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Deaf, Thought and thinking, Psycholinguistics


The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between the facilitation with language and imagery as a function of deafness and age. It is argued that imagery and language are two independent, although interacting aspects of thought (Bovier 1970, Paivio I969, Furth I966, Piaget I962) , and that imagery is a potent factor in learning and memory (Bower 1970, Paivio I969). Subject populations may differ in absolute terms, i.e. one population may be more or less proficient with language or imagery or both when compared with another population. And populations may differ in their relative facilitation with one code as compared, to another code. It is hypothesized that the variables of deafness and age do affect the absolute as well as the relative proficiencies with imagery and language.