Journal of Undergraduate Research


neurological research, HMD technology, deaf and hard-of-hearing


Physical and Mathematical Sciences


Computer Science


Introduction: The purpose of this MRI study was an attempt to discover and understand how communication is processed via the neural pathways of children ages 8-10. Analysis of the data we obtained would possibly help us in better adapting our head-mounted display (HMD) technology for deaf and hard-of-hearing children in educational settings where communication is common. Since HMDs utilize a sign language interpreter within a screen on the glasses, this technology would eliminate the need for deaf/hard-of-hearing users to constantly alternate their attention back and forth between a live interpreter in the room and the presentation by the teacher. Having this HMD interpreter within the same visual field as the presentation may seem beneficial as one can view the two simultaneously, but questions were raised on how this sort of communication would affect the user’s neural pathways—which questions became the basis for our MRI study.