The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health, is looking for individuals to participate in clinical studies. Participating in clinical trials allows you to play an active role in research on the nature and causes of many disorders of the brain and nervous system, and to possibly help physician-scientists develop future treatments. The information below is designed to help you quickly learn about actively recruiting research studies for which you or someone you know may be eligible.

Description:

The purpose of this protocol is to determine if the right hemisphere activation associated with perception of American Sign Language (ASL) in deaf subjects and in normal hearing individuals raised by deaf parents (who learned ASL before written English) is necessary for appropriate understanding of ASL.

Eligibility Criteria:

Subject age between 18 and 65 years. Adult hearing offsprings of deaf parents. Congenitally deaf individuals. Intact hearing volunteers. No subjects with personal or family history of seizures or other neurological or demyelinating disorders. No pregnant women tested after urine pregnancy test. No subjects with severe coronary disease. No subjects with metal in the cranium except mouth. No subjects with intracardiac lines and implanted medication pumps. No subjects with increased intracranial pressure as evaluated by clinical means. No subjects with cardiac pacemakers. No subjects with an intake of neuroleptics.

Study Design:

Study Location:

Maryland