Cat study reveals reasons for heightened vision in the deaf

10/12/2010 | National Geographic News

A recent study on cats reveals a possible explanation for the superior visual skills often found in deaf people. Brain cells that would otherwise be devoted to hearing work instead to improve vision in deaf cats, the research found, and domestic felines that were born deaf were found to better detect motion and have stronger peripheral vision and than hearing cats. More work needs to be done to discover whether the same is true in humans, researchers said, but if the results prove true they may aid in the development of better cochlear implants for deaf people.

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