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Adam Stone Wins NIH's ||F31|| Fellowship

Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto is thrilled to announce that her doctoral student, Adam Stone, has been awarded a F31 predoctoral fellowship grant from NICHD.

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Laura-Ann Petitto named to Sin Wai-Kin Distinguished Professorship at Hong Kong University

VL2’s Co-PI and Science Director, Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto has been awarded the Sin-Wai-Kin Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities at Hong Kong University.

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Dr. Petitto awarded the CEASD's National Champion Award!

President Hurwitz gladly presented the CEASD’s National Champion Award to Dr. Petitto for her decades of research in language development in deaf children and adults.

Dr. Petitto & BL2 Featured on CNN!

Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto was interviewed on CNN’s “Vital Signs.” Watch on CNN, CNN International, CNN Go, or CNN.com!

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Keck Foundation Grant Won!

Scassellati (Yale), Malzkhun (Gallaudet), Petitto (PI, Gallaudet), Traum (USC), Merla (U. D’Annunzio, Italy)

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Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto (PI) wins NSF INSPIRE grant (Oct ’15)

INSPIRE: Exceptional scientific and technological innovation with potentially revolutionary benefits for society.

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Welcome to the Petitto Brain & Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging!

Founder and Scientific Director: Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto

The state-of-the-art Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging is led by Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto, the Science Director and Co-Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation and Gallaudet University’s Science of Learning Center, “Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2).” The Laboratory features one of the world’s most advanced brain imaging systems, called functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), as well as an Infant Habituation Lab, Video-Recording and Editing studios, Video-Conferencing facilities, Experimental and Observation Chambers, Library, and more. The new Laboratory is the site of neuroimaging and behavioral studies that provide knowledge about the biological mechanisms and environmental factors, which, together, make possible the human capacity to learn and convey language, achieve reading mastery, and become a skilled bilingual. Our discoveries have included answers to the following questions: What is the impact of learning two languages on the developing brain? When is the optimal time to expose a young child to two languages and two reading systems? What are the most optimal programs for teaching a young bilingual child to read? What are the normal developmental stages of bilingual language and reading acquisition? How can we ensure that bilingual children are achieving the greatest academic success?

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BL2 Reaches 350 Participants!

On March 2, 2016, Petitto Brain & Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging (BL2) achieved another major milestone in its history, as well as for neuroscience research at Gallaudet University, when they recruited and ran their 350th participant. We ran 50...

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New fNIRS Brain Imaging System

Professor Petitto and the entire Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging (BL2) team are thrilled to announce the upcoming purchase of a new brain imaging system: a new near infrared spectroscopy neuroimaging system, or “fNIRS,” which will replace an aging...

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Adam Stone Wins NIH’s “F31” Fellowship

Adam Stone, a fourth-year student in Gallaudet University's Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience Program and a graduate research assistant in Dr. Petitto's Brain & Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging (BL2), has been awarded a National Institutes of Health National...

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Members of Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto's Brain & Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging (BL2) team traveled to San Diego to present their cutting-edge infant language research at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) 2016, on November 14. The present research discussed the first-time integration of neuroimaging, thermal infrared imaging, and eye tracking to explore babies' sensitivity to rhythmic-temporal patterning in human languages and discover biological markers of infants' "readiness to learn." More than 30,000 neuroscientists attended the annual meeting!

From left: Adam Stone, PhD Student, Educational Neuroscience; Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto, scientific director, BL2; Geo Kartheiser, PhD Student, Educational Neuroscience; and Dr. Barbara Manini, W.M. Keck & NSF INSPIRE Postdoctoral Fellow. Two authors not pictured included Dr. Clifton Langdon, assistant professor, Educational Neuroscience and Dr. Arcangelo Merla, Universita D'Annunzio, Chieti-Pescara, Italy.
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