Talk by Prof. Pascal Barone

Event Date: 
Fri, 06/06/2014 - 12:00

CBC Seminars

Pascal Barone, from Centre de Recherche Cerveu & Cognition - UMR5549 in University of Toulouse (France), invited by Nuria Sebastián Gallés (SAP Group)


Title: Crossmodal compensation and multisensory interactions in deafness


Research with humans and animals has shown that the loss of a given sensory modality may lead to compensatory mechanisms and increased reliance on the remaining modalities. In the case of deafness, the acquisition of visual skills is one of the sensory substitution strategies developed by patients to recover social communication. This crossmodal compensation is accompanied by important functional reorganizations expressed by the colonization of the deprived cortical areas by the spared modalities. However we took the opportunity to study the crossmodal reorganization that can occur in profoundly deaf adult patients with a cochlear implant (CI). The CI is a neuroprosthesis that can efficiently allow postlingual deaf subjects to recover auditory functions especially speech intelligibility. Thus, the access to CI patients allows the unique possibility to analyze the cortical reorganization induced by a long period of deafness and its “mirror-image” when the auditory function is rescued by the implant. 








Friday, June 6th, at 12:00



Campus de la Comunicacio UPF, C/ Roc Boronat, 132. MAP
Edifici 52 (Ed. Roc Boronat), room 52.S25

Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

How to get there:

Metro: Llacuna or Poblenou <L4>, Glories <L1>, Tram: Ca l’aranyó [T4]