DOI: 10.1101/519850Jan 17, 2019Paper

Auditory-Visual Interactions in the Blind with Artificial Vision: Are Multisensory Perceptions Restored After Decades of Blindness?

BioRxiv : the Preprint Server for Biology
Noelle R B StilesJames D. Weiland


In the sighted, auditory and visual perception typically interact strongly and influence each other significantly. Blindness acquired in adulthood alters these multisensory pathways. During blindness, it has been shown that the senses functionally reorganize, enabling visual cortex to be recruited for auditory processing. It is yet unknown whether this reorganization is permanent, or whether auditory-visual interactions can be re-established in cases of partial visual recovery. Retinal prostheses restore visual perception to the late blind and provide an opportunity to determine if these auditory-visual connections and interactions are still viable after years of plasticity and neglect. We tested Argus II retinal prosthesis patients (N = 7) for an auditory visual illusion, the ventriloquist effect, in which the perceived location of an auditory stimulus is modified by the presence of a visual stimulus. Prosthetically-restored visual perception significantly modified patients' auditory perceptions, comparable to results with sighted control participants (N = 10). Furthermore, the auditory-visual interaction strength in retinal prosthesis patients exhibited a significant partial anti-correlation with patient age, as well as a sig...Continue Reading

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