Brain Imaging of Reading Development (BIRD) Project (5-15 Years Old)

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Do you wonder what is happening in your child's brain while he/she is learning to read? How does the brain of a child with hearing loss learn to read?

The Neuroimaging for Language, Literacy, and Learning (NL3) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is conducting a research study to understand how brain activities relate to reading development among children with typical hearing and children with hearing loss.


Children ages 5-15 with prelingual sensorineural hearing loss and those with typical hearing. Must be native English speaker with no history of neurological or psychological disorders.


Total of 8 in-person visits, spread out over four years. Two visits per calendar year, up to 2 hours each. First visit involves a series of behavioral tests, including word rhyming and listening comprehension. The second visit involves a non-invasive brain scan (MRI). Participants may be paid up to $300 cash.

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Yingying Wang