Help us discover how children who are deaf and hard of hearing learn to read

Principal Investigator: James Booth, Ph.D.


The Brain Development Lab is recruiting children who are deaf and/or hard of hearing, from ages 10 to 16 to participate in a research study that examines how children learn to read.

This study will involve two visits:

  1. Your child will complete standardized testing and a mock MRI scan, where he/she will learn how to do the judgment tasks. Then children will complete a hearing test and judgement tasks in the real MRI.
  2. Your child will complete more standardized testing and judgement tasks in the real MRI.

Families will receive their child's test scores, a picture of their brain, and compensation for participating. Parents will also be paid for transportation expenses and accommodations (airfare, hotel, etc.) for those who must drive a long way or fly to Nashville!

Find out if your child is eligible to participate by completing this short questionnaire.

Click here to read a press release (both in English and ASL)

Participant Criteria

Deaf and hard of hearing children ages 10-16 years old who use sign language and/or oral language, or both. No cochlear implant due to the MRI.



Visit Requirements

Two visits


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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Enter your name and contact information and this study's coordinators will contact you if there are openings available.