Think you can’t see sound? Well, think again.
In a ground-breaking discovery, new research conducted in part at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston indicates that people can visually process sound to help them see.
Ye Wang, a student at the local medical school, says the finding shatters old scientific beliefs that the auditory system is used for hearing, the visual system is used to see, and there is never any mixing or matching.
“This finding is brand new,” says Wang.
According to an article in Live Science, which explains the break-through slightly more eloquently then Wang, who does not speak much English, researchers discovered that monkeys could find dim lights flashed on a wall that the monkeys previously had trouble locating if the light made a sound.
This shows, Wang has said, that there’s a direct connection between the ear and the visual regions of the brain.
Wang says this discovery is important because it could help patients who’ve suffered damage to the visual part of the brain be able to compensate through the auditory system.
While this all sounds like a lot of scientific mumbo-jumbo, it certainly has those in-the-know all revved up.
“It’s a very exciting finding,” says Wang.
-- Chris Vogel
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