Biological Motion in Deaf and Hearing People
This line of research is aimed at understanding how people recognize communicative human actions, like gestures and sign language, and how deafness and sign language experience may affect human action processing. In our recent work we have used motion capture to generate point-light stimuli for neuroimaging experiments.
We have developed and released our own point-light stimuli of communicative and non-communicative human actions. We are using these in an fMRI study comparing action understanding in deaf non-signers and normally hearing people. In another study, we investigated ERP components associated with the perception of both stationary human forms and biological motion processing.