HEARING THE VISION: Creating Visual Perception through Audtory Stimuli

Open Access
Clark, Zelnnetta
Area of Honors:
Letters, Arts, and Sciences (Abington)
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Jacob Arthur Benfield, Thesis Supervisor
  • David E Ruth, Honors Advisor
  • Perception
  • Shapes
  • interconnectivity
Centering around visual impairments, this baseline study seeks to aim as a tool that will further develop into a rehabilitation method for this population. Our abstract device serves as a future potential navigation device for those with visual impairments. In which generating sound files to represent visual cues that are easily identifiable and disguisable. In my research, I hypothesized that participants who are blindfolded will rely on their other senses, in particular, their auditory sense and are able to overall accurately discriminate between sounds of shapes while interconnecting them with the correct shape visuals in comparison to those who are not blindfolded. A survey was conducted to thirty-nine participants between the ages of eighteen to twenty-five. The survey was based on sound files that were generated from a LIDAR device and participants were asked to identify the sounds with the respective shape. Independent samples t-test showed insignificant results in accuracy between conditions. Replication and further development of this research should be considered to continue developing this abstractive rehabilitation tool.