Spatial Cognition and Memory Access across
Signers and Speakers
Human communication and spatial cognition are the fundamental means of knowing and understanding the world around us. The way spatial information is communicated has been argued to have consequences on how we perceive as well as reason about this spatial information.
The aim of my research is to investigate spatial language use and spatial memory in deaf signers and hearing speakers. This will help uncover whether and how communicating spatial information in different modalities such as sign, speech, and speech-gesture combinations predict subsequent memory for spatial relations.
This project is supported by a Vici Grant (2015-2020) for the project "Giving cognition a hand: Linking spatial cognition to linguistic expression in native and late learners of sign language and bimodal bilinguals", awarded to Prof. Aslı Özyürek.