3. Online Measures of Communication (co-ordinator: MacSweeney)

In this strand we will study hemispheric dominance for language processing using functional transcranial Doppler sonography (fTCD). This safe, fast and portable technique allows us to determine whether there is greater blood flow to the left or right side of the brain, and therefore which side is more active during a language task. We will also study reading using eye-tracking. These studies will provide novel information concerning whether deaf and hearing people rely on similar processes during reading. Both the fTCD studies and the eye-tracking studies will first be conducted with adults, but will then be extended to studies with children.

Researchers involved: Mairéad MacSweeney, Gabriella Vigliocco, Bencie Woll, Robin Thompson, Eva Gutierrez, Heather Payne

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