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“Eye-opening” study says humans echolocate like bats

Mar 06, 2018, 6:37 AM EST
(Source: PopTech/flickr)
(Source: PopTech/flickr)

“Echolocation,” the process of identifying the position of nearby objects by sound reflecting off them, isn’t the sole territory of bats; some blind people are also using this science to navigate the world with near perfection.

A study published in the Royal Society journal Proceedings B reveals how expert echolocators produce mouth clicks of varying intensity to precisely “visualize” the ambient environment, including the shape, size, material and distance of objects in the vicinity, notes the BBC.

The study concludes that the skill of echolocation is learnable if the experts share their strategies and teach other visually impaired people, writes The Guardian.

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