Neuroscience: How the brain adapts to deafness
12 February 2013
This study shows that, in deaf individuals, regions that usually process sounds and speech are not randomly reorganised and "colonised" by any type of available sensory and cognitive processes - these regions have specific functions, which are kept after plastic reorganisation, and they only adapt their processing to a different kind of modality. In particular, they show that sign language experience does not cause general visual plasticity in the STC, and that brain activity due to sign language experience is specific for language processing.
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