Haptic spatial configuration learning in deaf and hearing individuals

R van Dijk, A.M.L. Kappers, A. Postma

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    The present study investigated haptic spatial configuration learning in deaf individuals, hearing sign language interpreters and hearing controls. In three trials, participants had to match ten shapes haptically to the cut-outs in a board as fast as possible. Deaf and hearing sign language users outperformed the hearing controls. A similar difference was observed for a rotated version of the board. The groups did not differ, however, on a free relocation trial. Though a significant sign language experience advantage was observed, comparison to results from a previous study testing the same task in a group of blind individuals showed it to be smaller than the advantage observed for the blind group. These results are discussed in terms of how sign language experience and sensory deprivation benefit haptic spatial configuration processing. © 2013 van Dijk et al.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere61336
    Number of pages5
    JournalPLoS ONE
    Issue number4
    Early online date11 Apr 2013
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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