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Deaf CognitionFoundations and Outcomes$
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Marc Marschark and Peter C Hauser

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368673

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368673.001.0001

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Visual Attention in Deaf Children and Adults

Visual Attention in Deaf Children and Adults

Implications for Learning Environments

(p.250) Chapter 9 Visual Attention in Deaf Children and Adults
Deaf Cognition

Matthew W.G. Dye

Peter C. Hauser

Daphne Bavelier

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on visual attention — the ability to select and concentrate on information entering the brain via the visual pathway — and how significant hearing loss may affect how visual information is selected and attended. Deaf children have been reported to be inattentive and easily distracted. However, it is argued that this may be a reflection of how they allocate attentional resources, as well as other factors such as linguistic competence and teacher-parent attributions, as opposed to a state of inattentiveness and attentional pathology per se. Behavioral research suggests that deaf individuals cannot help but be distracted by visual information in their peripheral vision.

Keywords:   attention, behavior problems, education, learning

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