NIH study shows the deaf brain processes touch differently – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters, I’m Joe Balintfy. People who are born deaf process the sense of touch differently than people who are born with normal hearing. Dr. Christina Karns an NIH postdoctoral researcher says studying this difference shows the brain has some flexibility and is not necessarily hard wired.
Karns: And because the experience of someone who’s born deaf is really different than the typical experience that can tell us how flexible is the brain development of the auditory system.
Narrator: Recent study findings suggest that since the auditory cortex of deaf people is not exposed to sound stimuli, it adapts and takes on other sensory processing tasks. For details, visit www.nidcd.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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