Sign Language and the Brain – Karen Emmorey, PhD – San Diego State University



The same key brain areas are involved in producing and comprehending signed and spoken languages.

Dr. Emmorey is a professor in the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at San Diego State University. She is the also the Director of the Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience at San Diego State University. Her research focuses on what sign languages can reveal about the nature of human language, cognition, and the brain: the processes involved in how deaf people produce and comprehend sign language, how these processes are represented in the brain and how experience with a signed language impacts nonlinguistic visual-spatial cognition, such as face processing, memory, and imagery. Her research has been awarded research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Dr. Karen Emmorey here.