Petitto Brain and Language Center for Neuroimaging

The state-of-the-art Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging (BL2) was founded and is led by Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto, the Science Director and Co-Principal Investigator of the Center for Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) at Gallaudet University.

The Center features one of the world’s most advanced brain imaging systems, called functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), as well as an Infant Habituation Center, video recording and Editing studios, videoconferencing facilities, experimental and observation chambers, a library, and more.

BL2 studies early brain development underlying language, reading, bilingualism, and sign language processing. This helps us better understand the biological foundations and environmental influences underlying linguistic, reading, and cognitive processing in monolingual and bilingual infants, children, and adults. Together, biology and the environment make possible the human capacity to learn and convey language, achieve reading mastery, and become a skilled bilingual.

The Center welcomes both graduate or undergraduate student researchers who want to explore brain development as it relates to language acquisition. Check out our studies here to learn more about our current opportunities for research.

Bl2 also seeks participants to join studies to help discover new insights into language processing and related fields.

Visit the BL2 website to learn more.

Contact Us

Petitto Brain and Language Center for Neuroimaging (BL2)

SLCC 1101

(202) 618-6808

(202) 651-5085

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