New Project with Hearing English/BSL Bilinguals!


DCAL's Visual Communication Group, led by Dr Mairead Macsweeney (pictured, wearing fTCD headset!), is currently running a new and exciting research project. We are looking at how the brain processes both BSL and English in hearing bilinguals.  

We are currently looking for participants who are hearing, learnt BSL early in life from their deaf parent(s), right-handed and are aged 18-50yrs old. 

We are using small sensors, one at each side of your head, to measure the blow flow to the left and right side of your brain. The technique uses ultrasound and is called fTCD (functional Transcranial Doppler Sonography). It is a very safe and easy method of measuring blood flow to the brain during language processing.

The sessions are being held at DCAL, they last around two hours and we would of course pay you for your time and travel. 

If this sounds like something you would be excited to a part of, then please contact Richard Daws ( to find out more and for the chance of being involved in this study.

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