• 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.

RIT/NTID
RIT/NTID

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.

Lab Welcomes Fulbright Scholar, Chloé Stoll

Chloe_StollChloé Stoll, a doctoral student with Olivier Pascalis at Université Pierre Mendès France, was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to spend six months working at RIT/NTID in the deaf x lab. While she’s here, Chloé will be conducting research on the effects of deafness and signing on visual skills, and learning American Sign Language.

Welcome to Rochester, Chloé!

Welcome to Brennan Terhune-Cotter!

Image of Dr. Matt Dye shaking the hand of Brennan Terhune-Cotter.On August 1st, the deaf x lab was pleased to welcome Brennan Terhune-Cotter to RIT/NTID. Brennan is a graduate of Randolph Macon College, and will be working as a research associate on our NSF-funded longitudinal study of temporal visual selective attention in deaf children.

Welcome, Brennan!

Deaf x Lab Receives Grant to Study Development of Vision in Deaf Children

The NSF award, which will be distributed over three years, will support a longitudinal study of 150 deaf children, ages 6 to 13, attending schools for the deaf around the United States. The research team, led by Matthew Dye, assistant professor in NTID’s Department of Liberal Studies, and Peter Hauser, professor and director of NTID’s Deaf Studies Laboratory, hopes to prove that deaf children who learn American Sign Language (ASL) early in life look at the world differently compared to deaf children who receive a cochlear implant and use a spoken language such as English. They also hope to learn whether it is a lack of hearing or the age at which they are exposed to a natural language that most influences how deaf children perceive the world. RIT/NTID Press Release.

Workshop on Multimodal Multilingual Outcomes in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children

The deaf x lab is pleased to be able to invite you to join us for a Workshop on Multimodal Multilingual Outcomes in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children. The workshop will take place at Stockholm University from June 13-15, 2016. More information, including a list of speakers and topics, is available at this site. Registration is free, but numbers are limited. If you are interested in joining us, then please contact Krister Schönström at schonstrom@ling.su.se.

Upcoming Workshop in Stockholm, Sweden

In June 2016, Dr. Dye will be hosting a 3-day workshop in Stockholm (Sweden) on Multimodal Multilingual Outcomes in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children. This is in collaboration with the Institutionen för Lingvistik at Stockholm University. The workshop is funded through award OISE-1565990 from the National Science Foundation.

New Articles Published

The deaf x lab has recently published new data in Experimental Brain Research and in the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. Check out our Publications link for more details!

Dye Lab Moves to RIT/NTID

In August 2015, the dye lab moved to thew Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester NY. The lab is now called deaf x lab, and is housed in Rosica Hall at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. We’re excited to be part of the mission of NTID by providing research experiences and training for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Second Language Acquisition Across Modalities

New article accepted for publication in Second Language Research that reports on a motion tracking study of hearing college students learning ASL as an L2. Congratulations to past lab member Allison Hilger, who conducted this study for her undergraduate thesis.

Hilger, A.I., Loucks, T.M.J., Quinto-Pozos, D. and Dye, M.W.G. (in press). Second language acquisition across modalities: production variability in adult L2 learners. Second Language Research.

International Congress on Education of the Deaf 2015

In July 2015, Matt will be giving an oral presentation at ICED 2015. Dr. Dye’s presentation is titled “Diversity of visual attention in deaf learners“.

International Conference on Sign Language Acquisition 2015

The lab has had three posters accepted for presentation at the ICSLA 2015. Matt will be presenting details of a cross-linguistic L2 sign langauge corpus study, along with colleagues from Stockholm University and Trinity College Dublin. Two undergraduate students also had their posters accepted (Melissa and Rachel) for EEG and motion tracking studies being conducted with Darren Tanner and Torrey Loucks. Congratulations to Melissa and Rachel, who will also be presenting their work at ISHA 2015.