Who We Are
News & Stories
Dec 1, 2022
Nov 29, 2022
November 11, 2022
November 17, 2022
November 19, 2022
University Wide Events
No Communication Compromises
Areas of Study
Changing the world
Community & Innovation
Research Experiences & Services
Your Journey Starts Here
Tools & Resources
Explore Our Campus
Dec 2, 2022
Meet the Team
Hearing, Speech, and Langua...
Vestibular and Balance Lab
Spatial cognitive functions in deaf/Deaf older adults with and without vestibular impairment
PI: Chizuko Tamaki Co-PI: Kristen Maul
This project was supported by Gallaudet University’s Priority Research Fund.
Evidence on the effects of vestibular dysfunction on cognitive functions, including in the area of spatial memory and navigation have been reported in the recent literature. With the premise that:
(1) There is an increased risk of vestibular dysfunction in people who are deaf;
(2) Many deaf individuals utilize an established sign language (e.g., American Sign Language, or ASL), which is visual-spatial in nature;
(3) Use of such language appears to have a positive influence on some aspects of spatial cognitive development; and
(4) Aging often amplifies the effects of cognitive deficiencies
This long-term work aims to understand the role of visual-spatial language (i.e., ASL) use in the development and more importantly retention of spatial cognitive functions in older adults who suffer vestibular dysfunction.
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
Copyright © 2022 Gallaudet University. All rights reserved.
800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, D.C. 20002