The BL2 Science Blog

Adam Stone Successfully Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

Adam Stone, Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto's doctoral student, successfully defended his dissertation on Monday, June 5, 2017! His dissertation project is titled, "Neural Systems for Infant Sensitivity to Rhythmic-Temporal Patterning." This milestone has many notable firsts:...

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...

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...

Summer 2016 fNIRS Training

The Petitto Brain and Language Laboratory - BL2 recently held a two-day functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) training for summer research assistants, preparing them to gain certification in the use of fNIRS. Adam Stoneand Geo Kartheiser, fourth-year students...

What the Eyes Reveal About the Brain: Webinar Video

  "The lion's share of knowledge comes from the eyes," Dr. Petitto mentions about her research related to the visual modality. Find out what impact that has on the brain structure and brain function, and how this is related to early language acquisition by...

VL2’s Research Briefs: Now Available As Videos!

Ten student-scholars with VL2, including Paul, Diana, Geo, and Adam from our BL2 lab, hosted and participated in the "TL2" Translation-Translation Workshop at Gallaudet University. In collaboration with VL2's Education and Research Translation Manager Dr. Melissa...

In ASL: The “Perceptual Wedge Hypothesis”

Starting with Petitto et al. (2012), we are experimenting with producing ASL translations of important research articles and community education materials. Here, Erin Spurgeon, a 2012-2014 BL2 intern, and Geo Kartheiser, a 2012-present BL2 intern and PEN student,...

The Perception of Handshapes in American Sign Language

The human brain has the ability to categorize sensory input. This is called categorical perception (CP); it is how we make sense of the things we see, hear, and feel in our environments every day. One example of how we categorize the world around us is our perception...