Thank you for your interest in participating in our ongoing project for Neurocognitive Plasticity in Young Deaf Adults: Effects of Cochlear Implantation and Sign Language Experience (alternatively called DISCO).


What is DISCO? 

DISCO is focused on the questions of:

1. How does deafness change the brain?
2. How do cochlear implants impact development?
3. How does language modality (signed and/or spoken) impact the brain and spoken language outcomes?

What is involved in the study?

Here’s our research assistant, Oliver, trying on an EEG cap!

DISCO is broken down into two sessions (both session ~1 hour long), composed of 3 tasks. Participation will be compensated $20 per hour. 

The first session includes playing games on an iPad and neuroimaging. The iPad task will include simple matching games, memory, and other fun games. Following a short break, we will measure your head and fit you for an EEG cap. We will then bring you to a testing booth and have you complete another short task while we monitor your brain waves via the EEG.

To see what an EEG cap fitting looks like, watch the video below.



The second session consists of playing language games in both ASL and English. Proficiency in both languages is not required for this study.

Who can participate?

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, no matter your preferred language or hearing aid/cochlear implant use, you are welcome to join our study. At this time, we are prioritizing hearing aid users, but all deaf and hard of hearing are welcome.

Contact us at disco.ntid@gmail.com to sign up!





Who is the team working on this project?



Geo Kartheiser, ABD
Post doctoral fellow






Ashley Gleason
Undergraduate Research Assistant









Sam Zampellis
Undergraduate Research Assistant








Oliver Stabbe, B.A.
Research Assistant









Anmol Kaur
Research Assistant