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Compensatory Plasticity in the Deaf Brain: Effects on Perception of Music

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posted on 2021-05-21, 15:26 authored by Arla Good, Maureen J. Reed, Frank A. Russo
When one sense is unavailable, sensory responsibilities shift and processing of the remaining modalities becomes enhanced to compensate for missing information. This shift, referred to as compensatory plasticity, results in a unique sensory experience for individuals who are deaf, including the manner in which music is perceived. This paper evaluates the neural, behavioural and cognitive evidence for compensatory plasticity following auditory deprivation and considers how this manifests in a unique experience of music that emphasizes visual and vibrotactile modalities.