Neurological Disorders/Neuro-Ophthalmology and Neuro-Otology

Seeing ‘Where’ through the Ears: Effects of Learning-by-Doing and Long-Term Sensory Deprivation on Localization Based on Image-to-Sound Substitution

Published on 2008-03-26 in PLoS ONE, vol 3. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0001840
BackgroundSensory substitution devices for the blind translate inaccessible visual information into a format that intact sensory pathways can process. We here tested image-to-sound conversion-based localization of visual stimuli (LEDs and objects) in 13 blindfolded participants.Methods and FindingsSubjects were assigned to different roles as a function of two variables: visual deprivation (blindfolded continuously (Bc) for 24 hours per day for 21 days; blindfolded for the tests only… Read more