You See What You Hear
The visual cortex processes auditory information – both real and imaginary
Mark Hillen |
It’s sometimes said that you don’t see with your eyes, you see with your brain. The site where most sensory processing occurs in the brain is the cerebral cortex, with distinct regions being devoted to certain specialized functions – the visual cortex processes only visual input, the auditory cortex only processes the signals coming from the cochlear nerve and so on (see Figure). Or so it was thought. A team of researchers from Glasgow University in Scotland have shown that the visual cortex processes information from the ears as well as the eyes (1).
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