Blind people develop accurate mental map by playing 'video' game
Researchers have developed a new "video" game for blind people that can help them learn about a new space using only audio cues, as reported Sept. 19 in the open access journal PLOS ONE. The system, developed by a team led by Lotfi Merabet of Harvard Medical School and Jaime Sánchez of the University of Chile, is called the Audiobased Environment Simulator and uses only audio-based cues to allow blind users to learn about the layout of a previously unfamiliar building.
After playing the game, participants were better able to navigate a real-world version of the space explored in the virtual reality environment, confirming that the spatial information learned in the game was accurate and transferrable.
"Learning through such interactive games represents an innovative and motivating way to improve crucial skills that allow blind individuals to remain functionally independent," says Merabet.
Source: Public Library of Science
- Tokyo Game Show focuses on social, smartphonesfrom PhysorgThu, 20 Sep 2012, 4:30:51 EDT
- Video games help patients and health care providersfrom Science DailyWed, 19 Sep 2012, 21:00:35 EDT
- Blind people develop accurate mental map by playing 'video' gamefrom Science DailyWed, 19 Sep 2012, 20:01:12 EDT
- Blind people develop accurate mental map by playing 'video' gamefrom PhysorgWed, 19 Sep 2012, 17:00:49 EDT
Latest Science NewsletterGet the latest and most popular science news articles of the week in your Inbox! It's free!
Check out our next project, Biology.Net
From other science news sites
Popular science news articles
No popular news yet
- Kids' cartoon characters twice as likely to die as counterparts in films for adults
- Herd mentality: Are we programmed to make bad decisions?
- Evidence of Viking/Norse metalworking in Arctic Canada
- NASA Goddard instrument makes first detection of organic matter on Mars
- Origin of long-standing space mystery revealed