Disability Research Division (FUSA)

For various reasons, people might be prevented from participating in working life or social and leisure activities. At the Disability Research Division, we focus on the causes and consequences of disability in groups with different kinds of health conditions. Our focus is on cognition, communication, and learning, i.e., the processes that take place in the brain when we receive, process, and convey information. Our research also includes social dimensions of disability.

A large part of our research involves persons with hearing impairment, but we also study the conditions for cognition, communication, and learning in other groups, such as people with intellectual disability or a neuropsychiatric condition.

The goal of our research is to increase the knowledge about disability and thereby contribute to improving the opportunities for people with disabilities to participate on equal terms in society.


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AID-R - Why are adolescents with intellectual disability poor readers?

Individuals with intellectual disability often have reading difficulties, but why? Through comprehensive testing on a large group of adolescents, the project AID-R yields a detailed description of reading processes in this group.

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Attention and working memory in persons with ADHD

Does noise increase the attention of people with ADHD? The current project tests different predictions regarding facilitating/ interfering noise effects on speech understanding and working memory tasks.

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Mechanisms and treatment of age-related hearing loss

Many senior citizens are affected by age-related hearing loss. The disorder often impairs speech perception, which leads to social isolation and depression, but it is also an important modifiable risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia.


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