Deaf children with a cochlear implant (CI) have an altered auditory experience that limits their access to the social world, yet it remains unknown how this limitation affects their processing of emotions. Our new project aims to tackle this question by comparing between CI and hearing children in The Netherlands and in Taiwan.
We are happy that on 15 March 2017 we started data collection in the Netherlands for the first part of the project — facial emotion processing! Through eye-tracking technology, we will be able to understand how children, with and without hearing loss, process emotional cues from faces. In Summer, Yung-Ting will go back to Taiwan and collaborate with Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital, which has one of the largest CI centers in Taiwan, for data collection.