Friday, July 10, 2009

Researchers Explore Echolocation in Humans as an Aid for the Blind

The concept of human echolocation, the ability of humans to detect nearby objects by hearing the noises they make echo back from those objects, has been studied from as far back as the 1950’s. In the more recent past, blind individuals including Daniel Kish and Ben Underwood have become known for their largely self-taught echolocation abilities, whereby they navigate their surroundings by tapping their canes or making clicking noises with their mouths.

A team of researchers at the University of Alcalá de Henares in Spain in their continuing research of human echolocation has shown scientifically that humans can develop this ability, according to an article on www.sciencecodex.com. The team is constructing a series of protocols that may be used to help the blind develop their echolocation skills. Read the full story here.

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