September 2019
Volume 19, Issue 10
Open Access
Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting Abstract  |   September 2019
What Deafness Tells Us About the Nature of Vision
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  • Rain Bosworth
    University of California, San Diego
Journal of Vision September 2019, Vol.19, 8e. doi:
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      Rain Bosworth, Matthew Dye, Olivier Pascalis, Rain Bosworth, Fang Jiang, Geo Kartheiser; What Deafness Tells Us About the Nature of Vision. Journal of Vision 2019;19(10):8e.

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It is widely believed that loss of one sense leads to enhancement of the remaining senses – for example, deaf see better and blind hear better. The reality, uncovered by 30 years of research, is more complex, and this complexity provides a fuller picture of the brain’s adaptability in the face of atypical sensory experiences. In this symposium, neuroscientists and vision scientists will discuss how sensory, linguistic, and social experiences during early development have lasting effects on perceptual abilities and visuospatial cognition. Presenters offer new findings that provide surprising insights into the neural and behavioral organization of the human visual system.


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