Visual Attention in Deaf Children and Adults: Implications for Learning Environments

Matthew W.G. Dye, Peter C. Hauser, Daphne Bavelier

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDeaf Cognition
Subtitle of host publicationFoundations and Outcomes
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199894161
ISBN (Print)9780195368673
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Attention
  • Behavior problems
  • Education
  • Learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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