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Front. Neurosci. | doi: 10.3389/fnins.2019.01272

Audio-motor training enhances auditory and proprioceptive functions in the blind adult

  • 1Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Italy
  • 2Neurological Institute Foundation Casimiro Mondino (IRCCS), Italy

Several reports indicate that spatial perception in blind individuals can be impaired as the lack of visual experience severely affects the development of multisensory spatial correspondences. Despite the growing interest in the development of technological devices to support blind people in their daily lives, very few studies have assessed the benefit of interventions that help to refine sensorimotor perception. In the present study, we directly investigated the impact of a short audio-motor training on auditory and proprioceptive spatial perception in blind individuals. Our findings indicate that auditory and proprioceptive spatial capabilities can be enhanced through interventions designed to foster sensorimotor perception in the form of audio-motor correspondences, demonstrating the importance of the early introduction of sensorimotor training in therapeutic intervention for blind individuals.

Keywords: Blindness, training, plasticity, audition, Proprioception

Received: 31 Mar 2019; Accepted: 08 Nov 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Cuppone, Cappagli and Gori. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: PhD. Giulia Cappagli, Neurological Institute Foundation Casimiro Mondino (IRCCS), Pavia, 27100, Lombardy, Italy, giulia.cappagli@iit.it