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Dr. Ilaria Berteletti, director of the Numeracy and Educational Neuroscience Lab, and doctoral students SaraBeth Sullivan (Program in Educational Neuroscience) and Lucas Lancaster (Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences) have published a research paper in the Journal for Numerical Cognition titled “The unexplored role of handshape similarity in processing numbers on the hands”.
This paper investigates the role of hand shape similarity in processing numerical information presented on the hands. The researchers found that pairs of hand shapes sharing more features were harder to recognize than pairs sharing less features and that this interacted with numerical processing. The study, carried out with adults hearing non-signers and Deaf native ASL signers, brings empirical evidence in support of educational strategies working on maximising the ability to recognize hand shapes when teaching numbers on the hands.
With this paper as a starting point, it is hoped that more developmental, evidence-based training and intervention studies will be carried out to understand how to optimally support the recognition of numerical meaning conveyed on the hands. The preprint is currently published on PsyArxiv.
Roberto E. Wirth, E-’74 & H-’09, passed away on June 5 in Rome, Italy. Mr. Wirth was owner and managing director of the Hotel Hassler in Rome, one of the most prestigious family-owned hotels in the world, and owned several other hotels and resorts throughout Italy. He was a strong advocate for deaf people in...
Alumnus Timel Benton has signed a contract with the Bay Area Panthers of the Indoor Football League (IFL). Benton, who graduated last month, is the first Gallaudet Bison to sign a professional football contract since Tony Tatum signed on with the Utah Blaze in the now-disbanded Arena Football League (AFL) in May 2013. Benton was...
James Caverly, ’11, who plays Theo Dimas in Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building, will play Professor Harold Hill in the Olney Theatre Center’s summer production of Meredith Willson’s Tony-winning musical The Music Man, which opens tonight and runs through July 23. The show’s official opening is on Thursday, June 23. Sandra Mae Frank, ’13,...
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