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News number: 8710041251

15:22 | 2008-12-24

Science

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Blind Man Flawlessly Navigates Maze

TEHRAN (FNA)- European researchers reported a blind individual who using subconscious resources navigates through a maze of obstacles unaided.



According to the study published in Current Biology, a patient suffering from damages to the visual cortex - the main cerebral region responsible for what an individual sees - following consecutive strokes, was able to walk around chairs and boxes faultlessly without the aid of his cane or another person.

Scientists claim the patient thought he was walking straight ahead along a long corridor, indicating that he was unaware of doing anything exceptional.

The study revealed that alternative visual paths in the brain can subconsciously help individuals navigate an obstacle course.

Previous studies had reported a similar ability in monkeys with comparable brain damages.

Harvard Medical School researchers concluded that individuals can use their subconscious to perform extraordinary texts.