Audio cues can not only help us to recognize objects more quickly but can even alter our visual perception. That is, pair birdsong with a bird and we see a bird—but replace that birdsong with a squirrel’s chatter, and we’re not quite so sure what we’re looking at.
Does loss of sight enhance a person’s sense of hearing? New research supports this commonly held belief in one intriguing way: by testing blind people’s ability to navigate their surroundings. [September 15, 2020]
Data from individuals with different types of severe visual impairment suggest that the associations we make between sounds and shapes -- a “smooth” b or a “spiky” k -- may form during a sensitive period of visual development in early childhood.