In addition, a better response is noticed in these infants towards touch sensing rather than auditory sensing.
“This work tells us that infants with visual impairments already perceive a different world from ours,” explains Dr. Gori. “This is the first study that investigates multisensory integration in blind infants using pure sensory stimulations. In recent years, we have developed technologies for older blind children. These new results will enable us to develop new rehabilitative technologies for early intervention that we can use in this highly sensitive period of early development.”
Co-author, Professor Andrew Bremner at the University of Birmingham, says: “We know a lot about how visually impaired adults and children perceive the world because we can ask them, and there are plenty of resources that can help them develop and improve that understanding.
“It’s much harder to understand how visually impaired infants develop their awareness of – and response to – the world around them, but also really important to support them effectively during this early, crucial, developmental stage. These insights can be used to improve the tools and resources being designed for this purpose. “
These discoveries, according to the researchers, may result in early sensory treatment options or rehabilitation equipment that would assist visually impaired babies to examine more deeply their perceptions of the world.