Deaf Infants Have Accelerated Gaze Following

 

I-LABS researchers and colleagues published the first study of gaze following with Deaf infants of Deaf parents. The results show that Deaf infants had enhanced gaze following in comparison to hearing infants of the same age and gender. This suggests that Deaf infants pay special attention to social-communicative cues of other people due in part to exposure to sign language. The work highlights the fundamental human capacity to learn socially and build communicative connections with our fellow humans.

I-LABS co-authors Rechele Brooks and Andrew Meltzoff, along with Jenny Singleton, a linguist from University of Texas at Austin, published their work in Developmental Science (click here to see paper).

Click here to see the story from UW News.

Click here to read the article in The Daily.

Click here to see the video abstract (in English and American Sign Language).