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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2021, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (12): 2131-2146.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2021.02131

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The influence of blindness on auditory vocabulary recognition

FENG Jie1, XU Juan2, WU Xinchun3()   

  1. 1Beijing Electronic Science and Technology Institute, Beijing 100070, China
    2Special Education College, Beijing Union University, Beijing 100075, China
    3Research Center of Children's Reading and Learning, Beijing Key Laboratory of Applied Experimental Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
  • Received:2021-02-24 Published:2021-10-26
  • Contact: WU Xinchun


Auditory vocabulary recognition involves complex cognitive processing. Blind people have been reported to exhibit specific advantages in auditory vocabulary processing. However, because of the lack of visual experience, blind people exhibit weaker semantic processing and understanding of some vision-related words (such as color words) compared with individuals with normal vision. Future research should focus on the following issues: examining the visual relevance of vocabulary recognition; carrying out in-depth explorations of cognitive and neurophysiological processing mechanisms at different levels, including phonology, orthography, and semantics; developing auditory vocabulary processing models that reflect the characteristics of blind people's perception; and expanding developmental studies with people of different ages. Taken together, this research may be useful for revealing the mechanisms underlying the influence of blindness on auditory vocabulary recognition among blind people.

Key words: blind people, auditory vocabulary recognition, phonology, semantics, orthography

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