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Re: auditory training for the blind
Moore and King have a small section (5.5, p149) on blindness in their
recent chapter "Plasticity of Binaural Systems" in the book:
Plasticity of the Auditory System
Series: Springer Handbook of Auditory Research, Vol. 23
Parks, T.N.; Rubel, E.W.; Fay, R.R.; Popper, A.N. (Eds.)
2004, XII, 324 p. 48 illus., Hardcover
> There has been some work on echolocation. The basic problem for
> trainers seems to be that there are huge individual differences in
> ability to echolocate. Some people do it amazingly well,
> (one case study examined the ability of a blind 11-year-old boy to
> bicycle while avoiding obstacles (McCarty & Worchel, 1954)) .Others
> really get it even with massive amount of training. It's also been
> difficult to find a predictor of echolocation performance. The
> experimental work began in the 1940's with several very thoroguh
> by Dallenbach & colleagues. Larry Rosenblum and Dan Ashmead have
> work recently in this area.
> For reviews see:
> Neuhoff, J. G. (2004). Auditory motion and localization. In J.G.
> (Ed.) Ecological Psychoacoustics. New York: Academic Press.
> Stoffregen, T. A., & Pittenger, J. B. (1995). Human echolocation as
> form of perception and action. Ecological Psychology, 7, 181-216.
> Here are a few other references as well:
> Arias, C., Curet, C. A., Moyano, H. F., Joekes, S., et al. (1993).
> Echolocation: A study of auditory functioning in blind and sighted
> Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 87(3), 73-77.
> Ashmead, D. H., Wall, R. S., Eaton, S. B., Ebinger, K. A.,
> M.-M., Guth, D. A., & Yang, X. (1998). Echolocation reconsidered:
> spatial variations in the ambient sound field to guide locomotion.
> of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 92, 615-632.
> Dallenbach, K. M. (1941). Facial vision: The perception of obstacles
> blind. Psychological Bulletin, 38, 610-611.
> McCarty, B., & Worchel, P. (1954). Rate of motion and object
> the blind. New Outlook for the Blind, 48, 316-322.
> Rice, C. E., Feinstein, S. H., & Schusterman, R. J. (1965).
> ability of the blind: Size and distance factors. Journal of
> Psychology, 70, 246-251.
> Rosenblum, L. D., Gordon, M. S., & Jarquin, L. (2000). Echolocating
> by moving and stationary listeners. Ecological Psychology, 12,
> Taylor, J. G. (1966). Perception generated by training echolocation.
> Canadian Journal of Psychology, 20, 64-81.
> -John Neuhoff
> John G. Neuhoff
> Department of Psychology
> The College of Wooster
> Wooster, OH 44691
> Phone: 330-263-2475
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Thomas G Brennan" <g_brennantg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2005 7:03 PM
> Subject: Re: auditory training for the blind
> > Matt, as a blind audiologist this has always been a concern to me.
> > first
> > question that seems important in terms of auditory training for
> > is
> > that of echo location. There is very little material out there
> > orientation
> > and mobility trainers do not do auditory training and so far as I
> > very few
> > audiologist have programs specifically designed for bliend
> > Tom
> > Tom Brennan KD5VIJ, CCC-A/SLP
> > web page http://titan.sfasu.edu/~g_brennantg/sonicpage.html
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