The Frontal Cortex

Goalball

I would love to watch this sport in person:

Goalball participants compete in teams of three, and try to throw a ball that has bells embedded in it, into the opponents’ goal. They must use the sound of the bell to judge the position and movement of the ball. Games consist of two 10 minute halves. Blindfolds allow partially sighted players to compete on an equal footing with blind players.

Think, for a moment, about what an impressive cognitive feat that is. The rest of us depend almost entirely on our vision to localize objects in space. But these athletes have learned how to detect fast motion with their ears. What a great cohort for some future fMRI study on plasticity in the auditory cortex. Here is a picture, courtesy of The Big Picture Blog:

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Comments

  1. #1 gregorylent
    September 12, 2008

    there are understandings among yogic communities that the so-called third eye sees in 360 degrees, that blind people can see in that way .. just rambling, cool post, thanks

  2. #2 Joe
    September 12, 2008

    This looks like a really cool game.

  3. #3 sericmarr
    September 13, 2008

    Could this contribute to the development of the auditory imagination where music is generated by the mind and the individual “hears” the music. Anyone with anecdotal or other information on this phenomenom???

  4. #4 John Jackson
    September 18, 2008

    Surely “Bell ball” would be a much better name! What ball game doesn’t have some kind of goal? :-)

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