Neuroplasticity of Spatial Working Memory in Signed Language Processing

Neuroplasticity of Spatial Working Memory in Signed Language Processing

Question: Will the timing of signed language acquisition yield change in the neural resources facilitating spatial working memory?

Goal: By studying a spatial syntax based language like ASL, a unique window, that would not be possible with spoken language, is gained into the structural and functional plasticity of the human brain. Findings will provide advancement to scientific debate about the nature of brain plasticity and reversibility of the critical period for language acquisition in adult learners.