The co-directors of the Motion Light Lab, a resource hub of the National Science Foundation and Gallaudet University Science of Learning Center, Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2), recently participated in a panel at the first annual World Summit on the Creative Economy and Creative Industries.
Distinguished cognitive and educational neuroscientist Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto is the lead author on a groundbreaking paper laying out a theory of visual phonology and describing the insights this theory provides into how the human brain is able to build equally an universal phonological level of language organization from both signed and spoken languages.
A Knowledge Festival recently provided the public with the opportunity to learn more about the wide array of research, products, and achievements of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Gallaudet University's Science of Learning Center, Visual Language and Visual Learning, VL2.
In February, renowned neuroscientist Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto made a revolutionary declaration to an audience of scientists, educators, and policymakers at a prestigious National Science Foundation event: Signed languages are biologically equivalent to spoken languages and are a biological necessity for young deaf children.
Victoria Mousley, a research assistant to Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto in her Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging (BL2) at Gallaudet University, has won a prestigious scholarship for young leaders.
Below is a selection of VL2 center publications and conference presentations that support the research in Gallaudet University President Bobbi Cordano's recent statement about the importance of early ASL/English bilingual language learning.