UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


The Deaf Brain


This is an introductory course aimed at those with no previous knowledge of neuroscience. Concepts with be introduced from basic levels, and the student will be progressively guided from simple to more complex ideas.

You will be introduced to basic concepts about brain function, and how these are influenced by deafness, and the acquisition of a language through vision (i.e. sign language and lip-reading).

We will present state of the art results from original research from DCAL and other international research groups with particular emphasis on:

  • Early deafness
  • Sign language processing in deaf and hearing signers
  • The effects of bimodal bilingualism
  • Age of language acquisition
  • Long-term consequences of delayed language exposure
  • Cognitive skills
  • Implications for cochlear implants

We will also provide an overview of state of the art research methods and neuroimaging techniques used to investigate cognitive functions in the deaf population.

New dates yet to be confirmed, if you are interested in this course please contact dcalcourse@ucl.ac.uk to add your name to our waiting list.

We also offer this course as bespoke training for your organisation, please contact dcalcourses@ucl.ac.uk for further information.