Researchers Pinpoint Brain Area Where People Who Are Blind Recognize Faces Identified by Sound; Recognition Made Possible by Experimental Device That Translates Images into Sounds

Using a specialized device that translates images into sound, Georgetown University Medical Center neuroscientists and colleagues showed that people who are blind recognized basic faces using the part of the brain known as the fusiform face area, a region that is crucial for the processing of faces in sighted people. The findings appeared in PLOS ONE on November 22, 2023. The open-access article is titled “Sound-Encoded Faces Activate the Left Fusiform Face Area in the Early Blind.”

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