Losing Sight: Other Senses Heighten
Jessica Pan
Sir Winston Churchill
Floor Location : M 164 L

Scientists have speculated that the visually impaired have strengthened senses of touch and hearing to help increase awareness of their surroundings. The purpose of this experiment is to find out whether hearing or touch plays a bigger role in compensating for loss of sight. The hypothesis is that a subject without sight will rely on hearing more than touch to aid him/her in perceiving his/her environment. rnrnTwo tests were set up for the procedure, one testing the subjects' hearing an one testing the subjects' sense of touch.rnOf the 24 people in the experimental group, 23 people's scores showed a definite improvement after simulating blindness with a blindfold for 15 minutes. Furthermore, hearing scores improved more than touch scores, indicating the acceptance of the hypothesis.