Hearing sounds can improve your vision

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Science  08 Aug 2014:
Vol. 345, Issue 6197, pp. 634-635
DOI: 10.1126/science.345.6197.634-g

Sounds can draw our attention to a specific location and make us aware of something that we may otherwise overlook. But do auditory cues improve the function of other senses, such as sight? To find out, Feng et al. recorded the electrical activity in people's brains when they were seeing and hearing stimuli. The researchers played a sound from one side and then quickly flashed a visual stimulus either on the same side as the sound or on the opposite side. When the sound and the visual stimulus came on the same side, electrical activity in the brain increased and people correctly identified the visual stimulus more often. This suggests that sound helps the brain process co-localized visual input.

J. Neurosci. 34, 9817 (2014).

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