NIH study shows the deaf brain processes touch differently – 4
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters, I’m Joe Balintfy. Researchers have been able to show that deaf people use their auditory cortex to process touch and vision to a much greater degree than occurs in hearing people. Dr. Christina Karns an NIH postdoctoral researcher says in a recent study, hearing participants’ auditory cortex specialized for hearing.
Karns: But in the deaf people the brain has reorganized or organized in a way that’s not typical so that they're responding to these other senses. And in fact the response to touch was about twice as strong as for vision.
Narrator: For more information on this study and deafness research, 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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