August 20, 2015


Blind children can repurpose brain's visual center to process speech

An MRI scan of the brain. People who lose sight in adulthood, even for decades, don’t recruit the visual cortex as heavily as those who are born blind. Photograph: Daisy-Daisy/Alamy


"Findings that highlight how brain’s ‘plasticity’ allows congenitally blind and sighted children to adapt to sensory experiences could inform future treatments. Parts of the brain once thought to be primarily devoted to processing vision can be recruited by blind children as young as five to process speech, a study has found."


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