children, with an ongoing national longitudinal study funded by the National Science Foundation and a large scale study of sequence processing and neuroplasticity in DHH college students funded by NIH.

Dr. Dye can best be contacted by email: mwddls@rit.edu.

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