Reducing a person's vision for as little as a week may help improve the brain's ability to process hearing, neuroscientists at Johns Hopkins University have found.
Hey-Kyoung Lee, an associate professor of neuroscience and researcher at the Mind/Brain Institute at Johns Hopkins, along with biologist Patrick Kanold at the University of Maryland, examined the relationship between vision and hearing in the brain. Their findings were published in the journal Neuron.
It's long been known that blind musicians such as Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles are examples of how a lack of sight can heighten or enhance hearing. But scientists did not understand just how that happened until now.
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