Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sound Processing nearly identical in hearing and deaf people

The part of the brain that processes sound is virtually identical in profoundly deaf and hearing people," according to a new study reported in the Harvard Gazette. One of the study's authors says:
One reason this is interesting is because we don’t know what causes the brain to organize the way it does. How important is each person’s experience for their brain development? In audition, a lot is known about [how it works] in hearing people, and in animals.. but we don’t know whether the same organization is retained in congenitally deaf people.
The study is published in the journal Scientific Reports.