Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Deafness Can Enhance Your Vision

It's common to assume that when one sense is lost, others "fill in" the void left - now there's scientific evidence to back it up, and provide some clues to how it happens.

A new study done on deaf cats (whose brains are much like ours) revealed that brain regions that would normally be used for processing hearing were rerouted to instead enhance vision. They're essentially a natural upgrade to the brain's visual system, acting as an enhancement to the sense.

Cat with yarn
It's not an overall upgrade, but rather it enhances two specific visual processing areas: detecting slow motion and seeing objects in far peripheral vision. These two areas are also beneficial for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

See more at Wired.

1 comment:

  1. I guess I'm like a cat...lol, everything is visual for me. :-)


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