See with Your Tongue? You Betcha!

February 23, 2008

Speaking of improving nature, check out this little gem on rewiring the brains of those with neurological difficulties.

The main highlight: a blind man that develops the ability to see with his tongue! Sound like crap? Then you don’t know Ingenuity!

If you don’t have the time to watch the video, the basic idea is this: the tongue is one of the most underutilized parts of the human body in terms of touch. It’s super sensitive, but all it gets to touch is your food (well, amongst other, erm, ‘things’). So they set up a morse-code-esque device on the man’s tongue that projects a black and white image of his surroundings into a contour map. Which just sounds incredibly inconvenient. But according to the guy, it ends up feeling like seeing. And they find that the parts of the brain used for seeing start to fire when he uses his tongue to see! Weird stuff.

Again, just goes to show you that you just have to put your mind (or tongue!) to a task to make it happen.

Thank you, science!


One Response to “See with Your Tongue? You Betcha!”

  1. dave in the west said

    mindfuck much? You know, they say that’s where synesthesia comes from. Your senses get wired to the wrong inputs and then you’re like… oh man, that turkey tastes blue.

    Think of it as putting an audio signal into a video jack. You’re still interpreting the data, but the message is like… euh? But luckily with the brain, you can change how you interpret data. So it becomes your eyes. Man… fuck.

    So crazy.

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