Doctoral Student David Martinez awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award

David Martinez, Georgia Tech School of Psychology doctoral student, was recently awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award (Behavioral & Cognitive Sciences Division, Linguistics Program, May 15, 2017, $18,936). His study, directed by faculty advisor Dr. Jenny Singleton, is entitled  "Word Learning in a Signed Language and Its Relationship to Spoken Word Learning in Hearing Non-Signing Adults.” This project uses structural equation modeling techniques to investigate cognitive factors underlying “word” learning in spoken and signed languages. The research has important implications for understanding how memory capacities and language aptitude interact with second language learning across language modalities. David has received prior research support through the NSF Science of Learning Center on Visual Language & Visual Learning (http://vl2.gallaudet.edu) and was named a Georgia Tech Goizueta Foundation Scholar.