Participate in a two-part study and earn up to $95!

We are interested in understanding how the brain processes simple arithmetic problems. In our study, you will be answering simple arithmetic problems (e.g., 2 x 6 or 8 – 3) while in the magnetic resonance imaging scanner (MRI) and we record the naturally occurring activity in your brain. To do this, we will have you participate in two sessions.

n the first session, you will have a virtual Zoom session with a researcher from NENS Lab at Gallaudet. You will complete a few tasks while on this Zoom session, and it will include simple math, reasoning, and an ASL assessment.

The second session, at Georgetown University, will be using the MRI scanner. This session will be conducted in full accordance with the COVID-19 safety measures that have been recommended by the CDC. You will also receive training on the tasks that you will perform in the scanner. You will be doing several tasks: a simple arithmetic problems task, a hand finger movement task, an ASL or English rhyming task and a number comparison task. The MRI is a safe, non-invasive neuroimaging system that takes pictures or your brain.

This study is done in full compliance with CDC COVID-19 regulations. To qualify, you must:

  • be between the ages of 18 and 35
  • be a deaf native signer
  • be right-handed have no metal in the body (cochlear implants, plates or screws, etc.)
  • be available to attend an in-person session in Washington D.C. between now and April 2021

This study has been approved by the Gallaudet Institutional Review Board.

To find out more and see if you are eligible, fill out our short survey! Also, please feel free to share this with anyone you think may be interested in participating.

If you have any questions, contact SaraBeth Sullivan at